Lecoultre Compass Camera.

Mar 21, 2020,03:05 AM

As some of you may not know that, Jaeger Lecoultre sometimes explored other fields than watches only. They made some tools such as the millionometer which allows a great accuracy in the making of some watch parts and some other things such as this Compass Camera. 

This camera was not conceived and designed by the Company from the Vallée de Joux, but by Noel Pemberton Billing, who was an adventurer and a businessman among other things. But the project was achieved by Jaeger Lecoultre for the Company Compass Camera, based in London.

The project started in 1934, ended in 1937 and was available for sale from 1937 to 1941 for  a total of a bit less than 4000 pieces.  

The challenge of the Compass is to offer 24 x 36 mm exposures in reduced proportions.

Can you imagine that the proportions of the body, made in aluminium, are 30 x 53 x 70 mm only? 

The only problem is that you really need surgeon's fingers to use it, as you can see on the pictures. 

The other problem is to find one, as they very rarely come out of the wood for sale. But for a Jaeger Lecoultre aficionado, it is a must have! A pure marvel of engineering.

And it means a lot that Jaeger Lecoultre was asked to achieve this project!

For the photographers among us, here is a technical document showing the different characteristics and possibilities offered by this camera: 



PS: I will happily credit these pictures on request, as I don't know who to credit for them. 

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How to put it on the wrist without strap? ))))))

 By: serg70 : March 21st, 2020-03:24
Thanx Nicolas for sharing this beauty... Have not seen it before WBR Serge

It is a true tour de force [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : March 21st, 2020-04:22

JLC made gauges for Citroën

 By: Weems@8 : March 21st, 2020-04:25
My brothers Citroën DS from 1973 have JLC gauges. The Jeager marks.


 By: Jurry : March 21st, 2020-06:15
The early early version of a spy cam. I wasn’t aware they had ventured of in making these. But it looks great. One of those things to buy and put on display under glass bowl Not in the living room, but in our own man cave. That’s where it belongs

Fascinating [nt]

 By: descartes1 : March 21st, 2020-06:18

And I can see why

 By: EinPa : March 21st, 2020-06:47
An engineering masterpiece and a piece of art as well

Yep, exactly that. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 21st, 2020-07:22

Thanks for reminding me how cool this thing is. I remember marveling at it in the McKeown's camera collectors books back when I was more into cameras than watches. When cameras

 By: InDebtButOnTime : March 21st, 2020-08:54
turned into injection moulded computers my interest shifted. I still love photography but in many ways its now stuck in an endless "quarts crisis".

Wow! That's impressive!

 By: patrick_y : March 21st, 2020-11:37
My inner James Bond wants one of these! My practical side of the brain says I'll never use it.

That's it! [nt]

 By: amanico : March 21st, 2020-12:34

Very interesting

 By: rwk : March 21st, 2020-12:59
Thanks for posting Nicolas! -- Best, -- Richard.

Surely a collector item

 By: Quan : May 1st, 2020-23:11
thanks for the eye opener my friend