A look at Amelia Earhart's Reverso.

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-00:05
This is a Watch you will never see, other than at the Heritage Gallery of the JLC Manufacture, or during an " all over the world " exhibition, if you are Lucky.

This Watch was made circa 1935, to celebrate Mrs Earhart's flight between Mexico and New York on the 8th of May 1935.

The laquered engraving is sublime and may give some ideas to those of us who own a Reverso with a solid verso side.

The simplicity of a dial displaying the hour, minute and the small seconds on a classic and understated white- quite normal- background...

Contrasting with a very elegant, eye catching and envouting decorum, just to remind that the Grande Maison doesn't not only watchmakers, but also artists.

If you add the historical dimension of this piece unique, well... You have a milestone, an impossible one to get, which is necessary for a Watch collector, just to feed his dreams.

I thought it would be good to see some real pictures of this Watch, with its dial which has never been taken in picture...



and the best part is

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : January 2nd, 2014-00:49
that LeCoultre is not written above seconds dial
amazing piece
the back side is just mesmerizing
knowing when the watch was made
thank you for this slice of heaven

This is a nice piece of History, indeed. BUT this can also give some ideas

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-01:12

To those who want to personalize their TT R 1931...


Best, my friend.



 By: Spellbound : January 2nd, 2014-01:04
Can you please remind JLC to issue a Tribute piece in 2015 to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of that flight. And to make the re-edition EXACTLY the same as this one !  


I will try to do so. ;)

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-01:10

IMO ...

 By: bimbeano : January 2nd, 2014-02:17
... JLC should wait till 2035 ... seems more appropriate ... but you'll only have to wait a little bit longer smile

Filip (in an evil mood)

That is long! ;)

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-02:25

I know ...

 By: bimbeano : January 2nd, 2014-03:04
... but take a look at me ... i'm now saving money for 2027 ... the year Longines will hopefully make a nice re-edition of Lindberghs watch ... smile ... and i can't wait till 2069 for Omega to release a very epic Speedmaster ;-) ....


I admire your patience, Filip. :)))

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-03:16

Weell. I guess.. One has to be a Vampire to wait THAT long.. ;)

 By: hs111 : January 2nd, 2014-09:57

But even for a vampire, it is a long time! ;)

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-10:04

VERY NICE shots!

 By: jrwong23 (aka watchthebin) : January 2nd, 2014-02:11
of such a historical timepiece.
The lacqured back is amazingly done. Looks great and also not so fragile like enamel (I believe some of the JLC Reversos have enamel backs but I believe enamel will crack when users flip the Reversos too hard/quick).

Thanks for sharing Nicolas


My pleasure, Robin. Yes, this one is really superb.

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-02:27

A most unexpected "pilot's watch"

 By: Tim_M : January 2nd, 2014-04:52
Well, I can't say I ever considered the Reverso a "pilot's watch," but it really works in this sense smile

It's as iconic of its era as Mrs. Earhart, and it *is* surprisingly readable with those standout Arabic numerals on the dial.

Plus the dial, black strap, and green/white treatment of the verso really pop as a color palette.

If I may ask, what are the dimensions of this vintage Reverso?


39 x 23 mm, Tim.

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-08:40

Wow, love the engraving on the back.

 By: Seeks : January 2nd, 2014-05:42
thanks for sharing!

Thanks for looking, Seeks.

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-07:52

Nice report on this unique piece

 By: ED209 : January 2nd, 2014-08:03

Thanks for sharing such wonderful pics of a rare Reverso.



My pleasure, Ed.

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-08:05


 By: ocwatching : January 2nd, 2014-08:22

another piece of history and nice to know that JLC was on Earhart's wrist..
the caseback is fantastic..we have been meaning to do something to our TTR..

I posted that watch to feed the TT R 1931 owners' imagination. ;)

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-08:41

Thank you Nicolas !

 By: Mike H : January 2nd, 2014-08:45

You always surprise me! Thank you so much for letting us discover such unique pieces of history, such amazingly beautiful pieces!

So simple, so nice, so classical with a subtle touch of originality; simply gorgeous!



Yes, my friend. I was envouted by this one, but JLC doesn't want to sell it! :)

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-09:14

What a fantastic dial and reverse(o)...

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : January 2nd, 2014-08:49
... Thanks for sharing this my friend smile


My pleasure, Hans!

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-09:16

WOW ! - What more can one say.. A juwel and a piece of history

 By: hs111 : January 2nd, 2014-09:53
.. in fact, for me, the front/ recto side is also marvellous,
with this art Deco look .. Simply enjoyable !

And this one of these verso - backside always will leave us with admiration for the creator,
the artist, and the person, to whose hommage this envouting specimen
has been born..

Also, your pictures do that beauty justice.. fantastique.. !

Finally a slight question :
- I somehow think to remember that in one of the Reverso's (?) Jubile posts or a
summary post about the DNA of this icon, there was another (!?) Reverso, where
by using a simliar concept for the artwork , various flight- routes and points were
engraved. - If I remember, it was either on the occasion of the first woman pilot
transatlantic solo flight ( 1932) or even a (partial) round the world hommage..

- If so, I also wondered, whether this 2nd watch also is in the heritage gallery,
or maybe if the heirs of Mrs Earhart or another museum are the current owners (?).

- Having said so, of course, sadly one remembers history quite well, that
Amelia Earhart, together with her navigator, disappeared and deceased
on a round the world flight attempt, in July 1937, only aged 39 yrs, somewhere in the Pacific,
in this attempt for a circumnavigational flight round the globe. ( source: Wikipedia, Internet),

Thank you for sharing with us this masterful sample of art, where life, art and destiny
are interwoven within a horological remarkable and fascinating example.

It is always a pleasure, to slowly enjoy and digest, what and when you come back from LGM,
and their Heritage Gallery.

You nicely made my early evening..

Best, hs
smile smile

I am not sure there was another woman pilot who received such a Reverso...

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-10:03

Will have to check that... But there was a Reverso dedicated to a Racing Event... Maybe here lies the confusion?

Thanks for your input, my friend. Much appreciated.



Thx for the kindness.. You were absolutely right, Nico.. I was right a bit, as well.. As..

 By: hs111 : January 2nd, 2014-12:07
..another Reverso's backside depicting a flight route, but of a male aviator,which was reported and pictured by 219 ( aka Andrew H) in an excellent report about:

" A Historical Watch and a Watch of History: An Appeal for the Reverso Virtual museum"
on January 23, 2011, on the JLC Forum
- Unfortunately I've forgotten how to make a working link directly to that post,
( so please bear with me, if you like - Thus, I just have to work with a citation)
- This post also covers a number of famous Verso - sides of Reversos

The picture of this Reverso aviation Backside ( credit: 219) is below:

Andrew H description indicates : The Italian aviator Balbo , in 1933 led a fleet
of twenty four Flying boats on a round-trip/ 7-legs flight from Rome to Chicago
and the Verso- side shows those waypoints..

Another flight route and aviation witness.. Credit: 219/ Andrew H
Another flight route and aviation witness.. Credit: 219/ Andrew H

And Yes, the craftmanship for these extraordinary hommage items indeed and as well stunning..
- That way history is captured on the back of a watch..

Best, hs

PS: For those of you, wanting this cited post, pls use the Search Function and the Title above
for the JLC forum ( but maybe our kind moderator can Edit in the direct link to there)
- Sorry, for the inconvenience

You have the memory of an elephant, my friend. Thanks for the picture!

 By: amanico : January 2nd, 2014-12:59

Thanks for the kindness.. Feeling honored.. Elephants also "engrave" into their memory..

 By: hs111 : January 2nd, 2014-14:00
Thank you for these kind words,
Best, hs

- this craftmanship in JLC has been and is amazing; and
your post & pics are stimulating, indeed..
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