Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control

We don’t typically pay much attention to modern watches, but even vintage snobs like us can’t ignore JLC.

To be honest, we're not really sure what it is that grabs us about them; it could be their designs, which are indisputably timeless and perpetually appealing.  It could be their quality, which, lets face it - is simply tops.  It could be their value, which certainly plays a role.  Whatever it is, modern pieces from JLC speak to us with the same soft timbre as the vintage pieces we more commonly lust after and ultimately present in our collection.  They exude a kind indefinable X-Factor that pushes a piece to be more than the sum of its parts, finding its way into the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Indeed, whether it is a Reverso, a heritage edition Deep Sea Alarm, a Geophysic or a Perpetual Calendar, JLC manages to evoke a stirring emotional response from even the most diehard vintage timepiece collectors (that'd be yours truly), and more than one of their modern timepieces has found their way into our personal watch boxes. 

For a modern watch, the Master Control Triple Date sure looks like something that could be 50 years old, and we mean that in a good way, a very good way. With it’s 37mm case, calendar track around the perimeter of the dial and central day and date displays, this watch features many of the favorite design elements of mid-century wristwatches. It’s about as understated as a complete calendar can get, and that’s what makes this watch work so well as either a classy everyday wearer or dress piece. On one of our vintage-style leather straps it’s the perfect weekend watch, and on a nice alligator strap it’s ready for the boardroom.

We love JLC in part because they are a true manufacture, producing a wide range of in-house movements. This watch is powered by the excellent Caliber 891 movement, which is designed to meet JLC’s rigorous quality standards, including passing its 1000-hour test before leaving the factory.

The Master Control exudes the brilliance of modern design coupled with the emotional connection only a brand with the gravitas and wherewithal of Jaeger-LeCoultre could pull off.  Simply perfect.

For more information on the 1000 Hours Testing, check out Jaeger-LeCoultre's website, HERE.


Steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown). JLC Reference 140.8.87, circa 2000.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition over all, with only light wear marks visible. Silver dial signed 'Jaeger-LeCoultre' is immaculate, as are the original hands.

Comes on brown alligator strap with JLC-signed buckle. Also includes original box.

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