LeCoultre 17J grade 481 automatic (self-winding) wind indicator wrist watch, case #297516, nickel split and bridge plate movement with a fancy layout and bold red ruby jewels, 2-tone light & dark champagne-toned metal dial with a matte finish has a sloping outer edge finished with the light color and supporting fancy luminous Arabic-style numbers, dark and light sections of the dial are separated by a ring of black minute markers, darker area is marked "LeCoultre Automatic" and has an arc-shaped aperture near 12 o'clock that displays the time remaining on the current wind-down of the watch, apertures is bordered in red and displays black Arabic numbers and markers on a white background, dial has some patina and the numbers have lost their luminous properties however there are no heavy scratches or defects, fancy blue steel skeletonized whip-style hands with luminous inserts and a blue sweep second hand, the luminous material on the hands has also lost its light absorbing properties.
Heavy round smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) case with a sloped bezel supporting a slightly domed plastic crystal, fancy raised sculpted extended lugs and a replacement Bulova-marked crown, case is showing normal moderate wear with some small spots of brass starting to show on lugs and near the crown, measures approx. 34mm in diameter x 43mm lug to lug x 11mm thick (crystal included), deeply textured black leather strap band. A very high quality and desirable vintage LeCoultre wrist watch from the 1950s in very good overall condition!
- Year Made: 1950s
- Company: LeCoultre
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 481
- Serial #: (case) #297516
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: wind indicator, bridge layout, fancy plate layout
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Dial Details: luminous numbers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
Case Width, without crown:
34mm (1.34 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: plastic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of January 18th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this
wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist
watches; as this watch is currently offered at our
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Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, however we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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