In WW2, under increasing pressure from the Germans, the MoD needed to kit out their Troops with a Wristwatch that would stand the harsh realities of War.
The watches also had to have a black dial, Arabic numerals, luminous hour and minute hands, luminous hour markers, a railroad minute track, a shatterproof crystal, and a stainless-steel case. Powering them would be 15-jewel movements, measuring between 11.75 and 13 lignes.
The 12 companies chosen were: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor, and Vertex.
There were only 6,000 JLC's issued to troops during the Second World War, who knows how many survive.
This Particular JLC boasts the best Case Condition I have ever seen on one of these chrome topped pieces, they are extremely prone to wear.
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Movement: Manual wind with Sub Seconds.
Dial: Original Jaeger LeCoultre Military Dial.
Crystal: Correct Crystal.
Bits that stand out:
- Original Dial and Hand Lume, administered by the MoD.
- Hard to find and to find one in such good, particularly the Chrome Case.
- Fully serviced Movement.
Overall the JLC is in wonderful condition.