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Box Play: Jaeger-LeCoultre reference E 109 and E 159

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We started to look into boxes for the Funky 70’s Memovox, but I thought it would be fun to take a detour and take a look at some 1940’s boxes…

 

Let’s have a look at the reference E 109 (left) and the E 159 (right):

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Two watches sharing the same case, but with different movements inside.

The E 109 sub-second, Calibre P469/A and the E 159 central second, Calibre P478.

Yes, similar movements that are related to some more famous watches…

The British W.W.W with the sub-second movement Calibre 479, central second, the Mk 11/Calibre 488/SBr and of course the Geophysic P478/BWSBr!

 

The two were created in the 1940’s but were produced also in the 1950’s.

In 1945 the price for E 109: Steel 98 FR, Gold 470 FR, E 159: Steel 110 FR, Gold 470 FR.

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Several different dials existed, also several similar references but with slightly different cases.

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Now the box. Imagine a large match box, made of cardboard paper in green…

And you get this:

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The boxes are so small that the watches just fit inside, no padding, nothing.

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Except for the logo on the front, how do I know these boxes belong to these watches?

Well, it says so on the back!

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Steel wrist watch, for gentleman, with shockabsorber (Parashock), waterproof, Mod. E 159:

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And since the E 109 and E 159 were produced at the same time, its not a big stretch to assume they had similar boxes…

Love to play with boxes… Especially when its for a very special watch, the S.H.O.M.

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Best

Blomman

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Baron - Mr Red August 9th, 2018-12:04
adds so much authenticity "feel" to a vintage I have to say, i also much prefer these smaller less ostentantious boxes to the ones of today
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blomman Mr Blue August 9th, 2018-15:15
To find matching box, buckle, etc.... Adds a lot of joy and good feel to a watch for sure! Thank you, Baron! Best Blomman
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Makilla August 9th, 2018-12:41
Wow how gorgeous these pieces are, perfect duo 👌🏼  
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blomman Mr Blue August 10th, 2018-01:25
They compliment each other in a perfect way... Yin and Yang! ;) Thank you, Makilla! Best Blomman
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amanico August 9th, 2018-14:01
Super duo, of course, but for me, the interest of your pictures is relative to... The boxes! I never saw one from that era.  
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blomman Mr Blue August 10th, 2018-01:26
Not much more than match box boxes...! :)  
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amanico August 10th, 2018-02:04
Same for watches from the late Fifties?  
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blomman Mr Blue August 10th, 2018-03:15
Not exactly, IMO But we will play with boxes from the 1950's later...! Best Blomman
Gelato Monster August 9th, 2018-17:23
Thank you Blomman Enlightening study
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blomman Mr Blue August 10th, 2018-01:26
My pleasure, GM! :)  
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Box Play 1940’s: Omega Suverän reference 2400-7

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Another example of 1940’s Omega with not overly large box. I never saw a special box for the Suverän as I did for the Officer, but both models were specially made for the Swedish market. Both boxes are of the same style, light beige/yellow, brown text, made of carboard paper with brown velvet interior. As shown in my previous post, the Officer had a special Officer box: On the Suverän box it says “PRECISION WATCH” which was used for several different models during that time.


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