Here are a few data points...

Jan 28, 2015,13:20 PM

...from past for-sale listings by Zaf Basha:

He believes the dial to have been refinished perfectly. The movement also dates to 1945. The seconds hand is the same shape as mine, though gold, but the minutes and hours hands have the same dauphine shape.

Here's another one:

He believes this dial was also a refinish, but the numerals are closer to the style of your 1945 catalog (though the hands are still the dauphine style). The movement in this one also dates to 1945.

Here's one with a 1946 movement:

The dial is repainted poorly with a dreadful logo, and the seconds hand looks to have been trimmed. But a repaint doesn't replace raised numerals. This had a P450 movement but the lugs are a semi-teardrop design. Is this a 2953? I've seen several examples in teardrop cases, but your 1945 catalog suggests these might be a different reference. Certainly we don't see the long hands or the dot minute markers as on the Swedish example from over a decade later.

Here's a similar dial in original condition, with raised numerals. But the date is unknown (to me):

Given the lack of correlation between date and style, my suspicion is that the watches were made in batches, and each batch reflected a little different set of details.

All of these were discussed in Zaf's forum (and I hope referencing them here doesn't break any unwritten rule), so you all have probably seen them.

As I mentioned before, I've seen similarly designed watches with outer minute tracks that used a caliber 820 in a 33mm case. Do we know the size and caliber of those Swedish watches? Maybe they thought 35.5mm was too big for a watch by the late 50's, and shrank the reference 2953.

Rick "curious" Denney

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Sweden’s biggest order of JLC watches through history?!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 27th, 2015-12:24
Friends, Some years ago I found this ad from 1957: As gifts to employees that had been with the company for 25 years or more, the Swedish Metal Association ordered for their 50 years anniversary a total of 1276 Jaeger-LeCoultre gold watches! What I find i...  

Well Blomman

 By: Starman : January 27th, 2015-13:08
Past couple of years I am afraid a lot of companies were not that loyal to their employees either! Hope companies don't start giving away JLC watches; we have to keep it our little big secret. Still a nice piece of history in general and of JLC history; t... 

I have no clue why ....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 27th, 2015-13:38
They choose JLC... Best deal on 1276 watches..? These are solid gold. Yes, the work climate changes... Best Blomman

I would say both....

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 27th, 2015-13:40
It is a very small angle on the dial if I don't recall wrong, but it is also different surface/tone on the inner and outer part of the dial. Thank you, my friend. Best Blomman

Mine seems to be all one color

 By: rdenney : January 27th, 2015-22:36
Blomman, you and I have corresponded about my JLC ref. 2953 that is identical to the lower picture in your 12-1/2''' catalog page. Perhaps you found that page as a result of our correspondence. I do believe that the change in color is not two-tone, but ra...  

I haven't forgot about your request, Rick!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 28th, 2015-10:49
Hi Rick and welcome here (officially)! Yes, your request and the fact that my friend showed me the same reference triggered this post! And also my question if the Swedish order had special dials... Your watch from 1945 have the same dial as in the catalog...  

As always! ;) [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 29th, 2015-12:52

Mine looks like the slightly later version...

 By: rdenney : January 28th, 2015-12:23
...that is in your 1955 catalog, but it's only a minor variation on the example in the 1945 catalog. I dated the movement, not the watch, so it's possible that the watch was made a year or three later, and perhaps the dial migrated to the later design rig... 

Here are a few data points...

 By: rdenney : January 28th, 2015-13:20
...from past for-sale listings by Zaf Basha: He believes the dial to have been refinished perfectly. The movement also dates to 1945. The seconds hand is the same shape as mine, though gold, but the minutes and hours hands have the same dauphine shape. He...  

The Swedish version is 35.5 mm

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 29th, 2015-13:02
I would rule out all watches with other case shapes/lugs and other calibers as other references than 2953... I can't be 100% sure, but normally if different case shape = different reference. Same goes for movement... I have asked for my friends movement n... 

I suspect the 2953 had several different dials over the years

 By: rdenney : January 27th, 2015-22:42
I have seen photos of watches that responded to searches on the reference 2953 that had applied Arabics on the cardinal positions as this one does. But the late-50's date is much different than what I suspect is the mid-40's date of the watch in your cata... 

There is one watch which makes me think about the 2953...

 By: amanico : January 27th, 2015-22:49
This one... P 476. But which is not... Best, Rick. ...  

See my reply above [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 28th, 2015-10:50

Thank you, Asi! :) [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : January 28th, 2015-11:04