Let’s have a brief look outside the wonderful world of Girard-Perregaux and go way back in time to the 1930s. In the 1930s square was very fashionable. And when you think square watches, you cannot discuss them without mentioning the Reverso.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso would have been most likely long forgotten by now if it would not have been one of those vintage revivals. Unlike many other vintage revivals, the Reverso was a very early resurrection in the 1980s and that explains its cult status today as well.
An Art Deco Style Icon, the classic Reverso is timeless.
Classic Art Deco and the clever Reverso case mechanism are timeless designs. There are a lot of similarities with the GP Vintage 1945, which was a vintage revival in 1995, but the classic Reverso was well ahead of the game.
Here we have a Jaeger-LeCoutltre Reverso from around 1937 with Seconde Central, Ref 203. A special design with black dial and a white ring with only a minute counter. Luminous markers and hands provide a distinguished look.
As most of the watches from that time period, the Reverso is quite small, probably around the same size as a modern Ladies Reverso, but as it is clearly recognisable as a vintage Reverso, the size is secondary and the watch still has a good wrist presence.
The Reverso is no longer in my collection but I enjoyed it very much during that time.