When talking about Jaeger LeCoultre, a well-respected Swiss brand and watchmaker, it’s hard not to mention its iconic collection and masterpiece, the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso. It features timepieces that are sophisticated, elegant, and comes with its trademark reversible case.
The collection offers a wide range of models to choose from that may range from about $4,000 to $20,000. Its high complications, the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon and Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon are another matter as they can cost a few hundred thousand dollars!
Yes, we know, most watch enthusiasts are not ready to spend thousands on a single timepiece. That is why we prepared this post: to provide you with other options of similar look or style but with a much lower price tag.
Yet, before we proceed with the list of alternatives, let’s talk more about Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso and know more about its background and features.
The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso was designed and crafted in response to a certain challenge back in the 1930s. During that time, polo is considered a gentleman’s sport and is one of the favorite leisure activities of the British army officers in India. However, because of the rigors and rush of the game, the crystals of their watches were getting shattered.
This is why Jaeger LeCoultre craftsmen have developed a timepiece with a reversible case thereby protecting the watch face from the abuses of the sport. The case back, on the other hand, serves as a blank canvass for the wearer as it may be engraved or enameled to make it more personal. The collection also appeals to both men and
In addition to that, the designers of the brand also made sure that its aesthetic would also be appealing. Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso thus takes on Art Deco style characterized by glamour and fine rectangular lines. See other Art Deco style watches here
While it’s impossible to find a true rival to the unique dual-sided case of the iconic watch, based on the overall style and design here are some of the best affordable alternatives for Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso.
Best Affordable Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Alternatives
Peugeot Vintage Rectangular 2051GBK
Let’s start with the most affordable alternative – Peugeot Vintage Rectangular 2051GBK. Its watch case and bezel are made of yellow gold-plated metal while the strap is of black croc-textured leather with a tang buckle clasp. The silver dial is textured with Roman numerals as hour markers and indices as the minute markers. The hands are metallic blue and are powered by a quartz movement from Seiko. The dial window is then covered by mineral crystal glass. This timepiece is water-resistant to 100 feet. More so, Peugeot offers a limited lifetime warranty with free battery replacement.
The Seiko Solar is a sophisticated-looking dress watch that’s pretty impressive considering its price. However, it doesn’t have the reversible case feature.
On the upside, it is solar-powered with a six-month power reserve so you don’t have to worry about replacing the battery after some time. The rectangular watch case is a gold-plated stainless steel case and comes with a black croc-textured leather strap. It comes with a white dial with Roman numerals and railway markings around the center.
From its classic collection, next, we have is Bulova 96B269. Its combination of silver and black strongly exudes elegance and sophistication for men. First, it comes with a 47mm silver-toned rectangular stainless steel case. Then a black dial with date feature at 6 o’clock, marked with silver-tone Arabic numerals and minute indices. Even the hands are also silver. To complete its overall look is a black leather strap embossed with a crocodile grain. Its water resistance is up to 30 meters and it uses quartz movement.
Daniel Steiger The Monticello
After Bulova’s silver and black, this one, Daniel Steiger The Monticello, primarily used gold and black. The bezel and watch case are both made of stainless steel and 18k gold while the black strap is made of leather. Its rectangular dial is marked with gold geometric shapes and lines and comes with a date window at 12 o’clock. It also has a dual-time display feature seen at 6 o’clock. Its timekeeping and all its features on the dial are powered by a quartz movement.
More so, as with all other Daniel Steiger timepieces, this one is also covered by a five-year unlimited movement warranty.
LIP T18 Churchill
LIP T18 Churchill comes with a rectangular 316L gold-plated stainless steel case and a brown cowhide leather strap. On the dial, you’d see two-tone gold with black Arabic numerals and two black-toned hands. At 6 o’clock is a second-tracker subdial. Around the watch face are rectangular markings, in line with Reverso’s Art Deco style. More so, it uses a quartz Ronda movement and is water-resistant to 30 meters.
In this particular watch forum, the LIP T18 Churchill was one of the options mentioned. Despite not having a reversible case, its classic elegance resembles that of Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso. It was originally produced around the late 1930s and was adored for its high precision. It was designed mainly for men but its more recent reproductions appeal more to women.
Eterna 1935 Eterna-Matic -Ladies Option
Now, this one’s primarily for classy women. The Eterna 1935 Eterna-Matic is built with a 35mm rectangular stainless steel case that has been brushed and polished, along with the sapphire crystal window and a screw-in case back. The dial, moreover, is black with silver-toned indices and silver-toned luminous hands. The date window is located at 6 o’clock. The second-hand sweeps since the timepiece use Swiss automatic movement – ETA caliber 2681 – with a 38-hour power reserve. It is rated 3 ATM in terms of water resistance and comes with a black croco-textured leather strap.
Oris Rectangular Date Automatic
The Oris Rectangular Date Automatic is quite a deviation from all the previously-listed alternatives mainly because of its strap. This one shuns away from the leather strap and comes instead with a stainless steel bracelet, matching its stainless steel case. The rectangular dial is also silver, with Arabic numeral markers, a date feature at 3 o’clock, and luminous hands. For the dial window, it uses sapphire crystal glass. And for timekeeping, it is an automatic self-winder timepiece. It is also water-resistant for 50 meters.
Longines Dolce Vita Men’s Watch
Longines has several watch models in its Dolce Vita line that offer a good alternative to the Reverso.
One popular watch from this collection is the Longines Dolce Vita(L5.7220.127.116.11) a stainless steel watch with an automatic, Caliber L592 movement.
This watch has a silver “flinque” dial with painted striking blue Roman numerals and blue steel hands. The strap, which is also blue, has an alligator design with buckle. Available in either black alligator or stainless steel straps.
Around the time that the Reverso was launched, the Cartier Basculante was also introduced. Although this model was already obsolete, you can still find quite cheaper pre-owned units on eBay.
It is also a rectangular wristwatch and in fact a pioneer of such design. To reverse its case, the Cartier Basculante comes with a swinging frame through which the case may be flipped upside down. As such, even though the watch face is flipped over, it is safely protected inside a frame. More so, the swinging frame also allows the Basculante to stand fully upright, instantly turning it into a tiny table clock.
The Cartier Basculante also has a classic and elegant design, fusing the yellow gold case and frame with a black leather strap. As with most other Cartier timepieces, it also comes with the iconic Roman numerals, rectangular railroad minute tracker, and blue hands. The movement is also pretty impressive as it comes with manually wound caliber 610 that was sourced from Fréderique Piguet.
One of the well-known, more affordable option is the Rotary Revelation.
Although, instead of switching between the watch face and the case back, the Rotary Revelation offers you two rectangular reversible analog dials. One is a white dial with Roman Numeral hour markers while the other features a black dial with Arabic numerals and a date window at 6 o’clock. Whichever you opt to show, both dials look sophisticated and classy. These dials are then encased with silver stainless steel marked with vertical lines. It also has a mineral crystal window and a black croc-textured leather strap that completes that overall formal style. It uses quartz movement and is water-resistant to 30 meters. It is frequently mentioned in various forums such as this one.
Rotary Evolution TZ2
If you don’t want the look of the above-mentioned Rotary Revelation, another related option is the Rotary Evolution TZ2.
It still comes with two rectangular reversible dials. One is silver-toned with rose gold indices and hands, and a subdial at 6 o’clock while the other dial is black with Roman numeral markers, rose gold hands and a date window at 6 o’clock. The watch case is rose gold-plated stainless steel with vertical lines on the sides while the strap is brown croc-textured leather with a push-button deployment clasp. It is also powered by a quartz movement and is water-resistant to 30 meters.
Here’s a closer look and very detailed description of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso: