1930s Cartier Jump Hour Yellow Gold Replica Watch

When we came across today’s Cartier Jump Hour Yellow Gold Replica Watch , we were really blown away.  It is a Cartier from the 1930s, and it is a Jumping Hour watch.  Many people call the original Jumping Hour watches the first “digital” watches.  In fact, we even showed you an old Certina “digital” from 1936 that the brand themselves claim to be the very first in existence.  The only problem with that is, this Cartier Jump Hour is circa 1931, a good half-decade before the Certina was released (uh oh Swatch, what do you have to say about that??).

We have featured a wandering hour watch and even a crazy, crazy hours watch, but one of the most common non-traditional configurations for a watch is the jumping hour (here is a great modern jumping hour from Perrelet).  They still are not that common, and vintage Cartiers that peak our interest aren’t that common either.

So this Cartier may or may not be the very first Jump hour (blanket statements, especially in horology, are very difficult to validate), but that is not the reason we were so drawn to it.  The inscription on the back of thie Cartier Jump Hour Replica Watch really pulls at you.  It reads “RLDM” in the middle of a square made whose sides are made up of four middle eastern cities: Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, and Petra.

The first three cities most of you are familiar with, while Petra we bet we can give you a few hints and you’ll be right there with us.  Hint #1: It’s in Jordan. Hint #2: Sean Connery almost died there. Hint #3: Click here

Yes that’s right, Petra is probably best known to most of us as the location of the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  But what was Petra like in the 1930s?  And what was Jerusalem, Beirut, and Damascas like in the 1930s for that matter?  It really makes you wonder who/what “RLDM” was and why these four cities were significant.

Another interesting point of this watch is that it was produced during the time that Cartier had an alliance with Edmond Jaeger (or Jaeger-LeCoultre) and this watch’s movement is signed “The European Watch and Clock Company”, which was the name for that Cartier-only branch of JLC movements.  The clasp, however, is signed “EJ” for Edmond Jaeger.

This watch is supremely interesting, from the jumping hour mechanism to the alluring inscription the JLC-made movement, it’s a shame that it was already sold back in 2008 at a Christies’ auction for $29,000.

That said, you never know if and when a watch like this will come up again for sale, and it just might.  If it does, you can be sure we’ll let you know about it.

Click here for the details of this beautiful and strange Cartier replica watch from 1931.