Saturday, February 14, 2015

Geophysic® 1958

From Jaeger-LeCoultre
Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre
In fairness, this isn't "hot off the press" but it is a watch that I've admired some time.  This is a reinterpretation of the original that debuted back in 1958.  So what was the big deal?

Well quite a bit actually - the original watch was designed to counteract the very nasty effects that magnetism can have on a watch.  So the folks at JLC endeavored to create it.  1958 was the International Geophysical Year, and it so happened to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Jaeger Le-Coultre.  During a meeting the year previous the idea of creating a watch that could stand up to the rigors of both magnetism and time, the Geophysic was born.

According to Wikipedia:

The Geophysic chronometer was proposed by long-time employee Jules-César Savary as a watch intended for scientific bases in Antarctica. The watch was fitted with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 478BWS and featured seventeen jewels, a Breguet overcoil, a regulating spring on the balance-cock, a shock-absorber and a Glucydur balance. The year of its release, the Geophysic was offered to William R. Anderson, the captain of the Nautilus, the first American nuclear submarine to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans via the North Pole.[10]

Fast forward to 2014, and the Geophysic® 1958 is here with a thrilling tribute to yesteryear.  

Here are the specs, straight from JLC:

Technical details

Case material:
Stainless Steel
Alligator Leather

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre
  • 898/1

  • Automatic
  • Number of pieces : 201
  • Vibrations per hour : 28800
  • Power-reserve : 43 Hours
  • Jewels : 30
  • Barrel : 1
  • Height : 3.30 mm
  • Hour - Minute
  • Seconds
  • Stainless Steel
  • Water resistance : 10 bar
  • Diameter : 38.5mm
  • Thickness : 11.3mm
  • White
  • Bâton
  • Alligator Leather
  • Pin Buckle 18.0 mm

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