The original model was first launched back in 1958, and was created for two special events; the 125th anniversary of the manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre and the second was the world’s first “International Geophysical Year.” This effort was supported by several thousand researchers from 67 different countries to encourage the knowledge in the Geophysological fields, such as seismology, electromagnetism, glaciology, radioactivity, and solar activity.
Back in the days, Jaeger-LeCoultre was inspired to create, one of the most durable watches on the planet. This rugged watch is: protected against magnetic fields, shock– and water-resistant, as well as extremely accurate, the Geophysic Chronometer accompanied the wrists of the scientists.
Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to this legendary timepiece presenting a re-issue of the original model, the Geophysic 1958, available in three limited editions in stainless steel, rose gold or platinum.
The original Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic model – 1958
While maintaining the original lines and distinctive style, the new Geophysic 1958 updates the case size to 38.5mm, compared to the original model’s 35mm.
The new Geophysic 1958 houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 898/1 featuring a stop second for a more accurate time-setting. This reliable movement provides also a power reserve of 43 hours when fully wound.
A soft iron inner case is used to protect the watch against magnetic fields. This is the reason, why the movement and features instead a solid case-back with engraved “J” and “L” initials on a globe criss-crossed by latitude and longitude lines. The case is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The refined white grained dial features dagger-shaped hands with vintage coloured luminescent coating, also used for the lume dots around the vertical band inside the dial. The steel and rose gold versions have large 3, 6, 9, and 12 arabic numerals to interrupt the applied baton hours markers while the platinum model has a slightly different dial with 6 and 12 arabic numerals only.
Each version of the Geophysic comes fitted with an alligator leather strap; black for the steel model, chocolate brown for the pink gold and blue for the platinum model.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 will be available in limited editions of 800 pieces for the steel version (ref. Q8008520), 300 pieces for the rose gold model (ref. Q8002520) and 58 pieces will be produced in platinum (ref. Q800652j). Retail prices will be US$ 9,800 in steel, US$ 20,800 in rose gold and US$ 32,000 for the platinum version. For more info, please visit jaeger-lecoultre.com
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