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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

In addition to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second watch, another new timepiece in the collection for 2015 is this Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time that adds a world time complication, stunning world map dial, and a larger case size. Jaeger-LeCoultre originally released the first Geophysic watch in 1958 and the cult favorite was something only niche collectors knew about until 2014 when Jaeger-LeCoultre decided to reintroduce the collection as the Geophysic 1958 watches (hands-on here).

As I mentioned when introducing the also new for 2015 Geophysic True Second watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre has really hit a stride with the Geophysic collection in terms of desirability that, for me, was absent in the 2014 collection. What’s changed? Well, a new movement, case, and dial design, for starters. Then, there are interesting models such as the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time which shows just how ambitious Jaeger-LeCoultre is going to be the Geophysic into the future.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

World time watches are not only cool looking, but they are also useful. This particular system with a 24-hour ring is relied upon by a number of brands ranging from Patek Philippe to Montblanc – with prices all over the place (I believe Frederique Constant or Ball are the leaders when it comes to Swiss world time watch affordability). Anyhow, now Jaeger-LeCoultre offers its own take on this flavor of world timers with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time. What’s special? This is the only one that I know of that has a deadbeat seconds hand (“True Second,” as Jaeger-LeCoultre prefers to call it).

I discuss the True Beat complication more in our article on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second watch. Both the Geophysic True Second and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time use the same base movement architecture. While the former contains the in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 770, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time contains the caliber 772. What I find interesting is that while the 770 has 270 components the 772 has just one more, at 271 components. With that said, the thickness of the 770 movement is 6.57mm, while the 772 is 7.13mm thick. That means there are some distinct differences on the top of the movement where the world time disc is. Otherwise, both movements have the same 40-hour power reserve, in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrolab balance, and True Second “ticking seconds hand” complication. They are also both automatics.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

The Geophysic True Second and Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time do not share the same case size, though. While the True Second is 39.6mm wide the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time is a bit larger at 41.6mm in diameter. That really gives this watch a distinct presence on the wrist as compared to the smaller and more simple Geophysic True Second. Of course, the appeal for anyone interested in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time is the world time complication and the map-style dial.

I am not typically a mega-fan of world time dials with maps, but this one is pretty cool, and on the wrist, it has an impressive character the melds a bit of retro-flair with modern visual elements. With all that is going on the dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time might not be as legible as the cleaner dial on the True Second, but it is more legible than some other map dial world time watches I’ve worn. As I mentioned when talking about the Geophysic True Second watch, I do like the new hand set design. The red and while strip down the center of the dial isn’t that bad either.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Watch Watch Releases

I have to say that even though world time watches aren’t exactly rare, the addition of the True Second hand makes this particular world time Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time watch a bit special. It is also a Jaeger-LeCoultre which seems to add credibility to the entire product proposition because stuff like this feels right up the brand’s alley (Side note: I really don’t think a single true alley exists in Le Sentier, Switzerland).

At launch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time watch will be offered on an alligator strap in either steel (reference Q810 25 20)  for $15,000 or in 18k pink gold (ref. Q810 84 20) for $25,000. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    Meh. Watches like this always lose me (see: Girard-Perrigaux) becuase the handset and timetelling are so sacrificed by the needs of the outer dial that gives the time zone (city) markings. Not a fan of the redacted handset. The inner dial is lovely though, with excellent transitions and good depth. I also struggle with the price hike compared to the watch described in the previous article: we have one more part in the movement, which lends itself to the swapping of complications between the references, and a different case: this equates to an additional 50% in cost?

    • egznyc

      I had the same thought – which JLC would attempt to justify with talk of how much work went into this dial with its map of the world.

    • Skeletor

      How come someone feeding you? You cost too much.

      • SuperStrapper

        Zuh? Could you rephrase that in English, using actual sentences?

  • Probably the nicest world map I can recall seeing on a world time watch. Of course I’m not crazy about Honolulu always having its associated time upside down, but such a minor gripe. I’m always amused with a “timeless” object (well one intended to last decades) has political boundaries which tend to move over the course of time. Keeps the watch dated to the political landscape (literally) at the time of manufacture. Now are the boundaries for Ukraine accurate? And the poor Baltic states have been reabsorbed by the Russian bear from the looks of things.

    • egznyc

      I like this map, too, but I feel as if I’ve seen one at least as nice reviewed here in the last year or two. As for shifting political boundaries, I agree with the potential issue here but seems JLC has been more artsy than scientific in how it has drawn this map. Heck, those could be geographic features like tectonic plates and sub-plates, for all I know.

      I’m surprised your biggest gripe isn’t the absence of the Hawaiian archipelago from the map.

      • The Hawaiian islands are just under the 11 o’clock marker is all. The poor Aussies and Kiwis are totally off the map, ha ha.

        • egznyc

          I suppose JLC thought better of creating a “down under” variant. But as the folks most harmed by such a decision might say, no worries, mate.

  • Skeletor

    Who the hell wants a dead beat tick on a mechanical watch?

    • especially on one that has so much going on anyway!

  • BNABOD

    looks nice but I wish they could have aligned the screws with the red dotted line. a bit of effort would be appreciated for 15Gs but again for JLC that is a low price right ……..

  • Chaz

    With this new fighter in the ring, Vacheron needs to seriously rethink the messy ugliness of their world time watch, which has been languishing…

  • Ulysses31

    Busy as hell. It’s about as beautiful as an ordnance-survey map.

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