JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands-On

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands-On

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

While not a wildly complex new complication, there is a sort of smile inducing "that's cool" sentiment about the linear power reserve (LPR) indicator built into the 12 o'clock hour indicator of this new for 2011 JeanRichard Diverscope watch. I don't have a ton of information about the watch, but I did get a nice hands-on session with it thanks to JeanRichard. This is one of the coolest Diverscope models to come out.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

Will it come only with the black and white dial? Not sure. Set in the Diverscope's standard 43mm wide case (pretty sure it was in steel) the watch contains a new (I believe) movement called the JR1010 automatic. The JR1010 is a derivative of the JR1000 automatic that most all three-hand JeanRichard watches have. It is an in-house made automatic with the time and date. The JR1010 adds the nifty linear power reserve indicator. The movement has a maximum of 48 hours of power reserve.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

Building the power reserve indicator into the 12 o'clock hour marker was clever. When empty, the number is unfilled like the rest of them, but as the mainspring barrel winds, it fills up with white. A small "E" for "empty" and "F" for "Full next to the hour marker help remind you of this. Being mostly black and white, the dial of the Diverscope LPR has hints of red and the line's nice internal rotating bezel.

JeanRichard Diverscope LPR Watch Hands On   hands on

I've always really liked the styling of the Diverscope collection, but think that it is really expensive for what it looks like. All the quality is there, but it feel too much like a tool watch to demand $6,000 - $8,000 (or around that). Know what I mean? We are talking Rolex Submariner prices. Yea, I know that these are different watches we are talking about, but still... I think JeanRichard could sell a ton of these at a $1,000 - $,2000 price point. They are easy to read and fun. Sort of like a Timex Camper watch for big boys. The Diverscope LPR comes on a rubber strap, and when the official announcement comes later this year - we can all learn more.

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6 comments
Frank Geelen
Frank Geelen

Nice watch and indeed i'm also have difficulties with the price. It's great they have an in-house movement and I wouldn't worry about service (like Simeon says), because they are part of Girard Perregaux. Guess a price range below the Submariner price would make it easier for watch lovers to buy one.

Mike (Gerasios) Sokaris
Mike (Gerasios) Sokaris

I am struggling with this one. I know J.R. watches are very well made but various things about this watch "Bug" me. The shape of the hour and minute hand don't appeal to me, the tip on the second hand is to small, the dive markers between 12 and 3 getting smaller and smaller look odd on this watch, the position of the date window would drive me crazy (less so if I wore it on my right arm) and although the power reserve is pretty cool the little "E" and "F" are totally not needed. Sorry J.R. but you have better looking watches in your collection.

Simeon Weinraub
Simeon Weinraub

I don't know if I have ever agreed with a review more. I like this watch. The complication is amusing, but not very complicated. The in-house movement is a nice touch (although I worry about getting it serviced in the future). And, for a quarter of the price, I would want one.

I think that watch pricing is an interesting topic. The idea of prestige based on perception of value, versus the cost of materials, labor, and marketing, plus a fair mark-up is fascinating. I used to buy into the hype more, and I still would over-pay for a JLC... But, I think a watch should have prestige because it is awesome, not because someone wants to take aim a certain market segment.

weatherman
weatherman

Its a really nice looking watch with some interesting features; the power reserve indicator is very cool, and I like the inner rotating bezel (I'm assuming) as well. Just the right amount of text and color on the face. I'm a sucker for that case shape too - reminiscent of a Panerai. I wasn't familiar with the JR watches before but having seen this one, I'll keep an eye out for them.

kris c
kris c

I don't know that I've ever seen a cushion-cased diver before. There are few quirks here that make this interesting - like the date window at 7:30, and the symetrical crown that, to me, look like ears on this watch. And of course the power reserve indicator. 43mm is probably a good size for this, as the squarishness of it will make it wear larger, although it does not look to be all that thick.
I think the hands are really well done (although the seconds-hand tip should be a bit bigger) - it all looks like it has the lume potential to glow like a torch.

Like you said Ariel, $8k puts this aside for me (too many other thing that I would spend that on first), but I'd be all over it for $2k or less.

Rich B
Rich B

These are not bad but way over priced.

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