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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Swiss manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has a reputation for being something of a "watchmaker's watchmaker," offering every conceivable mechanical complication, often in ways that other brands won't – or can't – emulate. You really need to be a lover of the intricacies of mechanical movements, or a "gear head" as we're apparently called, to fully appreciate Jaeger-LeCoultre. And while high complications like tourbillons and perpetual calendars have an immediate visual or practical appeal, it requires a special type of gear head to get behind the dead-beat seconds complication (or "True Second," as Jaeger-LeCoultre calls it). The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition is the latest watch from the brand to cater to this most niche of markets.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre have released numerous versions of the Geophysic over the years. The first model was released in 1958 to celebrate the International Geophysical Year. This watch was designed for use by scientists and explorers to be resistant to shocks, magnetic fields, and water. It was intended as a professional tool watch, built to be accurate and durable despite hazardous conditions, and was only produced for one year, making original Geophysic watches now collectible.

In 2014, the brand released a limited edition homage to this original model, aptly named the Geophysic 1958 (hands-on here). This version featured a crosshair dial much like the original, and a well-made but uncomplicated movement in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 898/1. The model must have sold well, because the brand followed it up a year later with a new permanent collection in the Geophysic True Second (hands-on here), which brought some real watchmaking interest with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 770.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

We've gone into depth about this movement previously for those interested, which should be anyone considering a Geophysic True Second, as the movement is really the star of the show here. Rather than re-tread old ground, I'll focus on what's new about the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition and where it stands against the competition. Yes, there is competition in the world of high-end mechanical watches which tick like quartz watches, as surprising as that may seem. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition in essence combines the styling of the Geophysic 1958 with its crosshair dial, with the dead-beat seconds complication and in-house Gyrolab balance wheel of the Geophysic True Second. However, where both of these worthy predecessors featured clean white dials, this new limited edition offers an ocean-blue dial with a sunburst finish, adding a modern and more youthful vibe to the watch's classic styling. Triple-faceted hands and applied hour markers will create a play of light over the dial, and the new color makes the vintage-style luminous pips around the periphery stand out more than they did on previous models.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Aside from the new color scheme and addition of a crosshair motif, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition is otherwise identical to the non-limited permanent collection. The case measures 39.6mm by 11.8mm and offers 5 bar (approximately 50m) water resistance. The same Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 770 powers this watch, oscillating at 4Hz and offering a 40-hour power reserve. Sapphire crystals cover both the watch face and caseback, and the watch comes with a handsome brown calfskin strap. Aesthetic updates aside, this limited edition model involves a slight twist to its distribution and numbering.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Unusually, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition is being offered in a limited series of 100 units which are not individually numbered. The caseback inscription will read only, "limited edition – one of 100." While this avoids aftermarket price inflation on perceived "significant" serials, it also detracts somewhat from the sense of individuality of each timepiece in a limited run. Even more noteworthy, this watch is being offered online-only, exclusively from the Jaeger-LeCoultre online Boutique – as we have seen more and more brands doing. Prospective owners who would like to try this watch on in the metal before committing to a purchase are thus left in the cold, although you could get an idea of wrist-fit from the identically sized Geophysic True Second.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The dead-beat seconds complication has been something of a rarity among watchmakers, due to the inherent hard sell of a mechanical watch which ticks like a quartz. Despite that, the complication has become more popular in recent years, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition does have some notable competitors. High-end options include the Gronefeld One Hertz 1912 with its industrial style and the Arnold & Son DSTB (hands-on here) with a dial-side true-beat mechanism for a much bolder look. But both options cost significantly more than the Jaeger-LeCoultre. Austrian-based Habring2's Erwin Watch is one of the few dead-beat seconds models with a directly competitive price tag as well as even cleaner styling, for those who prefer a more minimalist look.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition is an unusual watch in many respects. The combination of Geophysic 1958 styling with the Calibre 770's technical prowess and a brilliant blue sunburst dial makes this an attractive option for fans of the Geophysic collection. If you miss out and decide you're the sort of person who wants a dead-beat seconds model in your collection, there's always the non-limited Geophysic True Second, or the more affordable Habring2 Erwin. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition, reference Q8018480 is priced at $9,900 USD. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • TrevorXM

    Love the blue. And really love the white date — just like a big middle finger to all those date hater dorks on web boards across the net.

  • Very very cool! But I really don’t like the true second complication…

    • Marius

      +1

  • Raymond Wilkie
  • Framlucasse

    I like it, nice piece. Put the date at 6, in blue and not white, and it’s a 9.

  • Luciano
  • ProJ

    Playing the IWC trick, slapping a blue dial, limiting the production numbers and calling it a day. This is probably an indication the ‘unlimited’ one is selling poorly.

    Anyway, overall it doesn’t look too bad, but I think the design may become boring quite fast. Nothing there to be excited about unless 1) you are a JLC fan AND 2) you are interested in the quite dull (in my opinion) dead beat complication. Not to mention $9k is just too much.

    • Chaz

      All under the RICHmont umbrella

  • Chaz

    Why, suddenly, the wankfest over “deadbeat” seconds?

    I thought one reason so many “gearheads” that have gone gaga over mech watches was precisely because the seconds DID NOT “tick” like a quartz???

    • Raymond Wilkie

      This doesn’t have me reaching for my genitals ( that only happens with an R W Smith ) , but i do love the sound of a tick. Just like the beating of a heart. It’s alive !

      • Didn’t peg you for a quartz fan Ray

        • Raymond Wilkie

          This is quite a complex movement in order to get that beat second. I’m no watch snob and would happily wear a quartz if the design appealed to me. A quartz or automatic moment is all i can afford sadly.

          • You’re preaching to the quartz choir! As to the movement, I understand the complexity, but I feel it’s more of a gimmick on this watch. This is a utilitarian watch in the vein of the Milgauss, and doesn’t need a “useless” complication like that.

            Sure, everything is a gimmick but I would rather the watch cost 6K without the dead-beat movement.

            Or JLC should have come out with a new in-house HEQ movement a la Grand Seiko. I would have prefered that even more.

          • Steve Loader

            I believe the origins of the dead beat movement go back much earlier than quartz, to a time when having a precise 1 second tick was considered the height of scientific accuracy. Doctors and scientists were particularly attracted to this perceived accuracy apparently.

          • Chaz

            Longines’ new VHP ain’t too shabby…

          • Never quite got into their Conquest line — I feel they do heritage better.

          • IG

            You can’t afford hand-wound movements?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Not the ones i have my eye on.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        After this here comment I’ll try not to mention dear ol’ Rodge because I don’t want you reaching for your genitals.

  • TrevorXM

    I really wish that there was a video somewhere that recorded the sound of this watch. It has an escapement and makes mechanical watch sounds, but what sound does the hand make? Does it make any? Obviously the watch does not ping away like a quartz does. Does it even “tick”? Can anybody point the way to a video with the sound and action captured? I can’t seem to find one.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I have been in touch with Jaeger-LeCoultre and they say although the watch does make a ticking sound as it rotates, you would have to put it right up to your ear to hear it. The ticking on this video has been enhanced to let you hear it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=HUAfqj-IUv4

      • midnucas

        As an owner, the ticking in that video isn’t at all accurate. First, like almost any mechanical wristwatch, you can’t hear any ticking at all unless you bring the watch to your ear. And when you do that what you hear is two things: (a) the normal sounds of a 28,000 bph lever escapement; (b) an additional once-per-second tick. The video’s audio track depicts something like the latter, but doesn’t depict the former at all, which is completely unreal—if you can hear one you can hear the other.

        It’s worth mentioning that the watch has unidirectional automatic winding which you can easily hear in quiet spaces, and in fact sometimes causes the watch case to “bounce” a bit on your wrist.

    • Steve Loader

      I’ve heard the regular model in person – it ticks 4 times a second with the fourth tick sounding louder and slightly different as it moves the second hand.
      Lovely watch which wears larger than the dimensions would imply.
      My only reservation with the regular model was the hands seemed too thin to provide enough visibility against the similar colour dial to match the ‘explorer’ aspiration.
      The much more contrasting blue dial fixes that for me.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I wonder why that is.

        • Steve Loader

          Do you mean why does it sound different? There’s an explanation in ABTWs original review, but from memory there’s a second escapement that stores the energy from the ‘quarter ticks’ and releases it on the fourth to move the second hand. The difference in sound is the combined sound of the two escapements.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Still quite an annoying banner at the top of the page. keep having to refresh.

  • TheChuphta

    I know I’m a slovenly, unimaginative member of the proletariat, but I loathe all these “complications” that don’t even purport to serve any type of legitimate purpose (see also the Lange 1 minute chronograph thing). It’s fatuous, gimmicky douchery masquerading as urbanity.

    Also, don’t embarrass yourself. “Gear heads” are people who are into cars / motorcycles. Calling a watch enthusiast a gear head is like calling a ribbon dancer a “gym rat”.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      That’s a petrol head.

      • TheChuphta

        Not in ‘merica it ain’t.

        • JosephWelke

          Motorhead?

  • MailGebbons

    Putting this on a digital-camo Nato strap PVD lugz

    • IG

      Real men wear NATOs.

  • Tea Hound

    Every tick of the second hand must match up exactly with a marker on the dial. Otherwise the watch is no good.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Does your O.C.D kick in ? 🙂 . They match up perfectly .

      • Tea Hound

        If I was going to buy one of these it’d be one of the first things I’d check in the shop.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          I feel you would be quite challenging customer : )

          • Tea Hound

            I’m generally ok, but have three unbreakable rules when buying a watch:
            1. The watch must be perfect and priced fairly.
            2. I must be served champagne.
            3. The staff serving me must be able to mimic at least two common farmyard or domestic animals, and must demonstrate this talent during the transaction: “more baaaaaaaah champagne sir cluck, cluck, moo?”

          • Raymond Wilkie

            All doable if a sale is guaranteed……….meow, oink.

          • You and Marius, separated at birth?

  • SuperStrapper

    I could take or leave the true seconds, but the watch is lovely. I don’t want to pay $10k forgot but I would want to wear a watch that looked just like this. If I could burger king it and have it my way, it would be 1.5mm wider and everything else proportionally bigger along with it, and the crosshairs on the dial would be finer. The blue dial is electric and embodies this timepiece in a better way than the white dial does.
    If the movement had an elevated beat rate (5+ hz) to smooth out the operation instead of the dead seconds it would be even more appealing.

    • Tea Hound

      Perhaps JLC could get Sweatz Ballz to jazz it up a bit, now he’s worked his magic on Zenith.

      • MailGebbons

        Kravitz design should have a look at it too. They should do a collab

        • Raymond Wilkie

          I’m lobbying that Kravitz stays as far away as possible from any future collaborations with any watch maker.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      With all due respect, wouldn’t that ruin the whole concept of the movement ?

  • Ian john horwood

    Between the ordinary and basic master control, and ultra thin, i think this the best looking of the trio, which includes the movement, the indices on the dial, plus the hands look okay too, for the size to dial ratio. It is still a nice piece of watch engineering, when in comparison to a mulitude of other ordinary pieces out there. It is though £7700 uk pounds for even the ordinary non limited edition piece version , and that is 200 pounds dearer than the price of my Gs springdrive sbgc003 chronograph admission fee priced at £7500 uk pound. Yes and i do know mine is a chronograph and not an ordinary 3 hand piece, and not an ordinary automatic piece too, but i do know mine is slighty better value for my money for what i have in my possession, even though it is comparing apples to oranges, and it is a totally different watch and a larger piece.

    • Good Gene 42K18

      C’mon, Ian. You forgot to mention the Seiko SNX. It’s like going to a Buggles concert and not hearing “Video Killed the Radio Star”.

      Sad…

      • Raymond Wilkie
      • Ian john horwood

        What about something like this u mean, that my £100 pound snxs75 including leather deployment strap is just as accurate as the jlc true second and costs 80 times less, and has just has as good a looking dial but better looking case when you see and look at it in the flesh, all except the movement of course, but that is horses for courses. There is that good enough for u.

        • Good Gene 42K18

          YES! There it is! Thank you.

          • Ian john horwood

            Honest truth be told, i absolutely love to bits the very classic looks of my perfectly sized 37mm snxs75 and its stellar performance. It is an absolute true amazing star and looks amazingly good in the real flesh to boot, at its better than bargain busting price for an automatic watch, it is simply the best bargain auto out there in the whole wide world, with superb very real, real world stellar peformance when worn 24/7, and thats no joke, yet is a joke at its very silly very cheap price. Very Glad i have 2 more new ones put away boxed up, including leather deployment straps too.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            You’re comparing this snxs75 with a JLC ? .i’m happy that you like your watch and am sure it keeps great time but,…………really ?

          • Ian john horwood

            Put it this way, the seiko sarbs and the presage model i had, are not a patch on been any where near as good as my snxs75’s. The polished case, the sunburst dial, the gold indices, hands, and day date window, are all impecably done, there are no flaws. Many three hand swiss watches that cost 2,3,4 thousand pounds etc and so on, do not look better as reguards these aspects of this watch. There is nothing better and distinguishable from those priced swiss watches except for a particular movement they might use. So as reguards their case, dials, hands and indices, there is no improvement. Only my Gs can improve upon some of those aspects that are mostly way better than any swiss watches at its price point and above that you may care to mention. You cannot go by any google photos, you have to have the pieces in your hand.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            On the other hand, most people don’t go to a Buggles concert expecting to hear “Video Killed the Radio Star” twice, mmkay? 🙂 🙂

      • Marius

        …I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two
        Lying awake intent at tuning in on you
        If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through
        Oh a oh

        They took the credit for your second symphony
        Rewritten by machine on new technology
        And now I understand the problems you can see
        Oh a oh

        I met your children
        Oh a oh
        What did you tell them?
        Video killed the radio star
        Video killed the radio star

        Pictures came and broke your heart
        Oh, a, a, a, oh
        And now we meet in an abandoned studio
        We hear the playback and it seems so long ago
        And you remember the jingles used to go

        Oh-a oh
        You were the first one
        Oh-a oh

        You were the last one
        Video killed the radio star
        Video killed the radio star
        In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far
        Oh-a-aho oh
        Oh-a-aho oh

  • Jon Snow

    If we’re talking limited editions, you’d be best off buying one of these: guaranteed to double your money within 2 years, provided someone is willing to pay you twice your original outlay.

    The Dinkee Swatch. Now unavailable in the Dinkee shop for just $150, which is less than one of their watch straps. Best worn with a plaid shirt, naturally.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bac0cceaa479100ca2ab0544a0f293f228af505a2dbf684dfa9041d221a3ae49.jpg

    The Urban Genitalia Squale Lion Dung Edition. Best worn with white magician’s gloves, in the style of the original impoverished urban gentleman:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cfe02ffd8b7d45d63064dff00cd72ddaddb301ea9247f62388874010463f67b7.jpg

    • Sheez Gagoo

      What happened to Dinkee H.O.? It`s been a while…

      • Good Gene 42K18

        You mean Trevor? He’s still here. 🙂

        • Sheez Gagoo

          He`s Trevor? Are you Saul Sloota a.k.a. as plenty of others?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Then who’s Bill ?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            A 94 year old guy. Mark 1884 disappeared as well…

          • Mikita

            What happened to Mark 1884 BTW? I remember his last appearance in the Patek Philippe Skeleton

          • Good Gene 42K18

            He really got into it with Bredan. Maybe he left in disgust, maybe he was “sanctioned”.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Ah, yes. Weird.

          • Mikita

            I hope this vacation was his choice..

          • Sheez Gagoo

            As I remember the text (deleted) I don`t think so.

          • Mikita

            Sad..

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Good Gene 42K18

            You, babe.

      • Jon Snow

        And Pete Pete.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      But I have to admit, the Dinks really got the essence of Swatch. This is the swatchiest Swatch that I know. Of course it is a non-working turd that will break down before you got it on the wrist but the big D. makes me wanting it and ad it to my collection.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I would be lying if i said i wasn’t tempted.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Don’t reach for the genitals!!

      • Jon Snow

        By the Dinkee or the Dung?

    • Marius

      Hahaha! Excellent comment.

      Both of these watches would be quite fitting at a Ben Clymer – Wei Koh party. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fdc263a2208031ae78f8674bf1082ffced4f101e4de82983b4ed4d570c757e0c.jpg

  • Good Gene 42K18

    Nice herringbone suit, JLC guy. Must have gotten it from Marius’s friend, Giuseppe Colovicchio del Pietroantonio. At La Villa de Agricola.

    Or something like that.

  • BNABOD

    Lovely watch , classy sporty just nice.
    Not sure if it is 10 grand material as a three hander and if it ticks ticks loudly it might drive me nuts. So buying this blindly online w no way to handle it in the metal first would be a rather large stretch .

  • Jason T

    Have always been a fan of JLC, but indeed a bit pricey for what is being offered here

  • Yan Fin

    Nice dial, on the level of Seiko Recraft. Nice unmatched color of date wheel, on par with above mentioned Seiko. Nice movement, on the level of regular quartz. Really nice term ‘ dead-beat’.