Weekly Watch Photo – Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic black dial
One of the watches that was high on my list of things to get, before bigger estimated watches got fashionable, is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic. Seeing these photographs bring back some great recollections and cause me to acknowledge how much the watch business has changed in the course of the last 12 years.
When I began to become keen on watches and purchased my first ‘expensive’ watches, a vintage Heuer Autavia and a TAG Heuer Monaco , these watches where thought about rather enormous. The 44 mm measured watches from Panerai were viewed as HUGE and when IWC dispatched its Big Pilot watch in 2003 it was viewed as humongous. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic additionally filled in size, from 38.1 mm in distance across to an exceptionally moderate of 40 mm for the new Master Geographic that I looked into a year ago .
That’s a rather moderate expansion in size and I really regard Jaeger-LeCoultre for not going over the edge on this. Obviously Jaeger-LeCoultre has assortments with an enormous distance across too, similar to the JLC Master Extreme World with Alarm . They didn’t change the Master Control assortments to an extreme. Something that I earnestly appreciate, similar to I expressed in my articles about the Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire 40.5 and the Master Ultra Thin Moon and Master Eight Days Perpetual 40 .
This more established rendition of the Master Geographic, dispatched in 1996, measures 38.1 mm in breadth and 10.2 mm in tallness. Inside tick the production type 929/3 that is really the base type 889/1 with an additional force save and multi-timezone complication. The development ticks at 28,800 vph, has 36 gems, and a sum of 293 sections (a greater number of parts than the Master Perpetual).
Like all development of the Master Control arrangement, it has been oppressed (as a completely completed watch) to 1000 hours of unwavering quality testing in 6 situations, over a temperature scope of 4->40 Celsius. Testing incorporates attraction (5000 amperes/meter), stun, vibration, and pressing factor (5 atm) tests. Each watch has been marked and dated by the responsible watchmaker.
- Kif stun protection
- Glucydur balance
- 38 long periods of force reserve
- Beautiful completion: roundabout grain finish on plates, Côtes de Genève on scaffolds and rotor.
- Flat hairspring with fine change utilizing micrometer.
The development has been adapted to 6 positions…. Indeed in fact, not the 5 positions most watch brands control their watches to, yet 6 positions. This is something I’ll expound more on soon!
One last photograph of Tony showing his new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic. Yes… the size of 38.1 mm resembles an ideal size for a wonderful and complicated watch.
Thanks again to Tony for allowing me to utilize his photographs for the Weekly Watch Photo! See a greater amount of Tony’s photographs at his blog called Halfpastthehour .
This article was composed by Frank Geelen, leader supervisor of Monochrome Watches .