Jaeger- Lecoultre Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm Full hands on Review. SIHH 2011..

Jun 19, 2016,02:36 AM
 


 




Yes... You read it well, the Deep Sea Alarm is back, and I had the immense privilege to see it in the flesh, to be authorized to take some pictures, in exclusivity for Watchprosite, and to share them with you before the Embargo is over on the press file!

We'll first have a journey into Time and see what was the Deep Sea Alarm, its history, its competitors, and then we'll see what is this re edition.

I- An historical reminder.

1959 saw the birth of the first Diving watch from " La Grande Maison ".

As you all know, Panerai was the first to release a Diving watch, in 1935 with the Prototype 2533: A Rolex case, movement and dial, encased by the House from Firenze, which gave birth to the Radiomir 3646, California and no California dial.

3646:

 


3646 California Dial: ( Picture to be credited to Mike T, if I remember well )

 


There was no communication on these Panerai watches, as they were protected by the military secret.

We had to wait till 1953 to see the first diving watches which still inspire our modern time keepers, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, under Mr Bob Maloubier impulsion, and the Rolex / Tudor Submariners.

A bit later ( 1955 / 56 ) came the Omega Seamaster, and, in 1959, the Lecoultre ( as it was first made for the US Market, where the trend of Diving watches was quite important ) Deep Sea Alarm.

The 4 competitors, in the Fifties:

 


How can we rate or describe the Deep Sea Alarm, compared to its competitors of the era?

I would use 2 criterias: The Water Resistance and the Functionnality.

- As for the Water Resistance:

All the Diving watches were water resistant from 91 meters ( Blancpain Fifty Fathoms ) to 200 meters ( Rolex / Tudors Submariners, Omega Seamaster 300 Ref CK 2913 ) at the end of the Fifties, with the exception, nonetheless, of the Fifty Fathoms Aqualung 1 000 Feet, which was water resistant to 300 meters, as suggested by its name.

The Deep Sea Alarm is water resistant to 500 Feet, according to the US notice were it is featured :

 


Like on the Fifty Fathoms and Omega Seamaster CK 2913, the crowns are not screw in type, at the conrary of the Rolex / Tudor Submariners.

Logically, we could think that a screw in crown solution is better, but at the end of the Fifties, the US Navy compared and tested some diving watches and chose the FF Milpsec over the Rolex Submariner 6538... The limits of the logic...

- The Functionality:

This is, in my opinion, certainly the point which distinguish the most the Deep Sea Alarm from its competitors of this era.

It has to be said that it was the FIRST Diving Alarm watch, as the other famous example which comes to mind is the Vulcain Cricket Nautical, which was released 2 years after, in 1961, if I'm not wrong.


 



 


The curious thing, on the Deep Sea Alarm, is that the external bezel is NOT TURNING, which, at first thought, may not be very useful for a diver in activity.

BUT, if you refer to the US catalog posted above, you have the explanation.

The DSA " has both a visual and audible warning of the time for beginning a safe ascent from a dive ". ( Note: The US Catalog says that the outer bezel rotates, which is not true... ), but you can always use the alarm triangle to be warned, by the vibration and the sound, when it is time for you to reach the surface, without having to always check your watch.

The Alarm is graduated each minute, so it can really be used as a bezel, even if it is not very intuitive.

Indeed, with a bezel, you know at what time you started your dive, while, with the Alarm, you know how much time you still have before starting the ascent to the surface.

While we're mentioning the bezel, I have to add that its anodized aluminium structure is very fragile and don't resist to Time.

To be complete about the bezel, I'll say that the triangle indexes are  luminous, not painted, from what I saw on several of them ( and specially a NOS one ).

An European Deep Sea Alarm with its original bezel:

 


The fixed Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm bezel:

 

Some insert tests, to see the final outcome:

 

A weak point on the US version is that it has luminous hands, but no luminous indexes, while the Eurpoean version has both, which is better in terms of legibility in poor light conditions.

All these details, which are unusual, strong or weak, contribute to the originality of the Deep Sea Alarm,of course.

Even if the European and the American Deep Sea Alarms have a lot in common, the dials make a huge difference, as you can see below:

 


According to the Heritage Gallery, 1061 pieces were produced, American and European included, from 1959 to 1962:

500 in 1959,

220 in 1960,

340 in 1961,

1 last piece in 1962.

Only God knows how many European versions were made, but from what the community of JLC Collectors observed, it is way much rarer than its US sister, maybe because the idea to make such a watch came from the USA? 

The Deep Sea Alarm, whatever is its " nationality ", housed a well known movement, the Cal 815, which was used since 1956 or 1957 in another Memovox, the E 853.

It has to be said that the Cal 815 is the first automatic ( bumper ) alarm movement in the world, which beats at 18 000 alternances per hour, and offers a power reserve of more or less 45 hours.

II- From the Past to the Present: The Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm.

49 years after the production of the last piece, this watch makes its come back, specially for your eyes, just before the Geneva SIHH watch fair. 

Many questions are receiving an answer ( some remain unanswered, as I type these lines, though ) :

1/ A Tribute, yes, but based on what version: The European, or the American?

The answer is certain: Both!

2/ Will JLC make a strict Re Edition, as they did for the Polaris, or a watch inspired by the Deep Sea Alarm, ala Amvox I or Master Compressor?

The answer is YES, at 95 %. And here, not precious metal at the contrary of the Polaris ( which was produced in platinum for 165 pieces ), just stainless steel, like on the original.

THE DIFFERENCES WILL BE VERY LIMITED: 

- The case is one millimeter bigger ( 40, 5 mm ), compared to the original Deep Sea Alarm, but this detail is almost unnoticeable.

- The font of the numbers on the bezel, but here, things can still change on the definitive watches.

About these numbers, those on the original bezel are longer, they reach the base of the bezel, the " 0 " of " 10 " has a squared shape, the numbers in general are less " flat " than on the Tribute.

The triangles are slightly smaller on the original, and reach the dial side of the bezel, which is not the case on the Tribute. 

A close up of the 2 bezels, side by side, to better get the differences:

On the left, the Tribute, and on the right, an expertly redone bezel, very faithful to the original, except this gray color, while the original was matte black.

 

- The minute indexes, on the US version, which are too fat, but this may change on the definitive watch, though.

- The lugs, which look a bit larger, but this is the prototype case, and the bevels should be reworked.

- And, of course, the movement, which is not the old Cal 815 with its lovely bumper, but the modern Cal 956, without date, the same which is used for the Navy SEALs Alarm and the Tribute to Polaris, without Date ( Will it keep this reference ? ).

Will anyone complain about this technical improvement?

I don't think so, even if we loose the very plesant feeling of the " bumper " when you move the wrist. 

All in all, these subtle differences are nothing compared to the great work done on this pair of Tributes, which are very close to the original and fully respect the spirit of this model, as we'll see right now.

THE KEY POINTS ARE:

- To preserve the superb lines, profile and curves of the original case.

The sides of the case are brushed, while the top is polished, and, like on the original, the case back and the bezel come over the case, which is very typical to the Deep Sea Alarm, as you can better see here:

 



- The typical crowns, found on the 1959 Deep Sea Alarm, make their come back on the Tributes.

Flat at 4 o'clock, it is slightly " onion " shaped at 2 o' clock.

 


- The very nice engraved case backs, featuring a diver swimming among some air bubbles, and the wording all around this " sculpture ", as shown below.

Here, the Tribute...

 

... Next to the original Deep Sea Alarm:


 


- A plexy, slightly domed, and well integrated to the bezel:

 

Honestly, it would have been very sad to get a clean flat sapphire instead of this gorgeous plexy.

It contributes a lot to the charm of this watch, with its warm feeling, it is part of the Deep Sea Alarm!

- To keep the specificity of the 2 dials.

The US Version, first:

As you know, the particularities of the american dial are the name ( Lecoultre ), and the writing " Deep Sea Alarm " on the Alarm disc.

The Tribute to the US DSA is the only one among all the current JLC watches to not have Jaeger-LeCoultre " written on the dial but only " LeCoultre ", as JLC agreed to opt for this option.

... And to keep the " Deep Sea Alarm " writing on the Alarm Disc:

 

Another nice detail is the rugged aspect of the alarm disc, which is very close to the original, as you can see on the 2 pictures above.

The outer part of the dial, surrounding the alarm disc, is strictly conform to the original, the only point is that it will be better to have thinner minute indexes, as previously said.

The European dial:

The same thin and long triangles, which are luminous, will be seen on the European Deep Sea Alarm, as well as the JLC Signature just under 12 o' clock:

 


Yes, the luminous triangle indexes look a bit bigger on the Tribute, but we're very close to the original, and the spirit is here, undisputably.

On both the American and the European, JLC opted for the pointed skeleton luminous hands, which is another faithful detail shared with the Vintage models.

After highlighting all these details, which were important to appreciate all the work done on these Tribute, let's now have an overall look at the watches in themselves. 

3/ The Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm are now the be entirely revealed!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WATCHES SHOWN BELOW ARE PROTOTYPES AND THAT THE FINISH IS NOT DEFINITIVE. 

The LeCoultre and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute:

 


A- The Tribute to LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm:

The Tribute on the left, the original on the right, to show how faithful this project is:

 


As previously said, the difference in size is almost unnoticeable, the overall look and the spirit of the original has been well respected.

The American Deep Sea Alarm has a very strong look, with the writings on the dial, the play of white silver and black rings and alarm disc.

 

 
Strong, yet elegant and sensual, thank to the sweet curves of the very elegant case, which doesn't have the global and almost bestial volumes of the Polaris, for example.

Indeed, the plexy and the case of the DSA are way thinner, from what I could measure ( somewhere between 13 and 14 mm for the DSA, versus 17, 5 mm for the Polaris ).

 
You focus on the crowns, and specially the one located at 2 o'clock, before admiring the very unique profile of the case, which is taken " in sandwich " between the bezel and the case back:

 


B- The Tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm:

A lot of common points with its american sister are to be noted.

- The same care, obsession of a faithful re edition:

 

- The same sensual and original case, of course.

- The same lovely crowns.

- The particular engravings on the case back.

BUT the dedicated dial makes a big difference.

 


Here, no contrast between silver white and black parts.

All is black, with some yellow touches due to the indexes, the triangle of the alarm and the luminous hands.

Less powerful, much more sober than its US sister, it is not less elegant, at the contrary! 

 



 

As to conclude, there is one last question: Which one to choose?

I would answer with another question?

Why having to choose?

Between the Beauty ( European Tribute ) and the Beast ( US Tribute ), I want them both, as it was exactly the same issue ( and the same solution ) with the Tribute To Polaris.

My wrist can't decide, either!

To be complete, 2 or 3 last points:

The Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm is water resistant to 100 meters, which will allow some water activities, and for sure some unforgettable wrist shots.

You also have to know that the US Tribute will be available only in the JLC Boutiques, while the European will be available all over the world, at any JLC AD or Boutique.

The important thing, in my point of view, is that the Tribute kept all the imperfections of the original pieces, too: The non turning bezel, the non luminous indexes ( on the US version ), which are the signature, which make the charm of the Deep Sea Alarm.

It is a Limited Edition of 359 pieces for the US version, and of 959 pieces for the European one.

I've also been told that, like the Tribute To Polaris, it will be a " one shot " release.

Both will be priced at 9 500 Euros.

Wasn't it worth the wait?

Looking forward to hearing your comments and thoughts,

Best.

Nicolas.  This message has been edited by amanico on 2016-01-15 23:07:34 This message has been edited by amanico on 2016-01-15 23:46:29

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Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm: The Press File.

 
 By: amanico : January 12th, 2011-00:01
Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea : a re-edition in tribute to the legend of diver’s watches There are some watches that leave an indelible trace on our collective memory because they have written a page in history. The Memovox Deep Sea, the first diver’s watch... 

Speechless............................ [nt]

 
 By: Miranda : January 12th, 2011-05:21
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I can understand that feeling. :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-07:33
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Nicolas, you had me with the TTR...

 
 By: nwp627 : January 12th, 2011-10:46
...I recently passed on buying one of three vintage JLCs that I thought I must have when I read your posting on the TT Reverso. I was sure I was going to own that watch in 2011. Now, I'm not too sure! As a proud owner of the TTP'68, which to me is the epi... 

The Ying to the Polaris Yang...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-07:38
That is a fantastic way to describe the TT DSA, Neil. Couldn't put it better. The Polaris and the Deep Sea Alarm don't play, in my opinion, in the same category, if we speak about functionality and aesthetics. They are not competitors, they complement eac... 

My JLC Ad had ...

 
 By: mstanga : January 12th, 2011-11:50
Thank You Nicolas for this awesome detailed introduction. My JLC AD here in Italy has my reservation on his desk with the number "1". Have a nice day my friend Marco

Alarm based on minutes or hours

 
 By: melnor : January 12th, 2011-00:08
Is the alarm based on the minute hand position, which is useful for diving, or based on the hour hand position?

I think the question was....

 
 By: Zsolt : January 12th, 2011-01:52
...which hand triggers the alarm? On the normal Memovox's I believe it is the hour hand, but on a diving watch it should be the minute hand.... It would be much easier and more accurate to adjust the dive time (normally around 45-60 minutes) if it was act... 

Yes

 
 By: melnor : January 12th, 2011-02:22
Yes, thats exactly what I meant. I'll assume that the minute hand will trigger the alarm.

Yes. That's it. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 15th, 2016-21:55

Not sure I understood the question, as the Alarm is activated by the upper crown ...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-07:43
Not the minute or hour hand. When the minute hands has reached the alarm time, it rings. An example: You start your dive at 16.00. You want to start your ascent at 16.30 and want to be warned. You set your Alarm to 16.30 with the upper crown. Et voilà. Be... 

Hm, I still don't get it...

 
 By: nikolaj : January 13th, 2011-09:57
I believe that the original question in this thread was whether the alarm is triggered once every hour (i.e. when the minute hand reaches the alarm triangle as opposed to the hour hand in all memovoxes including the original DSA). This would IMO (as I als... 

These protos of the DSA weren't working, BUT, as on the TTP

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-11:49
The Hour hand, when moved backwards above the alarm triangle, carries it away. But I still don't see the " link " with the setting of the diving time... Best, Borat. This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-01-13 11:49:46

He he, we're speaking in different directions...

 
 By: nikolaj : January 13th, 2011-17:51
I am not talking about how to set the alarm - but rather what releases it. On all other memovoxes (to my knowledge), the alarm triangle is set to point at 3 o'clock if you want the alarm to go off a 3 o'clock (i.e. when the hour hand is aligned with the a... 

I think you have probably answerd the original question...

 
 By: Zsolt : January 13th, 2011-18:17
...as I am 99% sure that this watch has the same alarm function as the other JLC alarm watches, like the Polaris (alarm activated by the hour hand). Unfortunately this function is not useful for diving, as you can't set the dive time accurately on them...... 

Stunning! :)

 
 By: blomman : January 12th, 2011-00:12
Wow, Nicolas! What a great post and fantastic pair of watches! Love the DSA! Luckily we didn’t bet – I would have lost… 2 more on the MUST HAVE list! Will return tonight and have a closer look. Best, my friend and again thank you for a fantastic report! B... 

I told you, Blomman.

 
 By: amanico : January 12th, 2011-00:14
Same for me.... 2 more watches in my wish list. Best, Nicolas.

Sweet as candy! :)

 
 By: blomman : January 12th, 2011-14:07
My friend, I have said it before and I say it again: You are the KING of passionate posts! After viewing this pair… All I can say is WOW! I love them! But, if I should try to find any thing “wrong” with them it would be the numeral font. Personally I pref...  

Actually the bezel on the proto is correct

 
 By: Clavi : January 13th, 2011-04:06
Hi Blomman Actually, the bezel which is on the prototypes is very correct, as both 'square' and 'round' numbers have existed (2 variations of the bezel on the original DSA) Most of the (few) original DSA that we see on the internet and that have surfaced ...  

Agreed on the " not squared " numbers, Clavi.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-07:50
Less than the " square " one, but they indeed existed. Also agreed on the grey redone bezels. Thanks for your input, and opinion on these TT DSAs. Best, Nicolas.

Hi Clavi

 
 By: blomman : January 13th, 2011-12:47
Thank you very much for the information. This is the first time I see a confirmed original bezel inlay with round numbers. I was under the impression that all original bezel was with square numbers. This is one of the great things with this forum – you le...  

Correct insert on your EU

 
 By: Clavi : January 14th, 2011-00:37
I am glad to see that you have the original insert for your European version, and in rather good condition (it looks original, maybe a little enhanced to correct scratches, but original indeed) If you are wearing it regularly, given its fragileness, I can...  

Yes, a more correct inlay would be great!

 
 By: blomman : January 15th, 2011-15:45
But I like the grey much more then the one I had on the US version... Thank you for the additional info! The number 2, 5 and 8 also looks rounder in this pic. Best Blomman This message has been edited by blomman on 2011-01-15 15:46:56

Thank you, Dje! [nt]

 
 By: blomman : January 15th, 2011-15:41
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Bezel material...

 
 By: cesar scarambone : July 3rd, 2013-13:57
Hello guys, i'm a proud owner of an european deepsea. I'm curious t know the material of the insert bezel is made ? Do guys have an idea? Ceramic, aluminium? And also the best way to have it cleanned.... And maybe took of some scratches... Regards

Scratch resistance insert

 
 By: cesar scarambone : July 3rd, 2013-18:40
I tought that it was made of ceramic.... My mistake. Is this material scratch resistant? Do you have an idea if its possible to take of some minor scratches? And also if it get scratched, what should happen during the watches life how much a new bezel + i... 

Not really scratch resistant.

 
 By: amanico : July 3rd, 2013-21:38
Same material than on the Rolex Subs. It is not possible to take the scratches off, even minor. But youy can always have your insert changed for a new one, by JLC You made a confusion with ceramic, because at the beginning, ithe idea was to use a bakelite... 

Price

 
 By: cesar scarambone : July 4th, 2013-06:41
Perfect nicolas, thanks for your answer. I believe that i also made a mistake because most of the watches nowadays has the insert in ceramic, as my jlc navyseals chrono. But it is just the good and old aluminium hehehe.... Do you have an idea of how much ... 

Sorry, but I don' t have these infos, nor any idea about that. But...

 
 By: amanico : July 4th, 2013-07:07
Any JLC AD will find it for you. Good luck. Best, Nicolas

Bezel insert material...jlc deepsea alarm

 
 By: cesar scarambone : July 3rd, 2013-15:27
Hello guys, i'm a proud owner of an european deepsea. I'm curious t know the material of the insert bezel is made ? Do guys have an idea? Ceramic, aluminium? And also the best way to have it cleanned.... And maybe took of some scratches... Regards

Bezel insert material...jlc deepsea

 
 By: cesar scarambone : July 3rd, 2013-16:28
Hello guys, i'm a proud owner of an european deepsea. I'm curious t know the material of the insert bezel is made ? Do guys have an idea? Ceramic, aluminium? And also the best way to have it cleanned.... And maybe took of some scratches... Regards

Eloxed aluminium. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : June 27th, 2015-02:31

Just fantastic

 
 By: K-G : January 12th, 2011-00:17
Nicolas, Thank you for yet another great post and report. I have been lurking around this great forum for quite some time but never thanked you yet so I thought it was about time. Yesterday, I was blown away by the Tribute to 1931, but this watch will mak... 

Perfect for me.

 
 By: mamac : January 12th, 2011-00:27
That watch is stunning. Just simple, just gorgeous. I've just place my order to my dealer. I will be perfect beside my Polaris 1968. I have allways hesitated to buy the 1965 Polaris but now I am sure it was great to leave a place for this one wich is some... 

Welcome to the DSA Club, Marc.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-11:57
Happy to know that you loved it ( which one, by the way? ) so much that you already ordered it. It seems that many of us will get at least one. Now, the question is: Will it become another Community Watch, such as the TTP? Best, Marc. Nicolas.

All the best for your exams, K.G and welcome here, by the way.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-07:52
It is really great to see you coming out from the wood for this occasion. Welcome here. Best, Nicolas.

Good Job JLC

 
 By: patrickh : January 12th, 2011-00:21
Revisiting his roots is nice indeed. Another large LE as classical treatment from JLC. Fantastic post Nicolas A real pleasure +++++ Best Patrickh

Thanks, Patrickh. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-11:58
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Great post! Thanks Nicholas.

 
 By: rovermark : January 12th, 2011-00:22
I think JLC has another hit on their hands. First the Rverso 1931, now the Deep Sea Alarm...I wonder what else they have in store for SIHH.

I'm curious to see the rest of the novelties, Rovermark.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:37
But what a stunning start! Best and thanks for your input. Nicolas.

re: SIHH 2011

 
 By: DRMW : January 12th, 2011-00:26
Great stuff Nicolas! -MW

Thanks, Ming. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:38
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Wow...a pair of breathtaking beauties.

 
 By: Goh : January 12th, 2011-00:28
And the first modern LeCoultre! Wonderfully sized. I like that it is thinner than the TTP too. Thanks for the informative post, really impossible to chose one over the other. Best, Goh

Yes, the Lecoultre dial is a great thing, Goh.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:50
I love a lot the fact that JLC accepted to sign just LeCoultre on the dial. It would have been historically weird to see JLC on the dial. An excellent point for JLC, and even a double one, with the name Reverso signed on the TT 1931! Best, Nicolas.

Unbelievable….

 
 By: aboen : January 12th, 2011-00:29
This is precisely what I’ve been dreaming about . That European version is absolutely to die for…and the US version is not too shabby either. I believe I commented on one of your post recently regarding JLC releasing a version of the DSA, cant believe its... 

So, Drew, you woke up?

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:53
Or you're still dreaming about these DSAs? Now you understand the meaning of my past teasers? It is a superb watch, nicely done, which will bring a lot of pleasure to their owners, my friend. It is worth some sacrifices, in my opinion. Like every dream...... 

I'm surprised by their decision to came out with not one but both...

 
 By: Ruckdee : January 12th, 2011-00:34
...version of the watch. They are both very beautiful and as you said all imperfections are maintained so they can be faithful to the original. To tell you the truth, in some of your comparison shots, I had to look hard for discoloration and scratches to ... 

That is an interesting point, Ruckdee.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:56
If JLC opted for only one DSA, can you imagine how deceived the fans of the other versions would be? I am firmly convinced that the decision to release both of them is THE good one. This is a happy day, for a lot of us, obviously. Best, Nicolas.

Oh I agree with you totally that this is the best way to go.

 
 By: Ruckdee : January 13th, 2011-15:02
Everybody is happy. And to the delight of true collectors and the dismay of finicky buyers like myself, the crystal is not sapphire. Let's say I am happy for those who value faithfulness to the original. I really am. But sadly plexy is not for me. That is... 

Yes. I have a strict no plexy policy because...

 
 By: Ruckdee : January 14th, 2011-04:07
...my OCD condition would compel me to look at the scratches on the plexy and not the beauty under and around it. It happened to me before with the Speedmaster which I later sold for a sapphire version. Anyway, it's a personal problem and not any manufact... 

look perfect..

 
 By: thomas..m : January 12th, 2011-00:37
I have to try these watches.....

Done. :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-12:57
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Bow down to JLC for their suprb reissues.

 
 By: TdotBean : January 12th, 2011-00:48
Now I'll call my AD . I guess the 6610 will have to wait a little longer. Best Tyler

The 6610 can wait, my friend...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:01
You will always find one, one day or another, but the TT DSA may well go fast, if I judge from the first enthusiastic reactions... Best, Nicolas.

Thx, I have ordered from my AD :) [nt]

 
 By: TdotBean : January 13th, 2011-15:14
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Thank you very much Nicolas

 
 By: RJW : January 12th, 2011-00:59
It is a measure of your value to us and JLC that JLC would allow you exclusively to take pictures and to share them with us before the embargo is over. It is also a measure of your dedication that we receive a thorough report and not just a press file to ... 

Thanks for your very kind words, Richard.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:04
It is also the counterpart to fully respect the embargoes...Sometimes the brands share with you some cool secrets. Best, and thanks for your reaction, Richard. Nicolas.

Great stuff

 
 By: Hororgasm : January 12th, 2011-01:42
The wait is worth it. Very comprehensive report, not your typical press release. Best, Horo

I hate press releases. :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:05
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Beautiful!...

 
 By: MattS : January 12th, 2011-02:31
What to say, just beautiful watches. Very well done from JLC, and congratulations for your contribution as I know you were involved in the project. Obviously a great dal of thinking and research has been put into this project which to me explains that the... 

Many points raised here, Matt.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:28
First of all, and I didn't write it in my post, the TT DSA is the result of a collaboration between friends of the brand and the brand, like it was the case for the TTP. It is a team work, which caused a lot of very interesting brainstormings. The size wa... 

How come

 
 By: Ares501 : January 12th, 2011-02:32
it doesn't surprise me.... just kidding......... every year great news from JLC... they will spoil us... maybe I have wild imagination but I feel someones influence in Tributes last couple of years ;0) Sincerely Damjan

Not a too wild imagination, my friend. :)))

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:33
BUT that doesn't explain all, as JLC has a genuine willing to revisit their very rich Past. For our greatest pleasure. Best, Damjan. Nicolas. This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-01-13 13:33:41

I love them both

 
 By: grigo : January 12th, 2011-02:44
Can't wait to see them in the flesh. I am wearing my TT Polaris 68 to celbrate the event. Best regards, George

Well, you saw them, and now?

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:46
Another TT DSA Victim? Was great to see you there. Best, Nicolas.

Totally victimized

 
 By: grigo : January 14th, 2011-23:48
Thank god I was aways on a business trip for two days, it kept my mind off the issue. I am definitly in love with the two watches and of course had to order the two of them on the spot. Now the long waite starts. Best regards, George

Worth the wait

 
 By: karmin : January 12th, 2011-02:56
Nicolas, to answer your last question : it was definitely worth the wait, almost 50 years after the production of the last DSA. Lovely watches, highly attractive, accurate reedition with the fine-grained texture of the dial and the LeCoultre production et... 

The TTP was announced in January 2008 ...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-13:55
So, 3 years ago, and it was priced 10 500 Euros ( TTP 68 ), 11 500 Euros ( TTP 65 Paris Boutique ) and 25 000 Euros ( TTP 65 Platinum ). Like you, I would have preferred to see its price a bit lower, but we have to keep in mind: 1/ That a lot of elements ... 

Yes....and no.

 
 By: BDLJ : January 12th, 2011-03:35
Another great report, Nico. No wonder you were so excited. The design is intriguing and eccentric - alarms to control your dive yet no functional bezel? really stupid. But stupid in an endearing way (now that it's the 21st Century ) It's a marvellously fa... 

I get what you mean, Partybreaker. :)

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-14:02
But did you think about which looks like a kind of ... paradox? Who knows the original? A very few of the people! They all heard about the Polaris, but what about the original DSA? I think that the Tribute pays a vibrant hommage to the original, puts the ... 

Another great project from JLC - rebirth of DSA

 
 By: terenceho : January 12th, 2011-04:19
Thanks for great report Nicolas. This already turns up the heat for all of us before SIHH.

Brilliant Nicolas

 
 By: Ubik : January 12th, 2011-04:52
A great post on both the watches. Do you think they might offer a bracelet to go with it as well

The bracelet is not programmed, as far as I know.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-20:25
But will ask next week. God may give me an answer? Best and thanks, Eitan. Nicolas.

It WAS worth the wait.

 
 By: emcquillan : January 12th, 2011-05:04
My favourite JLC vintage... it is Christmas again Nicolas, this was truly a brilliant post. The background context of the competitors, the history of the deep sea alarm and the incredible details you provided between the originals and the tributes told a ... 

It was a lot of pleasure to prepare and write this post, emcquillan.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-20:31
Any of them will give you a lot of pleasure, my friend. So, don't worry, you can't go wrong here. Best, and thanks for your nice words. Nicolas.

woo woow woo, can't sleep [nt]

 
 By: chronomtr : January 12th, 2011-05:30
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:) Thanks, Bernard. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-20:43
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Definitely worth the wait

 
 By: respo : January 12th, 2011-05:44
It is awesome that there will be both US and Euro versions. I know which one I prefer in this case, which surprises me a little as I usually like less writing on a dial. But the US version is THE ONE for me. Wow, it really looks like MJLC did a great job ... 

I'm with you on this one, Robert -- USA all the way!

 
 By: craniotes : January 12th, 2011-07:40
Really, what an incredible homage to the original. JLC gets a ton of credit for resisting the urge to go overboard with "improvements" here. That said, I'll have to sit this one out, since there are a couple of other pieces ahead of the DSA in the queue. ... 

What's next?

 
 By: SFO : January 12th, 2011-05:46
They are fantastic - makes it hard to choose. We then just have to wait impatiently for what might be coming in relation to the reverso and the jubilee. Soren

Well, let's first enjoy the TT DSA, then we'll see. :)

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-20:45
What is coming in relation to the Reverso and the Jubilé? You already have the answer: The TT 1931, which was covered by Ming and Ed. We'll come back to it in a week. Best, Nicolas.

TT DSA's - the diving godesses to come on land..

 
 By: hs111 : January 12th, 2011-05:50
Ohhhhh, yes!! - Absolutely worth the wait: --- Thank you so much again for efforts and the share ! - so much hope,so much desire ( luckily the reasonable LE- size of the (JLC TT DSA) Europe might enhance the chance to get one Thus, all to be said: much jo... 

Well, hs...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-20:49
As for the ref numbers, the press file only gives one, I will have the other soon, but I guess that the name of the watch is enbough to place an orfer safely. Yes, you piut it very nicely, it is all about joy, happyness and excitation! Best, my friend. Ni... 

All for GO - merci !!

 
 By: hs111 : January 14th, 2011-03:59
Thank you so much !! - it is all engrammed into my desire pattern already ! - Big YEESS, Sir ! - So I'll start for me with the TT DSA 59 -US ( Americaine ?) - is that the name, one can safely place an order, with the JLC boutique until the Ref Nr gets kno... 

Congrats, HS!

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-15:56
This is great news! Happy to know that one of these mermaids will find a nice home. As for the TT DSA Europe, the problem is that once you get the US, you will start to think to get the European sister... Believe me, I know very well this phenomenon. The ... 

One more last thing ..

 
 By: hs111 : January 15th, 2011-02:44
- be allowed: Thanks again for these nice words, your assistance and your ever encouraging attitude, for the expert & novice alike, when sharing passion such as for these 'goddesses' . Yes, it will be a joy, once one of these mermaids of the depth will se... 

" Tribute to the Group "...

 
 By: amanico : January 15th, 2011-03:31
I LOVE THAT CONCEPT! With the Ying Yang above expressed by Neil, this is my favourite expression! This is exactly that. How to go from a fine watch to a GREAT watch, this is the way to follow: the Tribute to the group, to THIS amazing group of friends. Wh... 

Love these Deep Sea Alarms!

 
 By: roman : January 12th, 2011-06:15
Thanks so much for this great report.

My ( real ) pleasure, roman. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:07
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Not my kinda watch,

 
 By: BluNotte : January 12th, 2011-06:34
but cool indeed! Thanks for this mon ami! Stephen

lovely

 
 By: sancerre : January 12th, 2011-07:06
Worth the wait, thanks for sharing. I definitely lean towards the Euro version; but I doubt my budget will permit my desire... --Sancerre

So, now you see why I teased so much about this watch, Sancerre? :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:10
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you never need an excuse to tease me

 
 By: sancerre : January 14th, 2011-03:52
But if you did, then this news was certainly enough, thx Nicolas.

Nicolas, you've outdone yourself!

 
 By: craniotes : January 12th, 2011-07:44
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and pictures with us. JLC has really done the originals justice, and my only regret is that I lack sufficient funds to purchase the DSA American as well as the three other pieces that have alrea... 

It would not be fun if we are able to get them all, Adam.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:16
But I agree with you, the damn rich uncle is never here when he's badly needed. Best, Nicolas.

Very well presented and

 
 By: Guille : January 12th, 2011-07:50
this one simply is irresistible. American, or European, hmmmm. Can't wait to see it in person next week. Thanks for the spectacular post, Cheers Guille

Seeing them in real is another experience, Guille.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:17
You go to Geneva? May be the opportuinity to finally meet. Best, Nicolas.

I'll see you next week my friend!

 
 By: Guille : January 14th, 2011-07:14
Looking forward to finally meeting you

Fantastic post Nico !

 
 By: alain2701 : January 12th, 2011-08:00
Whaou ... Fantastic post Nico ! A new piece of legend !

Just the news I was waiting for..

 
 By: ocwatching : January 12th, 2011-08:07
and its 8AM and I have a call into Seth at BHB... I missed the Polaris and I ain't about to miss this... man...just not sure which one..the US or European...the latter seems to be more Polaris like... ARGGHHHHH! great reporting..thank you..brings a smile ... 

Well, in my opinion, it is better to hesitate between two watches than...

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:26
To not be madly in love with any watch... I know, this is a weird philosophy, but what would be life without passion? You won't go wrong with any of them, ocwatching, so relax! Best, Nicolas.

I really like this year so far!

 
 By: patrick_y : January 12th, 2011-08:16
SIHH 2011 looks like an interesting year for JLC. First of all, the 1931 Reverso looks interesting. Now this 1959 DSA looks very interesting too. Again, the big difficult question is, which one will be the one I would want? The US Dial version or the Euro... 

The easy answer is both.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:30
That was the same problem with the TTP 65 and 68. But as saoid above, having this kind of dilemma is better than to not have it. A delicious torture. Best, Patrick. Nicolas.

can't believe my eye... MJLC really surprising me again...

 
 By: Stefan : January 12th, 2011-08:32
... WOW...WOW... in addition to Revero 1931... this is really surprising me again... MJLC does not disappoint us this year. now... my shopping list will be Reverso 1931 and DSA! can't wait to see the flesh and try them on wrist and also place the order as... 

I think that shortly after the SIHH, you will be able to see them in the flesh, Stefan.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:34
My guess is that you will fall for them... Let us know, Stefan. Best, Nicolas.

Nico Nico....you sly one...

 
 By: Andy : January 12th, 2011-08:32
it's so nice to get such a pleasant surprise like this...!!! There could have been a sound file but obviously we were talking about the reverso minute repeater to be revealed soon. It is a very faithful reproduction...even down to the faults in the origin... 

The TT DSA will sound like the NSA and Polaris.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:37
Same movement, same sound. The only thing which can differ is that the case of the TT DSA is a bit smaller than the TTP. Will it have a consequence on the sound of the Alarm? We'll see, but I doubt it will be an important difference, maybe in the volume? ... 

Such a great writeup Nicolas!

 
 By: i_am_Sam : January 12th, 2011-08:55
JLC did a great job on these Deep Sea Alarm watches.. I love the fact that it is almost exactly the same with the original version.. And I totally agree that some imperfections on the design/functionality give these two watch a special kind of charm... Th... 

Cool info!

 
 By: ripper : January 12th, 2011-09:55
Great info and pics. Thanks!

I indeed love the fact that JLC did dare to keep these imperfections.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:44
It was a less easy decision than trying to hide these imperfections, to solve them. It is part of the DNA of these watches, and it had to be kept this way, in my opinion. Thanks for your input, Sam. Best, Nicolas.

I totally agree with you on this...

 
 By: i_am_Sam : January 14th, 2011-00:25
And I'm really glad they kept it this way.. I cannot wait to see one in metal.. Looking forward for more reports next week! HAGWE! Sam

Gorgeous!

 
 By: JTK : January 12th, 2011-09:43
Not sure either will be reachable any time in the near future, so I have some time to decide

Thanks, Jason. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:54
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A superb analysis...

 
 By: Baron : January 12th, 2011-09:46
written with dep feeling and passion. These watches very clearly mean a great deal to you...and so they should. For me, the LeCoultre is the one i will buy as a brother to its original. Or maybe a son. Can't wait. Superb write-up. And congratulations to y... 

Is this that obvious that I love them both? :)

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:57
They are so lovely! Thanks for qharing your enthusiasm, Baron. Best, Nicolas.

Great news!

 
 By: AlexSunrise : January 12th, 2011-09:58
Nicolas, Wonderful post!!! Thank you for preparing such sublime review of two superb re-editions from JLC. Needless to say, both are incredibly alluring! Another slam dunk for JLC! Gracias, hermano, Alex

Hi Alex!

 
 By: renerod : January 13th, 2011-00:08
I sent you an e-mail early this morning with the news, isn't it great? And once again, Nicolas doing his great job. Thank you Nicolas!

Hello, Rene!

 
 By: AlexSunrise : January 13th, 2011-14:53
JLC definitely gave us vintage nuts a great opportunity with this faithful re-edition! For sure this is a model to be inspected more closely! Hopefully I will get that chace sometime soon. Hope all is well. Best regards, Alex

Thanks a lot, Renerod. Much appreciated. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-21:59
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My JLC AD has ...

 
 By: mstanga : January 12th, 2011-11:51
Thank You Nicolas for this awesome detailed introduction. My JLC AD here in Italy has my reservation on his desk with the number "1". Have a nice day my friend Marco

One 'American' Please

 
 By: Aqua-nut : January 12th, 2011-12:01
Thanks for the pics! Love it... Sean

Roger. :) Thanks, Sean, and welcome here! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:16
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Thanks Roger!

 
 By: Aqua-nut : January 31st, 2011-13:08
Will post pics of mine when it comes, thanks for brining it to my attention, one of the divers that started my watch addiction. Cheers, Sean

This Summer is what I was intially told

 
 By: Aqua-nut : February 15th, 2011-11:43
Can't wait. One of the Three that started me in this obsession...'er habbit...uh...hobby. Cheers, Sean

Good, but

 
 By: foullis : January 12th, 2011-12:03
very nice moment, LeCoultre signed dial again ! I'm not a big diver watch fan, but not bad re-editions.

As a diver I have been thinking the whole day how to comment.

 
 By: dr.kol : January 12th, 2011-14:33
Before seeing the watches in metal next Monday, I will say nothing definite. But I would summarize my feelings as follows: Positive things are the history of the watch, the design, size and the similarity with the original watch. Negative is that accordin... 

Love these passionate discussions, Kari.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:30
Several points: 1/ You say you won't dive with it. It is sure that I will rather consider swimming with it than diving with it at some serious dephts. BUT... With the Vintage, you have to avoid water, even in a glass. I lived it last summer, I was at the ... 

We are so many here who are passionate about watches.

 
 By: dr.kol : January 14th, 2011-08:46
I agree with many of your comments Nico and have just one comment and one question: It is clear that the new watch is much better for diving than any vintage. But do you have any idea why is the depth rating just 100 meters? I agree with the virtues of th... 

Here are some answers, Kari.

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-15:38
JLC could give a more important depht rating, but it would have required a sapphire ( no way on this piece ), or a different plexy, not shaped in the same way, less nicely integrated to the bezel. The original one was WR to 155 meters. As for the comparat... 

Thank you for the straight answers Nico

 
 By: dr.kol : January 15th, 2011-01:31
Like I said earlier; I don't know yet. It will be great to see the watch in metal on Monday and perhaps I will order both - I don't really know. Let's hope there are also some other new and exciting things and see you soon. Safe trip! Best, Kari

I want them both !!! :-)

 
 By: bimbeano : January 12th, 2011-15:12
You know what i mean Nicolas .... . Great post, very informative again for a novice like me. To be seen in the flesh .. in a not to distant future ... . filip

Bimbeano....

 
 By: Baron : January 13th, 2011-01:50
yours was my favourite response!

Baron ..

 
 By: bimbeano : January 13th, 2011-01:55
An obviously best response ... The two watches look stunning and everytime i prefer one above the other, soon the other gets my attention and vice versa ... . Both executions are great-looking overall ... if only i had some fundings ... .... . filip

The famous Belgian Greediness. Or the Greedy Belgian? Don't know. :)

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:18
Thanks a lot, Filip, and for sure, you will see them soon! Best, Nicolas.

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea PRESS RELEASE

 
 By: AnthonyTsai : January 12th, 2011-16:44
There are some watches that leave an indelible trace on our collective memory because they have written a page in history. The Memovox Deep Sea, the first diver's watch ever made by the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, undoubtedly belongs to the select circl...  

Beautiful renditions

 
 By: mirador : January 12th, 2011-18:34
But which one ? thanks for a great post

What a sublime announcement!

 
 By: L(uke) : January 12th, 2011-19:25
Thanks for your care and attention with this post. It hit all notes with me and I rushed to contact the BH Boutique. This is such a tribute to the originals.

Really? Great news! Which one did you order? [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:34
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very faithful esthetics

 
 By: tictactimes : January 12th, 2011-21:45
nice tribute, to a very desirable vintage... (sopt on review: everything is there) Price is high, but market will tell. looking forward to see or bring one one underwater

hail to Plexi!

 
 By: tictactimes : January 12th, 2011-21:50
watches with thick plexi like this are a dream to wear. there is an incredible appeal to the reflection that the plexi gives. in our days of sapphire everywhere, it is very pleasant to see that there is still room for high end watches with plexi.

Agreed on the Plexy, but I may be biased. :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:41
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Yabadabadoooo!

 
 By: VMM : January 13th, 2011-01:38
Love the Jaeger-LeCoultre version. Very, very nice. I guess I'll see them live next thursday. Thanks. Vte

I strongly encourage you to do so, Amigo.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:43
We'll meet, then! Best, Nicolas.

See u then?

 
 By: VMM : January 14th, 2011-01:23
I'll be there on the 20th. From 12PM to 17PM. Very busy but there Hope to see you, at least to say hello and give you a hug. Take care. Vte

Ouch...

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-01:28
Will be there from the 17th to the 19th... Too bad! Best, amigo. Nicolas.

Next time.

 
 By: VMM : January 14th, 2011-01:51
Enjoy the SIHH, I know you will. Take care. Vte

Made my day!

 
 By: gmt2 : January 13th, 2011-02:18
Nicholas, Thank you so much for the post it was an absolute pleasure to read, the way you share your passion for these watches is a joy. Made my day! Best my friend Christian

Irresistible

 
 By: Dje : January 13th, 2011-03:09
Hi Nicolas, You've waited this time for long! Now it has come and it's no lesser than expected! This watch is just irresistible! Cheers Dje...  

Wow! How cold is Paris?

 
 By: TdotBean : January 13th, 2011-08:03
I see snow on the roof! Fantastic watch Jerome. I just ordered mine and I blame it on Nicolas. Best Tyler

So, will you resist, Jerome? :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:52
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Clearly? No!! nt

 
 By: Dje : January 14th, 2011-01:37
nt

Good! :)))

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-01:38

I eagerly await a DSA roll call in a year or so.

 
 By: TdotBean : January 14th, 2011-05:23
You have successfully spread your passion around. Thx once again. Best Tyler

That is something I have in mind, Tyler. :)

 
 By: amanico : January 15th, 2011-00:01
Can't wait to see them all here! Best, Nicolas. This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-01-15 00:03:12

love it mon ami !!

 
 By: P@trick@Belgium : January 13th, 2011-04:28

Thanks a lot, Patrick. Best! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-22:54
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Nico...help! They won't let me buy one!

 
 By: Baron : January 13th, 2011-05:56
London Boutique told me the US version was only going to be available in the US. Is that really JLC policy?

In which case....

 
 By: Baron : January 13th, 2011-06:22
The UK head office is not informed. They told the London boutique that it was not possible. Don't they understand that I "need" one?

Some pictures from the event!!

 
 By: thomas..m : January 13th, 2011-06:09
A great evening!!! Thank's a lot Nicolas!!! Some pictures... The US one: Than, the UE One: And the Event!!: Enjoy!...  

Thank you for sharing these event photos..

 
 By: ocwatching : January 13th, 2011-07:28
there must have been soo much excitement at the Boutique that evening... I am killing myself trying to decided between the two...ARGH..and I can only get one...(snif)

My pleasure!

 
 By: thomas..m : January 13th, 2011-09:49
And thank's again to Nicolas and Yves Odier!

It was a great night, like I love them.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-23:23
Not too many people, just friends. I just regret that our POY.FR wasn't there with us, as his place was among us... Thanks for the pictures, Thom. Best, Nicolas. This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-01-13 23:25:19

I see ...

 
 By: bimbeano : January 14th, 2011-00:55
... a lot of usual suspects !!!

I wish I were there

 
 By: Dje : January 15th, 2011-01:39
Hi Thomas, i wish I were there! They look like happy and relaxed men! Cheers Dje...  

Yesterday night, the two beast were in Paris...

 
 By: Caius : January 13th, 2011-06:17
First, Thanks my friend for this great moment with you ! As we explain Nicolas, the step around DSA is identical to the previous project, Polaris. No concession on reissue, a product very close to the original watch. I prefer the Europe version, wiser and...  

Each of them has its own appeal and charm, Doug.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-23:46
A delicious dilemma, my friend. Thanks fro your pictures! Best, Nicolas.

Merci à toi...

 
 By: Caius : January 14th, 2011-01:07
for this great moment together. Tributes, Burgers, friends, that's all... And I forgot, the Champagne'taster...  

you guys had a great preview of this stunning watches...

 
 By: Stefan : January 14th, 2011-08:45
hope these watch will come to our place soon. stefan

Wonderful news!

 
 By: dxboon : January 13th, 2011-07:05
Of course, this type of release is very much in my zone of interest -- modern "vintage" design, and a dive watch to boot!! How can I not embrace these two models as a good thing? The lingering question is: which version is prettier? Thank you for bringing... 

It may well be an excellent target for you, Daos.

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-23:49
Vintage Charm, Alarm, Diving Watch.... Heaven or Hell ( in the decision to take between these 2 ) ? Try them, you will know. Best, Sister. Nicolas.

That is one strong duo!!!

 
 By: nikolaj : January 13th, 2011-10:02
One is perhaps visually more powerful than the other - but both are very strong in my opinion. I love them both, and it will take some time for me to appoint a favourite, I think Thanks for the revelation! Nikolaj

Thanks Nicolas, I am happy...

 
 By: cisco : January 13th, 2011-11:25
happy for people who were at the creation of this piece, happy for the collectors who have a dramwatch recreated, happy for JLC which has done a great job on this Deepsea recreation, happy for all the customers who will have one of the most beautiful spor... 

You said it ALL - passion & joy ..

 
 By: hs111 : January 13th, 2011-22:03
- very well put, Francois ! - very well done, Nicolas !! 'Chapeau' to Nicolas' post, to all on this project and to JLC ! Cannot wait .. ( the US version for me, for sure, well then this other one .. - pain & pleasure revisited..) Best, HS PS: Allow a naiv... 

Great way to solve the dilemma, hs. :)

 
 By: amanico : January 13th, 2011-23:21
It is not too late to order the TT DSA. PM me. Best, Nicolas.

Dilemma indeed - but what a nice one to have !!

 
 By: hs111 : January 14th, 2011-04:13
I'll go first for the TT DSA 59 - US -- but for how long to stay alone before the second godess joins ? - only desire & wallet ( and availability ?) will tell, You have my PM, Nicolas, thanks ! Best again and Hope- / Joyful also, HS PS: Amazing post - goe... 

All thanks to JLC and Nicolas

 
 By: cisco : January 14th, 2011-14:54
I am sure you will be even more enthusiastic with this special watch on wour wrist Cheers ! Francois

You are the best my friend ...

 
 By: p@trice : January 13th, 2011-12:08
Choisir, c'est renoncer !!! Thank to JLC, thanks to Amanico, thanks to Yves Odier ! Best Patrice...  

I would rather say: " To choose, is to renounce to choose ". :)

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-00:10
It was great to see you here, and thanks a lot to have made the effort to come from South of France! So, which one did you choose, Galavar? Best, my friend. Nicolas.

Thanks to you, Jeff. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-00:10
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The DSA deserved such an amazing post!

 
 By: Marv : January 13th, 2011-15:12
Congratulations Nicolas for this review of a very tempting watch. And thank you for all your passion you share! First the appealing Tribute to 1931 Reverso, now these 2 beauties ... it seems that 2011 will be a promising year for JLC.

And I suspect this is not all, Marv... More to come next week.

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-00:12
The Tribute Family begins to be as rich as interesting.... I hope that we'll have other chapters to read! Best, Nicolas.

I'm soooo tempted..

 
 By: fernando : January 13th, 2011-23:38
One of these two could be my first JLC for a very long time. Thanks for a fantastic presentation Nico. Best Fernando

A fine and thoughtful introduction, and one 666 push

 
 By: PoyFR : January 14th, 2011-00:37
I truly enjoy your Memovox Deep Sea presentation, so much to learn and so much to add to anyone’s watch list or wishes. As for those pieces, what possible other choice is there? But hey being that you are beeing so evil you might as well set up a kidney t... 

The watch was worth some efforts, POY, as you know it very well.

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-01:37
As for choices, I fear you're right. If you want we can set up the kidny transplant centre together... TUCO and Blondin.... Thanks for your help and friendship, POY. Best, Nicolas.

Thanks JLC , Nicolas

 
 By: aldossari_faisal : January 14th, 2011-02:26
Faithful to the original ... i so loved this discription the most suiting one i believe... what i love about it that its a True redition... kept the imperfections as they are ... not like other brands who sometimes do a redition and play it smart by chang... 

I hope this is just the beginning, Faisal...

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-02:51
I wish we'll have more pieces coming from the Past! Back to these TT DSAs, JLC played the game with " panache ". Best! Nicolas.

ahhhh

 
 By: Baron : January 14th, 2011-02:31
the more you look at it, the more beautiful it is.

When you say that, my friend...

 
 By: amanico : January 14th, 2011-02:43
Now I know you! Have golden dreams. Best, Nicolas.

Amazing report (and watch)

 
 By: joshua71 : January 14th, 2011-11:01
I'm always amazed by your watch knowledge. I really enjoyed your post and photos.

Just amazing, Nico!

 
 By: E.J. : January 15th, 2011-00:27
I was waiting for news like this one!.... I love these watches, hermano!. And my love is divided in two... I love them at the same time, and in a equal proportion. I think that I´m a very lucky man because I could admire in the flesh (two or three times) ... 

Well, Emilio.

 
 By: amanico : January 15th, 2011-03:22
All the TT DSA are not spoken for, at the moment I type these words. I posted this preview only 3 days ago, so the 1318 pieces can't be sold in such a short time. Anyway, I can secure one ( or two ) for you, if you want, just let me know. They won't be de... 

Well, there was a recent question whether re-editions were

 
 By: Mostel : January 15th, 2011-13:39
... a good idea or not... THIS is what re-editions are all about. Nothing short of pure love here. WOW, Nicolas. WOW.

Thanks, Mostel.

 
 By: amanico : January 15th, 2011-13:48
Yes, I read Damjan post, and I honestly think that when a re edition reaches this level of authenticity, it is a great idea to make it. Nothing easy, here. Best, and thanks for your input. Nicolas.

Fantastic Review ! You have the connections!

 
 By: rudy500 : January 17th, 2011-16:01
Thank you for the review and the crisp photos. I am jealous of your connections at JLC. It must be nice to have have such clout and get to handle those beauties before the rest of the world! Best Regards, Mike

Great piece! Thanks Nicolas for sharing!

 
 By: Z3 : January 21st, 2011-02:21
This "replica" is very true to the original. I am very impressed! Thanks JLC, for bringing back a design classic from the past! Jon (Z3)

Really Love this Watch

 
 By: Tony A.H : January 25th, 2011-16:53
but WISH it was Bigger in Diameter. GREAT Report. Thank you.!

Try it, Tony... You will see. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : January 25th, 2011-23:00
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What is the value of an Original DSA

 
 By: diamondude : November 8th, 2012-13:27
I am new to this forum, and I am trying to figure out the value of an original Deep Sea Alarm US version. The watch is in working condition and in pretty good shape(though running a little slow) I would be glad to provide picture if anyone wants to email ... 

DSA

 
 By: diamondude : November 8th, 2012-13:47
Hi, Not looking to sell, but curious as to its worth. It was my fathers dive watch and after he passed it became mine. I didn't realize it was a rare watch until I stumbled onto this web site. Any info would be appreciated, Thanks, David

Sorry, but we don't discuss prices on this forum.

 
 By: amanico : November 8th, 2012-13:54
And since it is your father's watch its financial value is not the most important, don't you think? Enjoy your treasure. Best, Nicolas

sorry

 
 By: diamondude : November 8th, 2012-13:59
Sorry if I didn't follow proper protocol....Thanks, David

No problems, now you know...

 
 By: amanico : November 8th, 2012-14:00
And you can post pics of your DSA US and share your passion with us! Best, Nicolas

Dad's Dive watch...

 
 By: diamondude : November 8th, 2012-14:10
...  

Original bezel, cool bracelet, wrong hands. Not a big deal, though.

 
 By: amanico : November 8th, 2012-14:16
SUPERB! Best, and thanks for posting this beauty. Nicolas

great detail but all pictures are lost?

 
 By: exitium : June 26th, 2015-23:26
Looking forward to seeing the review in it's entirety again

What a great job with this Magnificent Post my friend Nicolas!! It is to appreciate...

 
 By: Subexplorer : February 17th, 2016-11:26
... your dedication and to make it possible to enjoy again this post with its also magnificent photography! This post has been very enjoyable and helpful to me. Congrats my friend!! Un fuerte abrazo mi amigo!! Abel

Hi Nicolas!! This post came to me in the exact timing!!

 
 By: Subexplorer : February 17th, 2016-15:39
Yesterday a good friend mailed me telling that a local AD was offering him a NOS box and papers Tribute to DSA USA version. He was not interested but he knew I was looking for it for some time. So today in the afternoon my friend took me to the shop and I... 

Hej Abel !.. Great news !.. These DSAs are really something special, with a unique appeal.. The US one has strong vibes !.. :))

 
 By: hs111 : February 17th, 2016-19:37
Happy for you, indeed ! Sincere Congrats & it sure is nice, that now there is another one of this group has this community piece ! Best, hs

Ha ha ha!! Yes el perro con dos colas!! I´m very happy for this unexpected finding of yesterday my friend! the watch...

 
 By: Subexplorer : February 18th, 2016-05:34
... is so beautiful and cool! I will post it soon with the story of its surprising finding here at a local AD. Un abrazo mi amigo y muchas gracias!! Abel

Aahhh !.. This is great stuff, re-activated again !.. I re-read this seminal post, devoured the superb pics.. Reliving the time.. :)))

 
 By: hs111 : February 17th, 2016-13:37
.. and very wisely predicted by you & happily done by me; .. ending up with both DSA Mermaids ! Also recall the hilarious moments of their arrival to Paris ! - To be relived, in some way or another .. Best, hs

Almost 49000 views...

 
 By: proestak : February 18th, 2016-00:08
That shows something.I wonder if any of the most recent releases from the past 2-3 years could reach such interest and passion. Personally I doubt. Best, Yiannis

Yes, he does. ;) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : February 18th, 2016-00:23

Seminal post ...

 
 By: nilomis : June 19th, 2016-03:27
That post prompted to have ... a trio: Sorry for the bad picture. I will do better next time. Cheers, Nilo ...  

At the time of the Tribute to DSA unveil, the Deep Sea Chronograph Vintage didn't exist, indeed.

 
 By: amanico : June 19th, 2016-23:22
It came the year after. There are no many lucky owners of such a trio, here. Thanks for your answer, Nilo. Best, Nicolas