An in depth review on the Géophysic E 168

Dec 13, 2009,10:25 AM
 

- Introduction -

The Géophysic is certainly one of these watches which counts a lot in the JLC History, along with the Reverso, the Pilot Watches, the Future Matic, and the Memovoxes ( Deep Seal Alarm, Polaris, E 855 ... ).

It was released in 1958, among a few others like the Memovox Parking and the World Time, to celebrate 2 events:

- The International Géophysical Year ( I.G.Y ).


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The purpose was as simple as strong: To offer to scientists of all the world a tool watch, able to resist to hostile places, anti magnetic, reliable and accurate, to help them in their tasks and experiences.

- The 125th Anniversary of the Company, founded by Antoine Lecoultre ( which explains that all the movements housed in the Geophysic show Lecoultre Signature, instead of Jaeger Lecoultre ).

It is important to say that not many Chronometers were made by Lecoultre, then Jaeger- Lecoultre, in the Vintage era, as there are a very few references which bear the name of Chronometers: The Cal 170 ( pocket watch ), the Géophysic, the Géomatic, the Cal 906 ( Ref 24 000-42 ), and we can add the Mark XI, to the list, too.

But, some of the " Grande Maison " calibers ( the Cal 906 and the Cal P 478/ BWSBr ) were housed in the famous Vacheron Constantin Chronomètre Royal, which is a sign of their quality.

JLC had a brilliant idea to advertize on this watch: In December 1958, 2 pieces were offered to the 2 officers in charge of Nuclears Sumbmarines, the Nautilus, and the Skate.

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This picture ( and the first one I posted ) are very interesting, as they show the watch, its special engraved case back, and the Box, shaped as a Sputnik, the warranty with the I.G.Y Logo, and the Tag.

Please note that only the 2 watches presented to the 2 Submarines Officers had the engraved case back, and the Sputnik box.

It seems that the other Géophysics came in a box shaped like a book, you could hide in your library.

Here's a picture I found in Zaf's book:

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You can read, all around the I.G.Y Symbol : " From the citizen of Geneva to U.S.S Skate Commander James F Calvert ( same for Commander Anderson ) in recognition of the historic conquest of the North Pole in August 11th 1958. "

Here, the complete package, as the Commanders Anderson and Calvert received it:

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And, here, the original warranty:

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So, the " Raison D' Etre " of this watch was simple, and brilliant:

Playing the card of the Adventure, and Science, which are timeless targets, values.

The Flag of the Nautilus:

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The North Pole Map:

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The U.S.S Submarine Skate, fighting with the North Pole ice:

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This last pic is interesting, as it was used by JLC on their ....catalogue! ( 1958 )

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And an interesting text from the 1961 Catalogue, which perfectly sums the importance of the watch:

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It is also interesting to see that JLC advertized in a more classic way ( and funny, too! ) on this watch ( 1959 ) :

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" A watch which defies the magnetism, but which also magnetizes the clients ".

The Géophysic is not only a tool watch with an interesting story, it is also, and maybe first of all a Chronometer, one of the few JLC Vintage Chronometer wristwatch, and the first of them, with the Géomatic, and the Early 70ies Chronometer, as we will now see.

An...Army of JLC Chronometers:

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I / The Case:

The Géophysic came in 2 references, with 2 different cases:

The Ref E 168 in Pink Gold, Yellow Gold or Stainless Steel, whose case is 35mm diameter.

The Ref 2985, so called " Géophysic De Luxe ", whose case was 34 mm diameter ,and only in YG or RG.

There is not only a difference of 1 mm between these 2 references, the bezel, case, lugs, dial, hands, and the presence ( or lack ) of soft iron dust cover are most important, as you can see on a pic I found on a 1961 Catalogue:

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As I couldn't already see a Ref 2985 in the flesh, I will only focuse on the Ref E 168, here.

To fully appreciate the Géophysic, I think that the best is to compare it with some other JLC watches, close in size, like the Géomatic ( 36 mm ) or the Mark XI ( 35 mm ).

The Géophysic has a very angular case ( at the lugs ), compared to the Mark XI and to the Géomatic:

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The lugs are shorter, compared to the 2 others, the thickness of the case is between the Géomatic and the Mark XI, as well as the crown, which is not signed.

The Rose Gold Géophysic:

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Here are 2 pics which will be useful to appreciate the differences ( the Géophysic is at the middle ) :

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As you can see, the finish of the case is polished on the upper part, and brushed all around.

Even if its case is a bit more rough than the Géomatic or the Mark XI, the Géophysic is still an elegant and lovely watch, indeed.

There are a lot of things to say about the Géophysic Case Back:

While on the Géomatic, the serial number of the case is outside the case back, on the Géophysic, it is inside.

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But, this is not a general rule, as on the Rose Gold Géophysic, the serial number is engraved on the case back, not inside:

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On the Géophysic, the center of the case back bears the famous sticker representing the IGY Logo, while on the Géomatic, this Logo is engraved:

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So, if we compare the 2 watches offered to the Commanders of the U.S.S Skate and Nautilus with the other Géophysics, the only difference is that, of course, you don't have the text engraved all around the sticker, but the sticker is the same.

Most of the SS Géophysics we see nowadays have lost their sticker, sadly, so if you can find one with, jump on it!

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The case back is screwed, of course, and once opened, it lets show the soft iron dust cover:

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The soft iron dust cover offers a resistance to the magnetic fields up to 600 Gauss ( from 400 to 600 Gauss, to be precise ), which was one of the " Raison d'Etre " of this watch.

II / The movement.

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The movement is one of the most interesting part of the Géophysic.

The Cal P 478 BWSbr is a dign member of the great JLC family of movements, whose roots can be found on the Cal 450 / 470 housed in the Mark 7 Weems ( or not Weems ).

Here ,the Mark 7 Weems Cal 450:

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Then, some 5 years later, came the Caliber 488 SBr, which was an improved movement, compared to the Cal 450 / 470:

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While the 450 and the 488 SBr share a Breguet hairspring, the 488 Sbr adds a Hack setting system, and a nice finish.

So, the Cal 478 BWSBr may be considered as the direct descendant of the 488 Sbr, or better said, an evolution of the 488 Sbr.

If you compare the 488 with the 478, aesthetically, the 488 is decorated with Cotes De Genève, while this is not the case for the 478.

Actually it is a very nice movement, as you can judge on the following pics:

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Here, a focus on the Swan Neck, which didn't exist on the 488. ( Credit pic: Steve G ) :

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Besides the Swan Neck, the 478 also adds a Parachoc Shock Protection, was submitted on severe tests, and adjusted on 5 positions, to fit its main prupose: The Chronometry.

As for the later Géomatic, the watch was delivered to the final owner with an Official Chronometer Certificate.

50 years later, the Chronometric Virtues are still here, and mine, after a service, is gaining 1 second per day!!!

A last word to understand the qualities of this movement: As I previously wrote,the 478 was used by VC for its Chronomètre Royal ( Cal P 1008 / BS ), a detail which may speak to Watch Lovers ( Credit pics: Steve G )...

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A picture of the watch ( dial side...Don't know who to credit ):

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III / The Dial:

The first thing which catches the eye is the purity, the elegance and the strength of the dial.

The long Five Minutes indexes are playing with the shorter minute indexes in an harmonious way.

We can even speak of Timeless Beauty.

It has this minimalist design which perfectly corresponds to its purpose, a toolwatch for scientists, who don't mind about ( or don't need ) much more details, just the essential.

On the next pic, you will see mine on a nice background, found in the " La Grande Maison " Book, showing another Géophysic along with its " Sputnik " Box.

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On this one, you see the original spade shaped hands, while I had to take another option, as I didn't find anything else ( for the moment ) than Calypso hands, but the outcome is quite nice, to me.

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As always, when the aperture of the dial is important, the watch looks bigger than it is in real.

Here, the case has a diameter of 35mm, but it looks like a 38 mm watch, on the wrist.

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The applied 5 minutes indexes and numbers give some Life to the dial, and elegantly contrast with the painted minute indexes.

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The only touch of color comes from the hands, on the SS version, due to a nice patina of the radium :

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With the Rose Gold version, the partition is warmer, indeed.

The contrast with the white dial is awesome, and here, the applied indexes and numbers are matching with the case.

As always, Elegance or / and Warmth...To each his own!

Here, with the correct hands:

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From the pictures above, you will notice these small radium balls, on the outer part of the dial, touching the plexy, which gives a light, discrete contrast with the white dial.

There, with the Dauphine hands:

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Dauphine or Sword Hands?

What's your favourite?

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I kept a detail for the end, the texture of the dial.

I don't know if you remember what I wrote about the Duo Mètre Grainé dial, but, basically, I said that it reminded me something, and it was the Géophysic dial, as you can notice from a picture taken in the " La Grande Maison " Book:

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In comparison, a picture of the Duo Mètre Dial:

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The inspiration is clear, don't you think?

Now that you saw the pics of the 2 dials, don't you better appreciate the Duo Mètre dial?

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I took some macro pictures, to have a better look on the special texture of this dial:

Here, you clearly see the applied numbers and indexes:

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And there, the grainé finish:

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Same here, but this next picture reveals another detail.

Look at the first " R " of the word " Chronometre ".

You will see that it is not completely formed, and this is not the case only on my dial, but on all the dials I saw.

Not an effect of Time, nor a consequence of the Patina, but the dials were printed this way, a bit as a " Secret Signature "

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The dial is made in the same metal than the dust cover ( I didn't know this detail, provided by Zaf in his book ), once again to protect the watch against magnetic fields.

The most problematic part of the watch is to find one with a dial in correct condition, as a lot can be seen coming with ruined dials, as this example, for instance:

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And to find another dial in correct condition is not impossible, but almost.

IV / General thoughts and conclusion.

The Géophysic has a different personality, if you compare it to its little sister, the Géomatic.

While both are chronometers, the first is a manual woud movement, when the second is an automatic caliber ( Cal 881 G ).

Both are beautiful and charmful watches, but I have a light preference for the Géophysic plain dial and bigger crown.

I'd say that the Géophysic is an elegant toolwatch ,when the Géomatic is an elegant dressy watch.

A pic is worth a thousand words to perfectly describe and sum the different philosophy of these 2 watches:

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I took another interesting picture, gathering 3 Historical JLC Watches together.

Interesting, horologically, of course, as I wrote that the 488 is in a certain way " the mother " of the Cal 478, but aesthetically, too, as the Mark 11 is a miltary toolwatch, and the Géophysic is a civilian tool watch.

So, there is a mechanical link between these 2, and an historical link between these 3:

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Another strange thing is that the Géophysic looks a bit bigger in SS than in RG, maybe due to the white metal and dial, and the lack of bezel, which visually enhance the size.

On the wrist, this is a very pleasant watch to wear.

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Dressy or casual, it doesn't matter, the watch is discrete, but with a nice presence, and very legible, whatever the hands( original sword or Dauphine ).

It is just amazing to remind that this watch is ...50 years old, as its design is so modern!

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The scarcity of this watch makes it even more desirable, as a few were produced till 1961 ( 1038 Ref E 168 in SS, 222 in YG, and the Manufacture says 30 in RG, even if I think that there are a bit more... ).

I have some doubts about the RG and the YG numbers, as I never saw a YG, but I was able to handle 4 RG and I saw two more in pics.

If you count all the destroyed, lost or dead Geophysic, they may considerably be less, and rarer.

While we're speaking of Chronometry Contests, it appeared interesting to me to keep in mind that at a certain era, Chronometers were the pride of the brands,and among them, this remarkable piece.

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Best,

Nicolas

PS: I would like to thank our friend Berny for letting me shoot his Géomatic Tonneau, and his awesome Géophysic ( the one with the good hands and the sticker on the case back. ), and, of course, the Heritage Gallery for the informations, some of the historical scans and ads posted here.

PS 2: I also recommend Zaf Basha's book " Jaeger-Lecoultre, a Guide for the Collector ", which contains a very interesting chapter about JLC Chronometers.
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And again, a splendid review

 
 By: Starman : December 13th, 2009-11:47
I simply love the looks of the Geophysic as well as the Geomatic. And since you asked, I prefer the Calypso hands. Tool watches are great, but even more if they don't look like tool watches. This is the kind of watch that 007 should be wearing underneath ... 

There is something powerful and elegant in this Geophysic, indeed, Starman.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-14:22
What is funny is that I spoke of it with some big JLC Collectors who of course get the interest of this watch, but don't like it... It is one of my very favourite Vintage JLC, let's say in my top five. As for your request, my friend, my favourite answer w... 

Excellent!

 
 By: Meehna : December 13th, 2009-12:29
Beautifully researched and put together. I enjoy seeing watches and their calibers put into the context of the history of the brand -- -and JLC has quite an illustrious history! Best, m

A mine of treasures

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-14:24
The JLC Past in a real mine of treasures, Meehna... And some of these treasures from the Past have a nice connection with Present. Thanks for your nice words, my friend. Best, Nicolas

Ah, Nico, I think I've seen this movie before! You are obviously . . .

 
 By: Dr No : December 13th, 2009-13:23
. . . Cary Grant, and the Gèophysic is Grace Kelly ;-) . . .

The difference between Cary and me is

 
 By: amanico : December 13th, 2009-13:25
That I would know how to not stay in front of the door... Best, Art! Nicolas

. . . and you undoubtedly have a bigger . . .

 
 By: Dr No : December 13th, 2009-13:30
. . . watch collection, too! With a wink and a nod, Art

Fantastic. Pure class.

 
 By: VMM : December 13th, 2009-13:33
if I was wearing a hat, I would take it off for you my friend. Chapeau! , a pleasure to read and watch. Thanks for the enjoyment. Vte

My pleasure, Vicente.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-14:25
You're too kind with me, my friend. Aren't you tempted, contaminated by one of these beauties??? Best, Nicolas

Pura delicia.

 
 By: VMM : December 15th, 2009-14:52
Too kind?, don't think so. I just share what I feel. Tempted? Without any doubt! It's amazing how beautiful your watch looks, as I said, pure class. I love the way the brown/orange stitch matches the patina on the hands, there is where I found the "class"... 

Interesting review !

 
 By: bimbeano : December 13th, 2009-13:52
JLC is becoming more and more appealing to me ... is this thanks to the moderator ? These geos have a timeless design as all great watches have, not to speak about heritage. Thanks for the report and please never cease to amaze us Nicolas ! Filip

It is difficult to not fall in love with this one, Filip.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-22:53
It is hard to believe that this Géophysic is 50 years old, indeed. I just hope that JLC will, one day, re interpret this myth! Best, my friend. Nicolas

Spade hands for me, no doubt !

 
 By: foversta : December 13th, 2009-14:10
Thanks a lot for this superb post Nico. The watch deserves it ! Fr.Xavier

You're such a Purist, FX! :)

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-22:56

It is impossible not to love watches after review like this

 
 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : December 13th, 2009-14:50
thank you so much for another legendary review .... this one will be used in future in case my children will show some signs of not being watch nuts ... :0))) this will be the text to "cure" them (along some other of your jewels) ll the best and thank you... 

Thanks, Damian.

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:44
So, you want your children to be watchnuts? Sure? Best, my friend. Nicolas

Not tempted, Milan?

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:46
With your awesome collection of Vintage JLC, you never considered getting one of these Chronometers? Best, Nicolas

I like it... [nt]

 
 By: foullis : December 16th, 2009-04:17
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Wow, it says it all! :))) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-08:46
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Once again....

 
 By: MiniCooper : December 13th, 2009-15:11
you have given us a great review... Many thanks my friend..... Cheers ps please decide between 007 and Cary Grant..... lol

You're welcome, PP.

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:47
Choosing between Cary and James? No way! Best, Nicolas

Fascinating report, Nicolas

 
 By: respo : December 13th, 2009-15:16
Thank you for posting this. That 478 is a very nice looking movement, especially as finished by VC as the Cal P 1008. I really like the Geophysic with its three hands, no date. The parallel you draw between its dial and the Duometre is incredible. I love ... 

Respo, a coincidence may only be a coincidence, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:50
It was pure innocence... You don't believe me? I love these " bridges " between Past and Present, and if you have a close eye to the moern production, there is always ( or almost ) something borrowed from the Past. The next SIHH will be a HIT, my friend. ... 

Glad it is so rare

 
 By: stromer : December 13th, 2009-23:44
Hi Nicolas, another great insight into JLC history! You know that I am new to JLC vintage watches, and once again you brought a wonderful watch to my attention. So stern, so clean, so modern. If there were not the name and the numbers on the dial, one cou... 

Thanks a lot, Manish. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:58
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This Geophysic is one of many treasures from the JLC Vintage world, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-02:57
Along with the Future Matic, the Divers, the Memos, the Géomatic, the Triple Calendars, the Reverso, the Military, and a few others... Entering this world is like being bitten. The nice cases, the sublime lugs, the timeless dials, there are so many reason... 

Remember what I told you in front of the little shop in Paris?

 
 By: stromer : December 16th, 2009-12:26
I said I had no intention to start a collection with a topic. JLC vintage watches surely would be a great theme to collect and so it is better that the Geophysic is hard to find. I better leave Pandora's box alone But thank you very much for trying, mon a... 

You're much wiser than me, Martin! :))) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-12:39
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I have my doubts

 
 By: stromer : December 16th, 2009-13:08
because we must all be crazy to spend so much money for so small things. Best, Martin

Never say never my friend.....

 
 By: MiniCooper : December 16th, 2009-12:40
Time has the art of making you do things that you thought that would never do.... Cheers

Now, 666 is speaking! :) [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-12:54
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Lol :::)))

 
 By: MiniCooper : December 16th, 2009-22:26

You are very right

 
 By: stromer : December 16th, 2009-13:13
For example up to very recently I never thought that I would ever have some tasty Feuerzangenbowle together with a watchnut diplomat You know why I wrote "I had no intention to..."? Because I know only too well what you mean! Best, Martin

Thank you Nicolas

 
 By: Dje : December 14th, 2009-03:10
Hi Nicolas, Thank you and congratulations for your great article on the history of my favourite watch! After reading your words and watching your pics I wonder if that would be a good idea to create a new Geophysique as I doubt that they could do as well,... 

I totally share your point of view...

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-08:04
There is nothing to remove from a perfect watch, and touching a Myth is too dangerous, IMO. IT would be better to start from nothing and to create a new myth, indeed, and I hope JLC will hear us in our prays. I'm pretty sure you will find one, Jerome. You... 

feel so good to read your post and see these classic beauty...

 
 By: Stefan : December 14th, 2009-03:47
thanks very much, Nico for giving us opportunity to see all these classic beauty. feel so good to see them and learn their characteristics and charm. yes, you are quite right, geophysic has different DNA and charm. after seeing the comparison of them side... 

Géophysic, Géomatic...

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-08:08
To be honest, if I had to choose one from these 2, it would be the Géophysic, less elegant than the Géomatic, but more ...powerful. BUT, I love a lot my Géomatic, and I'm very happy to own one. i love it so much that I'm even considering ad... 

Some additional material on original packaging

 
 By: Clavi : December 14th, 2009-05:23
Below, another exemplar of the "sputnik" leaflet (I believe there were more than 2 of these issued.. or that would mean that the one below is actually the second and last one, which I doubt) : And next, the book-shaped Geophysic box for the Jubilee, which...  

awsome pictures, thanks [nt]

 
 By: foullis : December 14th, 2009-11:58
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I spoke about the sputnik box, not the leaflets, Clavi.

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-14:11
But you're a damn lucky guy to own one of them! As well as the " Book "! Thanks for sharing these awesome pics. Best, nicolas

There have only been a very few...

 
 By: nwp627 : December 14th, 2009-06:35
...professors in my academic experience that could do what you have just done in this posting. You have woven a great deal of knowledge and history into an extremely enjoyable artistic tapestry depicting a major accomplishment by JLC. Now I need to own on... 

You're too kind, Neil

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-14:18
It is only pleasure, Neil, to take the time to prepare these reviews. Sometimes, I have an idea, and from time to time, I take the time to build the post, to think aout it, to improve and complete it. That's all, nothing else than pleasure. As for the wat... 

Outstanding post, thanks! nt

 
 By: Chris Meisenzahl : December 14th, 2009-06:40
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Thanks YOU, Chris. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-14:18
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gREAT Review as always Nico! [nt]

 
 By: BluNotte : December 14th, 2009-10:06
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My pleasure, Stephen! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-14:19
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Always on top of the game Nico...

 
 By: moc : December 14th, 2009-14:04
thanks for a comprehensive and clear rewiew my friend.I like especially the ref to the grainy dial of the duometre!!!!eh Eh!!!And some say that the duo is not jlc dna????????crazy people.......Mo

Aaah, Mo

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-00:08
The grainy dial on the Géophysic is so special... The only problem is that it is not easy to find a piece with a dial in good condition, as the watch seems to have a hard life... I don't know why, but I feel you're dangerously in love with the Suomet... 

Just fantastic!

 
 By: SteveG : December 14th, 2009-17:00
Easily a week's worth of reading, ogling and fun, you have all my favorite watches in there. Thanks so much for your sterling scholarship, research and presentation! (I hope JLC is also appreciative )

Thank you so much, Steve

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-00:40
And thank you for having let me use your pics, which are some of the best ever posted. Aaah, by the way, you did have a brilliant idea to put a see through case back on your Geophysic. The movement is worth it! Best, my friend. Nicolas

Your review is wonderful and let me know much more

 
 By: Watchlover78 : December 14th, 2009-19:43
about JLC wonderful past and present! Keep up the good work. Thank you very much! Best regards, Baxter

Love the packaging of the watch...

 
 By: patrick_y : December 14th, 2009-21:12
Thank you for the extensive review Nicholas! Photos, history, wrist-shots, friend's watch, and everything I could think of! This in many ways is also a book review, since we got a taste of what Zaf Basha's book entails. I especially appreciated the review... 

There are some nice ideas to grab from the past, indeed.

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-00:44
The packaging, as well as the watches, Patrick. JLC already did it with the Polaris and its special packaging, by the way. Best, my friend, and thanks for your nice comments. nicolas

outstanding review

 
 By: donizetti : December 14th, 2009-22:55
Thanks so much. There is something incredibliy appealing about the purity of the dial, the chronometer inside and the history you describe. Great start of the day for me to read this review. Best Andreas

Thanks a lot for your nice comments, Andreas.

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-08:01
Very well put, my friend. The magic blend of a tool watch which is also an elegant watch. Difficult to beat! Best, my friend. nicolas

Geophysic E 168

 
 By: lolago : December 15th, 2009-09:48
Thanks a lot for this excellent indepth review, let me add some scans of my Geophysic in 9kt YG from UK with the logo engraved in the back...  

I'm impressed, Lolago!

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-11:30
Feel free to post more pics of this rare bird! Best, Nicolas

... more pics

 
 By: lolago : December 15th, 2009-22:05
Thank you Nicolas, here you are ;-) Lorenzo...  

There are 3 stunning details on your watch.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-22:11
The Logo, which is engraved on the case back, and this is the first time I see that. A friend of mine made me observe that your is a British 9 Cts YG Case...I didn't know that it existed in YG. The Buckle, which is also in 9 Cts Gold. May I ask you more p... 

... dating the case

 
 By: lolago : December 15th, 2009-22:28
...  

Interesting...and coherent with the Géophysic production years.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-22:49
It wasn't said that the Géophysic came with a 9 cts Case, but it is said that 2500 movements were made. When you number all the Geophysics made, you reach a bit more than 1400, all metals and references included. So, there is a gap, and yours may fit the ... 

... buckle

 
 By: lolago : December 15th, 2009-23:06
... the bucle without any JL logo...  

Thanks a lot, Lorenzo.

 
 By: amanico : December 15th, 2009-23:10
I'm on the hunt for THE correct Géophysic Buckle... Thanks for posting yours! Best, Nicolas

Thank you, Nicolas ...

 
 By: lolago : December 16th, 2009-05:15
and good luck for your hunt! ... the last pic with his new boyfriend ;-) Lorenzo...  

You're building a Chronometer Collection?

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-07:49
That's another endless Thema, my friend. And a beautiful one, too! Congrats, and good luck... I feel we'll exchange a lot about this. Nicolas

Outstanding work Nicolas !

 
 By: DrStrong : December 15th, 2009-12:29
thanks to you I have re-discovered this great watch ! Cheers Jeff

Great job, Nicolas !

 
 By: Berny : December 16th, 2009-05:54
Thank you foryour great post about the Geophysic ! Berny

A myth we don't often speak about, Jeff. Right!

 
 By: amanico : December 16th, 2009-08:52
There are other Marvels in the Vintage JLC wonderland than the Polaris, the DSA the Memos in general, or the Reverso. You made me re discovering so many nice watches, my friend, that for once, it is Justice that it is my turn! Best, and thanks for your ni... 

Good design is timeless

 
 By: dxboon : December 16th, 2009-22:28
Another great post, Nicolas! What really struck me when looking at the pictures of the Geophysic on your wrist is the sheer modernity of it. Save for the clearly vintage (but very clean!) nature of the case, dial, and hands, the watch looks like it could ... 

That's the definition of a Timeless piece, Daos

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-07:59
An eternal modernity, a kind of Dorian Grey...In better! You seem to be ready to " Dive " into the JLC World, Sister. Take care! Best, nicolas

Any project you would like to speak to us, Daos?

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-22:47
LOL; Best, 666

Patience, Most Evil One! :-) LOL!

 
 By: dxboon : December 17th, 2009-22:49
All will be revealed in time. Shouldn't you be eating birthday cake right now? Daos

I think.....

 
 By: MiniCooper : December 17th, 2009-23:16
that he is done eating..... He is back writing..... Cheers

I agree. He has clearly finished his slice of cake...

 
 By: dxboon : December 17th, 2009-23:38
...and is sitting in front of the computer now! LOL! Cheers, Daos

Aha...I see...

 
 By: amanico : December 17th, 2009-23:22
What could it be??? Forget the cake, and tell us all! Best. Vlad Dracul;

géophysique pink gold

 
 By: FranckAlexandre : March 23rd, 2010-08:20
Hi Nicolas, Your post is very interesting. You say you have only seen 4 or 5 geophysic pink gold, i've got one, if you are interesting I can send you pics. Best regards, Franck from Paris

Hi, Franck!

 
 By: amanico : March 23rd, 2010-08:58
Yes, of course, I'm very interested to see it! As I also live in Paris, this would not be very difficult to find the time to meet. PM me please! Best and welcome here, by the way. Nicolas

géophysique

 
 By: FranckAlexandre : March 23rd, 2010-14:35
Hi Nicolas, With pleasure. I leave close to the Bourse and I work at the "Maison de la Radio". Let me know when we could meet close to one of these places. Best Regards, Franck [Email address suppressed for privacy]

You have PM.

 
 By: amanico : March 23rd, 2010-14:41
Please check you received it and confirm it to me, as I have some doubts about our PM system... Thanks, Nicolas

classic, timeless, elegant and of the highest quality is xhat can be said of the geophysic

 
 By: georgeszaslavsky : September 16th, 2011-12:30
The geophysic is a very understated watch but a great one with a top quality movement. Thanks again for sharing these beauties amanico best regards georges

Well, I do tjhink that the Geophysic is among the 5 Top Vintage JLC watches.

 
 By: amanico : September 17th, 2011-00:28
There is something very special with the Geophysic. When you don't know JLC and that you see it for the first time, you are not that impressed, at the contrary of a Polaris,n Deep Sea Alarm, Reverso, or even a simple Memovox. It is not the most beautiful,...