For Geophysic Hard Core fans only ...

Aug 02, 2010,01:23 AM

Here are some documents I received from my contact and the Heritage Gallery at the Manufacture...

First, the famous tag.



An official picture:

A pair of ads:

A German one which seems to mean something like " A new watch to celebrate an Historical Date ":

I love a lot this one:

Some interesting technical draws showing the construction of the Geophysic case:

And now, the " Plat de Resistance "...

If you're a big fan of the Géophysic, you certainly know the front cover of the dedicated brochure, represented here:

But did you have the opportunity to see what is inside?

If not, here you are!

The brochure tells the story of the 2 commanders of the USS Skate and Nautilus who saw their mission in the Polaris area celebrated on the 16th of December, 1958.

On the 16th of December, these 2 Commanders received from some Citizens of Geneva a Chronometer Géophysic.

It is also reminded that the JLC Chronometers were used by some Commanders of Boats such as " The Liberty ", The " Cristoforo Colombo ", or the " United States ".

Here, a close up of the text on the left part of this page:

Which is also important, and this has a relation with the Géophysic, is that thank to this Brochure, we learn that beside the Geophysic, the Geomatic, and the latest Caliber 906, there was, in 1958 another Chronometer, the Master Mariner... I'm investigating right now on it.


Then, on the last page of this brochure, it is said all the merits of the Géophysic : an Anti Magnetic, and accurate timekeeper.

The text used in this document was taken from the " Journal Suisse D'Horlogerie et de Bijouterie ", in 1959.

It is a pity that the text is in French, but at least, you now know where the pictures were taken from.

The cherry on the cake?

The Géophysic Leaflet:

" Specially dedicated to those who work close to powerful magnetic fields "

" A robust construction in an elegant conception ".

This leaflet sums the Story behind the Géophysic, like told in the brochure above, and shows the different references of this model:

Being able to get all these documents and goodies around the Geophysic is a great part of the Collecting pleasure, and also helps to better understand and appreciate the true value of our beloved watches.

As we mentionned watches, a last picture about the JLC Chronometers, a kind of Family picture, even if some " members " are still missing.

Hope you will enjoy these extra candies ...



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Argh Nicolas ...

 By: p@trice : August 2nd, 2010-01:42
Je vous demande de vous arrêter ... LOL Best Patrice

Why? :)

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:25

Sometime, I learn from you, sometime you learn from me

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:26
That is all the interest of our Virtual Home, my friend. Thanks for the very nice compliment. Best, Nicolas.

Geophysic certificate label

 By: Clavi : August 2nd, 2010-02:33
Interesting documents, thanks. The Geophysic label I knew previously has a different colour scheme. One more nice oddity...  

Another cool ducument, Clavi.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:28
As you said, one more oddity... That is the fun of the JLC History. Best, Nicolas


 By: thomas..m : August 2nd, 2010-03:31
Thank's Nicolas, but you forgot the Jubilé.... Best my friend!

Wait, I opened another thread which will be used as a

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:29
Reference for our community. I will post it there, as I already made a post about the Jubilé. Best, my friend. Nicolas

becoming a hardcore fan

 By: playtime : August 2nd, 2010-05:21
Thanks for sharing this one--an intriguing watch. I never thought i'd become a fan of vintage pieces, but these pieces seem so modern..... Jason

Vintage pieces need some work to be fully appreciated.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:31
While the moderns are more evident, as you have a kind of " immediate " story, with modern pieces. You immediately know if the piece sings to you or not, while, on the Vintage, it is a bit more complicated. Of course, there may be an instantaneous love wi... 

OK, this was definitely worth waiting for...

 By: respo : August 2nd, 2010-05:35
Awesome post, Nicolas. It is like Christmas, Santa Vlad! I love looking at the Geophysic more and more, so I am really enjoying this treasure trove of goodies. It makes me wish MJLC would do a Tribute to the Geophysic, for real, not a total recreation in ... 

Now, if we speak about Dreams, Respo...

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:35
I would like to see a decently sized Geophysic ( 38 / 40 mm maximum ), with an original case ( I mean a case which doesn't exist, currently ), a traditional dial, very close to the original, and a very modern movement, with which JLC could express its tal... 

This IS real Hard Core, Nicolas!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : August 2nd, 2010-12:08
Another fantastic post! It’s this kind of posts that makes us dream of finding the original and dream that JLC will make a re-edition close to the original! A sincere thank you, my friend Best Blomman

Indeed, Blomman.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:38
The Geophysic is this kind of watch I would like to have in original ( which is luckily already done ) and in an inspired re intepretation! Let's pray and hope that JLC will make our dreams come true. Thanks for the nice words, my friend. Best, Nicolas

very well done...

 By: ocwatching : August 2nd, 2010-14:59
the vintage bug has bit me a bit and this stuff is just great to feed my hunger... thank you!

Fantastic post on a fantastic watch..

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : August 3rd, 2010-07:21
Thankyou my friend for sharing this. I thought somthing like this would have been your 30.000 post Cheers Hans

I had this in mind, truly.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:41
Now, creating the reference post about the Ads, Catalogs and Leaflets took a long time... And posts! One day, I will gather all these informations about the Geophysic and will post them in only one thread. It is worth it! Best, Hans. Nicolas

I am just amazed...

 By: hans_jorgen_1968 : August 3rd, 2010-13:07 much wisdom and effort you are putting into mine and others pleasure Just a small word.... ....Thankyou... Cheers my friend Hans

You're too kind, Hans.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-13:10

1958 sales brochure

 By: Clavi : August 3rd, 2010-07:47

Interesting document, Clavi.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:43
I didn't know this one! Funny to see the prices in old and new French Francs. Thanks for the share! Best, Nicolas


 By: Stefan : August 3rd, 2010-08:49
... wow this hard-core post is really eye-opening to me. although i can't understand the language and the text i still can guess how cool of these advs. Geophysic is truly one of many classic signature watches made by MJLC. story behind this watch sounds ... 

My pleasure, Stefan.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-09:44
It would be great if, one day, you could get one! That is my wish for you. Best! Nicolas

Que decir? FANTASTICO!

 By: VMM : August 3rd, 2010-10:28
Thank Nico, once again, you did a great job. A pleasure to read. Reading the insights and imagining how it was back then, makes me feel good. I really like the ad about the submarine commanders, super cool. Gracias Nico. Un abrazo. Vte

Muchisimas gracias, Vicente.

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-11:38
A pity it is written in French, as you would all love the text! Like you, I appreciate a lot the historical background behind some watches, such as the Géophysic. Thanks for your nice words, Hermano. Un abrazo, Nicolas.

Once again...

 By: Nomer : August 3rd, 2010-15:04
Once again, you make me wish to stumble upon another NOS vintage watch with all the papers while perusing the shops at the weekend. Alas, this is not the way it works and I must acquire expertise and experience first using such virtual methods; but eventu... 

Well said, Nomer...

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-22:09
Homework first! And it bis far from being boring, you'll see. I won't separate Modern and Vintage watches. I know that many are Modern or Vintage, rarely both, they have their own interest, but when I see brands like Rolex, JLC, PP, for example, there are... 

Not yet a hard core fan...,

 By: Goh : August 3rd, 2010-20:21
but I am beginning to appreciate these vintage pieces along with their history. Thanks for sharing this fabulous post. Goh

Thanks a lot, Goh!

 By: amanico : August 3rd, 2010-22:11
You are already in the Vintage world, with some pieces like the Memo black dial... Even if it is a piece from the 90ies, it is so firmly close to the Vintage... Best, Nicolas