Jaeger Lecoultre Geographique watches. A good example of the Manufacture Diversity

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-03:35
When the Master Géographique was unveiled in 1989, it was an original, friendly, sophisticated and beautiful watch, displaying a complication which is somewhere between the GMT and the World Time. Indeed, when you select the city you are traveling, the time zone of this city is displayed in the dedicated sub dial. Easy to use, complex to achieve.

Here is the " Ketchum " Edition, in platinum, belonging to our dear friend Sandgroper.

In 1996, the Manufacture revisited the Master Géographique, with a more modern dial. Here, in platinum, 

With a splendid hinged case back: 

In 2011, a new version... With a silver dial, and, some years later, in black, with a steel bracelet:

And, in 2017, the Sector dial, simplified, without date nor power reserve: 

We could think that having 3 evolutions in different metals ( colored gold, white gold, platinum and steel ) with different dials ( grey, black, silver, blue, sector ) would have already be enough. 

But with Jaeger Lecoultre, it is never enough. 

The Geographique complication has been used with different cases, such as the Reverso, in 1998:

The Master Compressor Géographique, in 2002: 

The Master Compressor Diving Géographique, adding a mechanical depth gauge to the Géographique complication in titanium, in 2006 / 2007, then in 2009, in rose gold ( Navy SEALs Alarm edition ) : 

And last, but maybe not least, the Polaris Geographique World Time, issued in 2018, in steel, in a limited edition of 250 pieces. 

Who else can achieve that? 

Who will complain, too? 

As I said, this is one of the many example showing that Diversity is in Jaeger Lecoultre DNA. 

We'll see that we can say the same with other complications, such as Minute Repeaters, Perpetual Calendars, Tourbillons and so on... 

That's why I have a lot of admiration for this brand. 



The profile of that ‘Ketchum’😱

 By: xxn : July 11th, 2019-05:00
they sure don't make them like they used to. Everything from the lugs, bezel, dial indexes 

The Master Case needs to be revisited, indeed. The " Big MUT " could be a solution. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-08:48
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My faves - reverso, Pt from 96, and the MC of course [nt]

 By: watchthatman : July 11th, 2019-09:40
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Thank you, my friend. Nice choices. But you can't go wrong with any of them. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-09:45
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True, but those three are so special! [nt]

 By: watchthatman : July 11th, 2019-13:41
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I cannot disagree. The champion certainly is the Reverso Geographique! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-15:03
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And nice write up btw!! Thanks Nico! [nt]

 By: watchthatman : July 11th, 2019-09:41
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Another version

 By: cfnissen : July 11th, 2019-12:10
Hi Amanico,

I love the Géographique - thank you for reminding me!

I have another version of the Master Control with a different version of the power reserve indicator and the day/night indicator.

I have also realized by looking at my Instagram-feed that it has been much too long since I wore it last. I will rectify that next week when I am back from my summer holidays.

In the mean time I’ll share a picture of the Géographic doing its thing during a trip to Abu Dhabi.


I forgot this version! I knew I forgot something! Thanks for adding yours, my dear Claus. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-14:54
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I tried to pick up a sector dial approximately two weeks ago but alas it was gone [nt]

 By: aperna : July 11th, 2019-12:55
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With a bit of patience, it is doable. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-14:54
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Thank you for reminding me of the Diving Pro Geographic!

 By: renerod : July 11th, 2019-14:38
One of my grails! And what a great picture of it as always. Gives you an idea of the depth and heft of this great watch.

Also that sector dial from 2017 is so sweet 😍

It is incredible to see how many different iterations has taken this movement.

Thanks for sharing.


Absolutely, my friend, diversity was my main point. Gracias, René. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 11th, 2019-14:55
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There was an additional 'Geographic' model, the 'Master World Geographic'...

 By: BjoernM21 : July 13th, 2019-02:33
... which is my favourite. In addition to the second time zone (called "privileged time zone" by JLC with this model), a real world time display was offered. To the regular models in stainless steel (152 84 20) and pink gold (152 24 20), many limited boutique and AD variants were offered. Below, on the RH, the boutique models in stainless steel (152 28 440) and titanium (152 T 440) are shown.

This combination of a world time indication with an additional (to the main display) zone time indication I can select makes this model the perfect travel watch for me. The 'Polaris' model you show has the same functions, but I prefer the 'Master' design.


Indeed, Bjorn. The only concern I had with this reference is the " Nike " power reserve indicator, which, in my opinion, killed the dial. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 13th, 2019-02:41
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I really like the concept and dial of the master geographique

 By: descartes1 : August 21st, 2019-09:51
But unfortunately I find it a bit thicker than I would like.

Yes, true, a bit thick... [nt]

 By: amanico : August 21st, 2019-15:31
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Amanico - you always teach me something new.

 By: Sportster : August 21st, 2019-15:10

My pleasure. Thanks for your kind comments. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 21st, 2019-15:31
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It might have been nice...

 By: watchme : August 23rd, 2019-08:34

to insert a picture of the 2007 Geographic World right before the Polaris edition. It was 41.5mm and the Polaris is 42, and was clearly the inspiration.

When the '96 edition came out, is was voted "Watch of the Year" in Chronos' annual readers' survey.

My personal favorite is the Compressor Geographic in steel on the bracelet. I love how JLC dispensed with the reserve de marche and instead made an instantaneous AM/PM indicator. Also, the white pointer hand on the date, like the one on the 5712/1A, is supremely legible. I'd like to source one, one day.

My secret wish is still that JLC will acknowledge the work-place move towards more casual wear and the public's love of steel sport watches and re-launch the Compressor line with each watch featuring the strap change mechanism and coming with bracelet and rubber or alligator. (Are you listening, Ms Renier?)


I am with you on a cool and great new casual watch. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 23rd, 2019-14:58
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Great post Nicholas! In my opinion JLC Embodies sophistication, precision, Wrist presence and authority. It has become one of my favorites. Thanks for postingEnjoy your vacation best tony

 By: aperna : August 23rd, 2019-18:45
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Thanks, Tony. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 23rd, 2019-23:20
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