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Geneva, Nov 14, 2009


Geophysic Jaeger-LeCoultre, ?Geophysic, Chronometre?, movement No. 1331984, case No. 748229. Made in 1958. Very fine and extremely rare, water-resistant, anti-magnetic to 600 Gauss, indirect center seconds, stainless steel chronometer wristwatch with a stainless steel Jaeger-LeCoultre buckle. Accompanied by a Jaeger LeCoultre box.

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

USD 10,000 - 15,000 / EUR 6,700 - 10,000

Sold: CHF 14,400

C. Two-body, polished and brushed, lapidated lugs, inclined bezel, screwed down case back. D. Off-white with applied steel baton indexes and Arabic 12 and 6, luminous dots on the inner bezel, outer minute/second divisions. Luminous steel epee hands. M. Cal. P478/BWSbr, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to five positions and to temperatures, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, parachute shock absorber, hack mechanism, swan-neck regulator, anti-magnetic dust cap. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam 35 mm. Thickness 10 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 2

Very good

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


1957 ?1958 was designated International Geophysical Year. This was an international scientific effort in which 67 countries took part in making observations and carrying out experiments in various aspects of the earth sciences such as seismology, electromagnetism, glaciology, radioactivity and solar activity. The Jaeger LeCoultre ?Geophysic? wristwatch was inspired by the Geophysical Year. To publicise the effort, watches were given to the crew of the the US Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, after its trip under the North Pole in 1958. This watch was made to be anti-magnetic to 600 Gauss to combat the effect of magnetic fields that could disturb the timekeeping qualities of the watch. 1038 pieces were made in stainless steel and 30 in gold. After 1962, the Geophysic was fitted with an automatic movement and renamed the ?Geomatic?.