Geneva, Nov 07, 2021

LOT 368


CHF 8,000 - 14,000

HKD 68,000 - 118,000 / USD 8,700 - 15,200 / EUR 7,500 - 13,100

Sold: CHF 23,750

A fine and rare, manual wind, stainless steel chronometer wristwatch.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre

Model Geophysic Chronometer

Reference E 168

Year made in 1958

Movement No. 1276174

Case No. 747727

Diameter 35 mm

Caliber P4788WSbr, 17 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories extract from the archives


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 publicize 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 antimagnetic 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”.
Kept in overall excellent condition, the case appears to have had very little polish, the luminous indexes on the inner bezel are all present matching the luminous on the hour hand and the movement appears in mint condition.