If you’re hunting in the $5,000 to $10,000 range and are looking for an everyday watch from a fantastic brand with a distinctive yet vintage allure, any one of these three will fit the bill. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date will retail for a cost of $5,700 USD, with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph selling for $8,000, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic claiming $9400. Lean pickings or not, these sector dial Master models from JLC were readily some of my favourite new versions shown at SIHH and will probably end up being quite popular at the coming months.One of the aesthetically striking watches of SIHH 2017 was the very first “universal time tourbillon” by Korean Jaeger-LeCoultre, and it’s predictably bold and indeed very pricey. Prior to this SIHH 2017 watch trade series, we surfaced the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch here. Our David clarified how this “top notch” Geophysic built on the contemporary retro-inspired group of watches which is, in turn, dependent on a range of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches in the 1950s. Unlike the standard group of Geophysic watches with their “true second” (dead-beat) ticking seconds palms, the 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon unites a world-time complication with an “orbital” flying tourbillon – in a somewhat visually stunning manner.While the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch is neat-looking in pictures, you have to observe this watch in operation to appreciate it. First, there’s the ritzy solid-platinum case that’s 43.5mm broad. It’s comfortable on the wrist and obviously more eye-catching than most of the remainder of the Geophysic collection – especially the three-hand models.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox Automatic Silver Dial Men's Watch Q1418430

If you’re paying attention to the dates, a 1992 launch would make 2017 the 25th anniversary of this Master Control collection. The opinion we have here is actually part of a trio that comprises the three heart complications which have been from the Master Control collection as the start: time and date, chronograph, and traveling time. These are not really being tagged as a 25th anniversary collection, nor are they being promoted as such, but that is essentially what these watches are and they are only likely to be made for this 1 anniversary season. I’m not going to go too in-depth on the other two watches in this group, but the chronograph remains worth a closer look. Even though the time-and-date watch is the one which drew me in immediately, I know quite a few men and women who had been all over the moon about the chronograph. It’s a stainless steel chronograph with a two-tone sector dial for $8,000 — to find that in a classic watch you’d likely be paying 10x, or even more. It is worth noting that this version is 40mm, therefore not small, and it’s a closed caseback, regardless of the automatic Jaeger movement inside. The deficiency of date along with the glowing blue accents really put this watch apart and make it awesome.The last watch is your Geographic, which, I hate to mention, simply does not do it for me. I enjoy the Geographic generally (I’m a massive fan of traveling watches), and I even like the 3-9-12 dial layout. However, there’s simply too much going on here for a business dial. You don’t have to enjoy the dial up design because of all the information packed in.Speaking of that, it is likely worth defining here what exactly a business dial is and where it comes from. Loosely speaking, a sector dial is defined by and takes its title in the so-called “industry,” that is the central ring to the dial with radiating markers in the hours. Along with that, industry dials may have additional curricular registers marking out various increments of time, either outside the sector or at the dial’s border. They’re often two-tone, with the coloration within the industry and outside the sector differing slightly.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox Automatic Silver Dial Men's Watch Q1418430

With their nature, world timers have busy dials. But, there are little elements that could make or break a world timer dial. Many have dials with maps printed on these which are inclined to appear flat and a little lifeless but maybe not in the event of their Geophysic Universal Time. Here, the map seems to be piled on the dial like a bas-relief and supplies the dial some feel. The employed markers are also a nice touch.Another common complaint with world timers that plenty of collectors have would be the palms, which tend to be small. This is again a result of design since the actual time-telling dial is very small and the palms must be limited to this radius. If you’ve discovered the hand span to be a problem on the planet timers, then the Geophysic Universal Time might not be the ideal watch for you. The sword shaped hands are brilliantly polished and filled with Super-LumiNova. In training, legibility shouldn’t be an issue in many situations.The Geophysic Universal Time is housed at a 41.6mm steel case. The situation styling is reminiscent of dress watches from a couple of decades ago. The new update, while apparently small on paper, makes a significant visual difference. The Geophysic Universal Time is now offered on a fine-link metal bracelet.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox Automatic Silver Dial Men's Watch Q1418430

The history of the dials is somewhat hazy, and most of the big watchmakers produced them in one time or another (maybe not a surprise, because most manufacturers were using the same dial manufacturers). They arise sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s and could be traced into two programs — officers watches for the army and technological watches for lab usage. It’s unclear which came first, but the style flourished in the ’30s and ’40s, for both pocket watches and wristwatches, with Patek Philippe, Omega, and IWC producing some of the most lauded cases. Sometime in the late ’40s or early ’50s the prevalence of industry dials started to wane before nearly entirely evaporating from catalogs.However, recently, the design has become popular again and watchmakers are creating new takes on the vintage style. Whether it has anything to do with the mania for mid century everything that is cropped up within the last half-decade or not is another question for another time, but there’s no doubt that sector dials are hot right now. And this watch could be one of the trendiest examples.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic was initially launched in 1958 as a special edition watch and has since become a popular favorite for vintage collectors. The Geophysic Universal Time in steel has been a part of this lineup, followed by a golden version. Here, we look at the steel version onto a bracelet and it’s really rather interesting how a simple modification like exchanging a leather strap for a steel bracelet can considerably change the identity of a wristwatch. I know this point appears to be self-evident, but the shift from quite dressy to quite casual is primitive here, particularly considering the classic universe timer dial.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox Automatic Silver Dial Men's Watch Q1418430

Stainless steel case with a black leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with silver-tone hands and stick hour markers. Arabic numerals mark the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Date display appears at the 3 o’clock position. Automatic movement. Jlc caliber 956 engine. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Solid case back. Case diameter: 40 mm. Case thickness: 14 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 22 mm. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second, alarm. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Item Variations: Q1418430, 1418430, 141.84.30, Q141.84.30. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox Automatic Silver Dial Mens Watch Q1418430.

Information


  • Jaeger LeCoultre

  • Master Memovox

  • Q1418430

  • Men’s

  • Swiss Made

  • Automatic

  • Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre JLC 956

  • 45 hours

Case


  • 40 mm

  • 14 mm

  • Stainless Steel

  • Round

  • Solid

Dial


  • Analog

  • Silver

  • Scratch Resistant Sapphire

  • Silver-tone

  • Arabic Numerals mark the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Minute Markers around the outer rim

  • Stick

  • Fixed Stainless Steel

  • Pull / Push

Band


  • Strap

  • Leather

  • Black

  • 22 mm

  • Deployment

Features


  • 50 meters / 165 feet

  • Date display at the 3 o’clock position

  • Date, Hour, Minute, Second, Alarm

  • Alarm, Calendar, Leather, Stainless Steel

Additional Info


  • Luxury Watches
  • 2 Year Jomashop Warranty


  • 7630007127757

  • JLC-Q1418430

  • Q1418430, 1418430, 141.84.30, Q141.84.30

  • Watches

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