The history of the dials is somewhat hazy, and nearly all of the big watchmakers made them at 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 to two applications — officials watches for the army and technological watches for lab use. Sometime in the late ’40s or early ’50s the popularity of industry dials started to wane before almost entirely evaporating from catalogs.However, lately, the design has become popular again and watchmakers are producing new takes on the classic style. Whether it’s anything to do with the mania for mid-century everything that is cropped up over the previous half-decade or not is another matter for another time, but there’s no doubt that industry dials are hot right now. And this watch could be one of the trendiest examples.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic was initially found in 1958 as a special variant watch and has since become a hot favorite for vintage collectors. The Geophysic Universal Time in steel was a part of the lineup, followed by a golden model. Here, we look at the steel version onto a bracelet and it is really rather interesting how a simple modification like buying a leather strap to get a steel bracelet can significantly alter the identity of a wristwatch. I am aware this point seems self-evident, but the change from quite dressy to very casual is primitive here, especially considering that the classic universe timer dial.

Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Automatic Blue Lacquer Dial 18kt Pink Gold Men's Watch Q8102520

Six-figure cost tags are a dime a dozen over the show floor. When I first watched the new Master Control Date with a sector dial at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s booth, I knew I wanted to get some time with it on my wrist, but once each conversation I had with journalists, collectors, and other industry buddies kept coming back into some $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal dramatic watches are great, sure, but if we’re being honest, they’re show pieces more than anything else. Very few will ever be produced, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I’m not saying I do not like such watches — I find them endlessly fascinating and lust-worthy — only that I find watches like this Jaeger-LeCoultre much more compelling in the end. It is a easy watch that offers actual watchmaking indoors, has a distinctive design, and comes in at a price which makes it affordable to a comparatively large swathe of the watch-loving population.Let’s look at the way the new sector dial Master Control Date came about and then dig into the details of the watch itself.The Master Control collection made its debut for Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1992. The idea was to create a line of watches which represented the worth of pure, classic watchmaking, with a focus on simple aesthetics, functionality, hi-tech, and long-term performance. Along with the initial assortment of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre began its “1,000 Hours Control” quality check program, which subjects finished watches into some six-week program of evaluations. This includes impacts, temperature changes, motion through six positions, water resistance, and more — it is all pretty standard stuff now (though six months is a great deal of time to get something like this), however in 1992 this was essentially unheard of.

Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Automatic Blue Lacquer Dial 18kt Pink Gold Men's Watch Q8102520

If you’re paying attention to the dates, a 1992 launch would make 2017 that the 25th anniversary of the Master Control collection. The watch we’ve got here is actually part of a trio that includes the three heart complications which have been from the Master Control collection as the start: time and date, chronograph, and traveling time. These aren’t really being tagged as a 25th anniversary set, nor are they being marketed as this, but that is essentially what these watches are and they are only going to be made for this one anniversary year. I am not likely to go too in-depth on the other two watches in this collection, but the chronograph remains worth a closer look. While the time-and-date watch is the one which drew me in immediately, I know quite a few men and women who were all over the moon about the chronograph. It is a stainless steel chronograph with a two-tone industry dial up for $8,000 — to get that at a classic watch you would likely be paying 10x, or even more. It is worth noting that this version is 40mm, therefore not modest, and it has a closed caseback, despite the automatic Jaeger movement indoors. The deficiency of date along with the bright blue accents really set this watch apart and make it awesome.The last watch is your Geographic, which, I hate to say, simply doesn’t do it for me personally. I enjoy the Geographic generally (I am 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 to get a sector dial. You do not get to enjoy the dial layout due to all the information packed in.Speaking of which, it is likely worth defining here what exactly a sector dial is and where it comes from. Loosely speaking, a business dial is characterized by and takes its name from the so-called “industry,” which is the fundamental ring on the dial with radiating markers in the hours. In addition to that, industry dials may have additional curricular registers marking out various increments of time, either beyond the sector or in the dial’s border. They are often two-tone, with the coloration within the industry and outside the sector varied slightly.

Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Automatic Blue Lacquer Dial 18kt Pink Gold Men's Watch Q8102520

18kt pink gold case with a brown alligator leather strap. Fixed 18kt pink gold bezel. Blue lacquer dial with pink gold hands and index hour markers. Minute markers. Universale time (24 hour) markers. World time cities appear around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Automatic movement with a 40 hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Skeleton case back. Case diameter: 41.6 mm. Case thickness: 11.8 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 20 mm. Tang clasp. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: hour, minute, second. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Item Variations: Q8102520, 8102520, 810.25.20, Q810.25.20. Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Automatic Blue Lacquer Dial 18kt Pink Gold Mens Watch Q8102520.

Information


  • Jaeger LeCoultre

  • Geophysic

  • Q8102520

  • Men’s

  • Swiss Made

  • Automatic

  • Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre JLC 772

  • 40 hours

Case


  • 41.6 mm

  • 11.8 mm

  • 18kt Pink Gold

  • Round

  • Skeleton

Dial


  • Analog

  • Blue Lacquer

  • Scratch Resistant Sapphire

  • Pink Gold

  • Minute Markers. Universale Time (24 Hour) Markers. World Time Cities appear around the outer rim

  • Index

  • Fixed 18kt Pink Gold

  • Pull / Push

Band


  • Strap

  • Alligator Leather

  • Brown

  • 20 mm

  • Tang

Features


  • 50 meters / 165 feet

  • World Time, Hour, Minute, Second, GMT

  • GMT, Gold, Leather, World Time

Additional Info


  • Luxury Watches
  • 2 Year Jomashop Warranty


  • 7630007162543

  • JLC-Q8102520

  • Q8102520, 8102520, 810.25.20, Q810.25.20

  • Watches

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