But, there are small elements that can make or break a world timer dial. Many have dials with maps printed on these that tend to look flat and a little lifeless but not in the event of the Geophysic Universal Time. Here, the map seems to be piled on the dial just like a bas-relief and supplies the dial a few feel. Any text published on the dial (especially the city ring and 24-hour ring markers) is high contrast and quite legible despite the little font. The applied markers are also a wonderful touch.Another common complaint with world timers that plenty of collectors have would be the hands, which tend to be modest. This is again a result of design because the authentic time-telling dial is quite small and the palms have to be limited to the radius. If you have found the hand length to be a problem on the planet timers, then the Geophysic Universal Time may not be the right watch for you. The sword shaped palms are brilliantly polished and filled with Super-LumiNova. In training, legibility should not be an issue in most situations.The Geophysic Universal Time is housed at a 41.6mm steel case. The case styling is reminiscent of dress watches from a few decades ago. The new update, while apparently small on paper, makes a significant visual difference. The Geophysic Universal Time is currently offered on a fine-link steel bracelet.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Automatic Men's Watch Q1538420

As I noted previously, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon does not make use of the deceased beat seconds complication – however that I didn’t miss it. What it does include from the larger Geophysic set is your in-house-made and -designed Gyrolab balance wheel. I am pretty sure we’re safe to suppose that this is the first time the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrolab equilibrium wheel has been placed inside of a tourbillon-equipped timepiece.The flying tourbillon seems to come right out of the dialup, which is enhanced by the fact that the majority of the dial is domed and three-dimensional because it is. What’s very cool to see is how the tourbillon literally orbits around the dial (some people would call that a tourbillon in a tourbillon) using world-time disk. Yes, it does block reading a number of the dial just a little bit, but no actual functionality is lost with the inclusion of the tourbillon. This really is an excellent mixture of components for men and women who really like world-timers and that also need the mechanical sophistication (and luxury status) of a tourbillon.Adding to overall practicality from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon is the simple fact that the movement is an automatic. This handy mechanism with its utility and beauty is the in-house-made Jaeger-LeCoultre quality 948 automatic movement. You are able to view the 22k pink gold automatic rotor through back of the situation’s sapphire crystal exhibition window.Despite the domed dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch isn’t terribly thick at just 14.85mm (water-resistant to 50 meters). It doesn’t have the intense lavish ending of some tourbillons which could be somewhat more expensive – but then again, you’re not spending that much money while still getting what many would consider a grail. This watch prices just like a high-performance yet stock-production luxury European automobile. You might go for something more private and expensive, but you know that they won’t really serve their intended function any better than that.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Automatic Men's Watch Q1538420

If you are searching in the $5,000 to $10,000 range and are searching for an everyday watch from a fantastic manufacturer with a distinctive yet vintage allure, any one of those three will likely fit the bill. Lean pickings or not, these sector dial Master versions from JLC were readily some of my favourite new models shown at SIHH and will probably end up being quite well known at the coming months.One of the most visually striking watches of SIHH 2017 was the very first “universal time tourbillon” by Korean Jaeger-LeCoultre, and it’s predictably bold and really quite pricey. Before this SIHH 2017 watch trade series, we debuted 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 variety of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches in the 1950s. Unlike the conventional group of Geophysic watches with their “authentic second” (dead-beat) ticking seconds hands, the 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon combines a world-time complication using an “orbital” flying tourbillon – in a rather visually magnificent manner.While that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch is neat-looking in pictures, you have to observe this watch at operation to appreciate it. First, there’s the ritzy solid-platinum situation that’s 43.5mm wide. It’s comfortable on the wrist and obviously more eye-catching than the majority of the remainder of the Geophysic collection – particularly the three-hand versions.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Automatic Men's Watch Q1538420

The yearly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is, as the name would suggest, a show predominantly composed of watchmakers producing watches that represent the top echelons of watchmaking. Six-figure price tags are a dime a dozen over the show floor. When I first saw the new Master Control Date using a sector dial in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s booth, I knew I wanted to find some time with it in my wrist, but once each conversation I had with collectors, journalists, and other business buddies kept coming back to a $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal dramatic watches are excellent, sure, but when we’re being honest, they are show pieces over anything else. Very few will ever be made, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I am not saying I don’t like these kinds of watches — I find them endlessly interesting and lust-worthy — just that I find watches such as this Jaeger-LeCoultre far more persuasive in the end. It’s a easy watch that provides real watchmaking inside, has a distinctive design, and comes in at a cost which makes it affordable to some relatively large swathe of their watch-loving population.Let’s look at the way the new industry dial Master Control Date came about and then dig into the specifics of the watch itself.The Master Control collection made its debut to Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1992. The idea was to make a line of watches that represented the worth of pure, classic watchmaking, having a focus on simple aesthetics, performance, understated technology, and long-term performance. Along with the first assortment of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre began its “1,000 Hours Control” quality check program, which topics finished watches into a six-week program of tests. This includes impacts, temperature fluctuations, movement through six places, water resistance, and much more — it’s all pretty standard stuff today (though six weeks is a lot of time for something such as that), but in 1992 this was essentially unheard of.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Automatic Men's Watch Q1538420

Stainless steel case with a black crocodile leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with black hands and index hour markers. An Arabic numeral marks the 12 o’clock position. Minute markers. Pulse rate scale appears around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Date display the between 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Chronograph – three sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour. Automatic movement with a 65-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 40 mm. Case thickness: 12.6 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 20 mm. Band length: 8.25 inches. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 50 meters/ 165 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, second, date, chronograph. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Item Variations: Q1538420, 1538420, 153.84.20, Q153.84.20. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Silver Dial Automatic Mens Watch Q1538420.


  • Jaeger LeCoultre

  • Master

  • Q1538420

  • Men’s

  • Swiss Made

  • Automatic

  • Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre JLC 751

  • 65 hours


  • 40 mm

  • 12.6 mm

  • Stainless Steel

  • Round

  • Solid


  • Analog

  • Silver

  • Sapphire

  • Black

  • Arabic Numeral marks the 12 o’clock position. Minute Markers. Pulse rate scale appears around the outer rim

  • Index

  • Three – 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour

  • Fixed Stainless Steel


  • Strap

  • Crocodile Leather

  • Black

  • 8.25 inches

  • 20 mm

  • Deployment


  • 50 meters / 165 feet

  • Date display between 4 and 5 o’clock position

  • Chronograph, Date, Hour, Minute, Second

  • Calendar, Chronograph, Leather, Stainless Steel

Additional Info

  • Luxury Watches
  • 2 Year Jomashop Warranty

  • 7630007127054

  • JLC-Q1538420

  • Q1538420, 1538420, 153.84.20, Q153.84.20

  • Watches

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