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Underwater Wednesday: Jaeger-Le Coultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet

by Michael Weare
6 March, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Jager Le Coultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet

Underwater Wednesday focuses on perhaps the most popular of men’s watches – the diver. Every top brand and every mainstream brand will have its version – or several versions of the diving watch, not so much because everyone is keen to discover the deep, but because the thought of it is very appealing.

This week we look at a newly launched Deep Sea Chronograph from one of the high end manufactures, Jaeger-Le Coultre.

The new Deep Sea Chronograph is housed in a larger 44mm case, crafted from high-tech cermet, a material that consists of aluminum reinforced with particles of ceramic and which is then covered with a protective coating of 40 microns ceramic which gives it supreme anti-scratch robustness as well as superb properties of resistance, lightness and stability.

For example, compared to titanium, cermet is 66% lighter and has at least equal if not greater shock-resistance than titanium. The macho matte properties of cermet also lend itself perfectly to the overall look of the timepiece.

The watch takes its inspiration from the Memovox Deep Sea model originally launched in 1959.

JLC Calibre S-58

The Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet runs on a calibre 758 mechanical movement with up to 65 hours of power reserve. The self-winding mechanism consists of 340 parts and vibrates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).

The watch is water resistant to 100 metres with a matte black dial and luminescent hands and hour markers readable at a glance whether underwater or merely peeping from under your cuff in an overlong sales meeting.

The three counters include two chronograph sub-dials for measuring 30-minutes and 12-hours, located at 3 and 9 o’clock and a third counter, at the 6 o’clock position which acts as a small seconds sub-dial.

Flip the watch over and there’s a frogman visible from beneath his air bubbles, just so you never forget this is first and foremost a quality diver.

There are two models to choose from. One with standard white luminous material on its hands and indices, the other  “vintage-inspired” model with tropical hands and hour-markers, available only from the JLC boutique. The watch is priced at a too deep for some $13,000.

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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