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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic

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Condition Pre-owned
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
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Feb 13, 2021 - Feb 25, 2021
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Reviews: 47
This dealer is from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
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Listing number 5CW7Y7
Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model Geophysic 1958
Reference number E168 (1958)
Dealer product code M1051
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Calf skin
Year of production 1958
Condition Fair (Obvious signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, St. Albans


Case material Steel


Bracelet material Calf skin
Bracelet color Black
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel


Jaeger-LeCoultre - Geophysic E168 (1958) stainless steel chronometer wristwatch of historical importance.
A very rare anti-magnetic chronometer wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and dead stop-seconds device.
Signed by Jaeger-LeCoultre Chronometre, Geophysic Ref. E168, manufactured in early 1958.

MOVEMENT no. 1’331’XXX, cal. 478BWSbr, signed, manual, 17 jewels, soft iron Farraday cage, rhodium-plated, lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to five positions and to temperatures, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, parachute shock absorber, hack mechanism, swan-neck regulator. The movement works very well and precisely.

DIAL: Original dial, off-white, arabic and steel baton numerals (applied 12 and 6, as well as 5 minutes index markers (dial ref. 8067/9), luminous steel dauphine hands, indirect center seconds. Slight signs of age at the 12 and 6 and some of the index markers (as shown in pictures).

CASE no. 748’XXX, signed, two-body, polished and brushed, lapidated lugs, inclined bezel, screw-down case back.
Case dimensions: 35mm
GLASS: domed acrylic crystal.
BEZEL material: Steel

BRACELET: Black crocodile leather strap.
CLASP: Jaeger-LeCoultre steel buckle

Only 1038 pieces of this watch were produced back in 1958 (with three different dials and two different hands) and they are only very rarely offered for sale. Over the last several years only three of them popped up in international premium auctions:

1. CHRISTIES Dec. 6th 2016: an identical E168 with very close movement / case #. Result: 32.500 USD
2. PHILIPPS Nov. 14th 2016: a similar E168 with very close movement / case #, different hands + Sputnik box. Result: 68.500 CHF
3. PHILIPPS May. 14th 2017: a similar E168 with earlier movement / case #, different hands. Result: 47.500 CHF

This watch comes with a recently issued Extract from the JLC Archives.
"A tool watch in its own right, the Chronometre Geophysic E168 was created in 1958 during the official International Geophysical Year, an international scientific project that lasted from July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958 where 67 nations participated in scientific exploration of our planet’s most inhospitable and unexplored places. It also marked the end of a long period during the Cold War, when scientific interchange between the East and West had been seriously interrupted. Destined for explorers and scientists, the Geophysic had a Bauhaus-inspired, no-nonsense dial optimized for the reading of time. Its chronometer movement (something quite rare for the brand at the time) featured a central hacking seconds hand, a special adjustment system for ease of regulation, as well as a Glucydur balance that would not be adversely affected by the changes in temperature. The movement was further protected thanks to a soft iron anti magnetic inner case, and was thus resistant to 600 Gauss – perfect for the research scientists working on polar bases, in laboratories, and inside submarines. A proud moment in the history of the brand as it was used in the first (three day) submersion from one ocean to another via the most direct route, underneath the ice sheet covering the arctic. Why did their crew used the E168? It is an ultra-precise chronometer (Cal. 478BWSbr) housed in a sturdy steel case with an extra inner-case to protect the movement from the effect of magnetism.
During a ceremony on the 16th of December 1958 two Geophysic watches were presented by the citizens of Geneva to the Submarine Commanders William R. Anderson and J. F. Calvert to commemorate their accomplishment of crossing the North Pole in their submarines in August 1958.
Jaeger LeCoultre launched a “Tribute to the Geophysic” in 2014, however this original Geophysic Reference E168 is one of the most coveted chronometer timepieces for discerning collectors." (Sources: Philipps, Christies et al)



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