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SIHH 2009: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic Navy Seals

January 28, 2009

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Introducing the new Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic Navy SEALs.

In 2007, the Master Compressor Diving Pro created a stir and a huge craze in the diving world with its mechanical depth gauge that gives the case such a characteristic shape. With this exclusive Navy SEALs version, a 300-piece limited edition in pink gold with a shotpeened ceramic bezel, watertight to 300 metres, Jaeger-LeCoultre is once again asserting the exceptional nature of its depth gauge system. This instrument has a membrane that is sensitive to the water pressure exerted on its metallic head. It transmits the information to a rack, which in turn transmits it to a hand.

The depth can be read on a logarithmic scale, which is very detailed for the first 40 metres and is displayed on the outer dial ring. This timepiece, the ultimate in technical instruments, moves to the rhythm of the dive, continually and instantaneously displaying the diver's depth. Standing out against a black dial, the stamped numbers and hour markers are covered with a white luminescent coating, as are the skeletonised hands. So the design brilliantly plays the card of greatest legibility with, under the domed sapphire crystal of hardness 9, a play of black, white and pink gold, the luminescent hands and displays; while the crowns with their overmoulded compression keys of black rubber and the sensor of black PVD steel emphasise the simplicity of this timepiece's design. This watch is precious not only for its materials, but also for its functions: date, worldtime and an operating indicator. For example, to see the time in any time zone, the wearer simply positions the city representing that time zone in a window at 6 o'clock, and the time there is immediately displayed on a round 24-hour dial at 9 o'clock. The piece's accuracy is ensured by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 979 automatic movement, which operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve.

Movement:
mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 979, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand 28,800 vibrations per hour, 48-hour power reserve, 274 parts, 29 jewels, 7.30 mm thick

Functions:
hours, minutes, date
movement operating indicator
24-hour 2nd time-zone display at 9 o'clock
pointer-type depth gauge

Dial:
black with stamped, luminescent hour-markers and numerals
grey-white-grey luminescent depth-gauge scale
date: white, transferred against a black background
movement operating indicator: black with a white transfer

Hands:
hands and minutes: trapeze-shaped, gilded, openworked, luminescent
depth gauge: gilded with superluminova-coated triangle-shaped indicator

Crown:
1 black rubber-moulded crown at 2 o'clock equipped with a compression key, for starting the watch, adjusting the hours and minutes, synchronising and adjusting the 2nd time-zone display 1 black rubber-moulded crown at 4 o'clock equipped with a compression key, for selecting the time zone special chamber with depth sensor at 9 o'clock, with black PVD-coated steel sensor

Case:
Ø 46.3 mm in 18-carat pink gold, with ceramic diving bezel (steel frame)
Navy SEALs engraving on the case-back
cambered sapphire, hardness n° 9

Wristbands:
Vintage leather, overmoulded rubber or articulated rubber. The watch also comes with an alternative wristband, a diving strap in black Cordura® with a rip-and-grip strip.

References:
on leather strap: Q1852470
on articulated rubber wristband: Q1852740
on rubber-moulded wristband: Q1852670

Retail TBD

Divers, Jaeger-LeCoultre, SIHH


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