Jaeger-LeCoultre are extremely adept at handling tribute pieces sensitively, so it follows that the 2014 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 replica models capture the spirit of the original, with almost all of its endearing features remaining intact. Inside, Jaeger-LeCoultre have equipped the pieces with enough up to date technology to ensure that these watches do not simply pay lip-service to the 1958 edition.
The steel fake Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic model was limited in numbers, so much so that if you have an original in your collection then hat-tip to you for having a keen eye for a classic.
The in-house Calibre 898/1 has a precision-boosting high rate of 28,000 vibrations per hour, adjustments can be made using the screws set into the rim, it uses a spyr gearing system for smoother power transfer to the gear train, ceramic ball bearings wind the piece giving a power reserve of 43 hours, without the need for lubrication and a soft-iron case protects against magnetism. The cases have been upsized to 38.5mm but even so they remain firmly in the under 40mm vintage genre. All models have grained white dials, generous dagger-shaped hands and lume-coated dots, not on the face but the inner bezel ring. A caseback engraving on all the models features a chunky J and L logo superimposed onto a representation of the globe with lines of latitude and longitude.Alas the model which follows its styling the closest – the boutique issue platinum-cased edition, is also the rarest, with a release of just 58 pieces. It has the same face-on plainness as the 1958 model, with minimal numerals, elongated hour markers and whisker-slim minute markers.
Easier then to source either the rose gold-cased model, limited to 300 pieces or the steel Jaeger-LeCoultre copy edition, less exclusive at 800 pieces. These two editions have applied numerals at each quarter, and feature a superb cross-hairs on the lower dial.