It is a great pleasure for me to announce that JLC will soon expand their line of vintage-styled divers with the 2012 Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Ref. Q2068570) automatic diver. Just like the elegant Deep Sea Vintage model that was officially presented early this year, the new model, too, features a chronograph function. However, this one has a twist.
The twist in question is a handy “on/off” indicator on the timekeeper’s gorgeous sand-blasted dial. Placed right below the JLC logo at 12 o’clock, the gauge tactfully informs you whether the chronograph is idle, is it counting time or is it on hold (pictured.) The indicator came here directly (well, not directly, because the mechanism is new) from their good old Jaeger-LeCoultre Chronoflight series of professional dashboard chronographs that was installed on many pre-WWII airplanes and allowed to easily track elapsed flight time adjusted for the time spent on land for refilling or passengers on- or offloading and, of course, getting those precious bags of mail that were even more important those days.
Frankly, I am a little ambivalent with regards to this function on this particular timekeeper.
On one hand, it is absolutely superfluous for a diving companion: its traditional unidirectional rotating bezel is more than enough for routine time measuring. On the other, there is a good chance that 95 percent of these beautiful timekeepers will never be subjected to salty water and abrasive beach sand and may well be used by amateur pilots who will find the function useful. It is a matter of personal preferences, as usual.
According to the Swiss brand’s press release, the new Deep Sea Chronograph is powered by their new JLC Caliber 758 automatic movement. Comprising 340 parts and offering more than 65 hours of power reserve, the movement is still thin at just 6.80 millimeters allowing for a relatively slender body.
Unlike the aforementioned Deep Sea Vintage, the ref. Q2068570 model features different color scheme with the beige lume replaced with a less appealing, but a lot more contrast white Superluminova: a nice feature for a diver, which is rated for 100 meters of water resistance and is fully compliant with ISO 6425 standard.
With its diameter of 42 millimeters, the watch also grew around 1.5 millimeters larger, which makes it somehow less appealing to those who adore vintage and vintage-inspired timekeepers. However, if you are neither a purist nor a watch snob, the size maybe just good enough for an everyday timepiece.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph (Ref. Q2068570) specification
Price: $10,800 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber JLC 758, 6.80 mm thick, 340 components, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 47
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 65 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph with “on/off” indicator
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 42.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic (on the unidirectional rotating bezel)
Hour markers: Luminous (white Superluminova)
Water resistance: 100 meters (ISO 6425 compliant)
Strap: Natural black leather strap with steel pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: Solid, engraved, screw-down