Here is kind of an interesting fact that I have admittedly brought up before but want to say again because I think it is sort of funny… The movement inside of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time series replica watches, which is the world time version of the also newer Geophysic True Second , has just one more component than the non-world time version. No doubt, there is a good engineering reason for this, but us watch nerds like to obsess and fantasize over why this is. The in-house-made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 770 in the Geophysic True Second has 270 parts, whereas the caliber 772 in this Geophysic Universal Time has 271 parts. Why, I wonder.
In the crafting of this article, I won’t have an answer for you – other than my presumption that the world time indication’s disc can be driven off of the “normal” hour hand’s wheel by simply adding just one wheel – though I am sure that the good people at Jaeger-LeCoultre discount replica watches will honor me with an answer that is surely not as interesting as the reasons I can make up in my head. Perhaps there is a magic single “monolithic” component which adds a world time indicator disc to this otherwise fun and interesting new family of dead-beat (I mean, “True Second”) movements from our friends in Le Sentier, Switzerland.
It has taken me a while to become a fan of watches with globes on them, but the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time leather strap fake watch is one that I would proudly wear. It sort of mixes the concepts of being the right type of world traveler nerd and an important person who gets to sit in an “information room.” Well, perhaps an information room circa 1950, which is when Jaeger-LeCoultre originally released its Geophyic watches, only to have the “science-minded” collection come back in 2014. With that said, I feel that the Geophysic True Second and Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time watches really helped the revived collection hit their stride due to the inclusion of the movements.
A science/engineer-minded watch validates the entire point of a dead-beat seconds hand and helps the presence of the complication makes sense. Rather than trying to follow (and count) the ceaseless flow of a sweeping seconds hand, the power of a dead-beat seconds hand is that it stops on each individual seconds indicator marker. This makes it much easier to count the seconds, especially when you are sitting in the information (war) room counting down the happening of some important potentially country-ending event. As much as we love the elegant grace of how traditional seconds hands flow on most mechanical watches, they leave us utterly incapable of accurately counting “five, four, three, two, one…”