Jaeger leCoultre "Navy Seal Diving Alarm"

There is no sense hiding that Jaeger leCoultre are amongst my favorites. This year instead of presenting a battery of ultra complicated and expensive pieces Jaeger have decided to go with the lover range and produce an offer that will work quite well in these times.

The "Navy Seal Memovox" is a real beauty, some even venture to call it the next Polaris. I would not be surtprised if they where right, this is a great piece! The only thing I do not understand is why this is not a regular production model. I believe Jaeger are passing on the chance to have a permanent best seller in their catalogue.

Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects about it is the incledibly thin looking face. For some magic optical effect the hands and face seen to be very close to the glass making it look quite shallow. This despite being around 12 mm think, like any diver out there. The proportions of the case are very well balanced and even if it is a large 44 mm diver it is not a huge monster. In fact, this could even be worn with long sleeve shirts. Not ideal, but possible. This "Navy Seal" is proof to 300 meters (1,000 feet) and yet the titanium case transmits the sound of the alarm as if it where an AMVOX1. The ceramic bezel works wonders apart from being a "must have" feature by now for a sports watch. It works also to accentuate the relatively shallow perception of the face. The placement of the brand and logo on the inside of the glass, so as to maintain a clean look on the face, works wonders. The classic solution would have been to place them on the turning alarm disk. This solution works better for me. There will be up to four different straps available; Articulated rubber, cordura fibber leather, titanium, moulded rubber and a diver kevlar strap as present in the box.

The list price for this Navy Seal will be 8,900 € which is surprisingly well priced considering precedents such as the Polaris (that was priced at 10,500 €). It will be limited to 1,500. Egoistically, I would have loved these to be much less, yet I expect these to be in such high demand that they might turn out to be to few. Remember that the Compressor Memovox has been discontinued and there is no diver alarm available in their entire catalogue (apart from the Polaris replica, although that would be more a collectors piece). I base my prediction on the fact that this is a product that, like the Polaris, has been demanded by the public for some time. If you need proof that just take a look here (Link here...). As you can see further down, the piece "thought" by Velociphile dates as far back as February 2005 and looks frighteningly familiar.

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8 comments:

Velociphile said...

Hi D, You are too kind....

I like it but for those pesky compressor keys. I think they are just too effeminate in look - they remind me of Cartier somehow. Unfortunately JLC are too wedded to their own IP in this area to give it up for something better. The idea to put the logo on the glass is clever though - hadn't thought of that one! And it does retain the look of the Deep Sea without becoming too Magalied up.

V

brache said...

I was an Officer in The 2eme. R.E.P.

American Navy Seals are not on the list of elite units for those of us that "know". Seals ARE NOT the SBS!

I am surprised, considering the recent American Political and Military debacles that JLC would name a watch after anything related to the U.S. military.

I and my comrades will not be buying this watch.

Johny said...

A new style with cohiba is what you need with beautiful watches like these.

Anonymous said...

Hello, im not sure why this is the case. But i have tried this watch on at to different stores and both watches JLC's logo is not on the glass, it is on the actual alarm wheel and rotates as you adjust the alarm time. i was wondering where u saw the watch with the logo on the glass, Thanks

KronosClub said...

Here are the details:

http://kronosclub.blogspot.com/2009/11/amvox2-aldao.html

Anonymous said...

Well that answers my question, thank you very much for the link. I an assuming that all 30 of these pieces are sold out by now i guess i will just have to settle for the regular version. I know that the JLC boutique in Beverly hills has the navy seals incursion limited edition in black pvd titanium with the logo also on the glass. I would like one of these but they will not work with me at all on the price of $14,000. My dealer here in cost mesa california is willing to sell me the normal version with titanium bracelet and rubber strap for $8,900. So i just cant see myself spending the extra $5,000 just to have the logo on the glass. With you experience has anyone been able to get this watch for a better price than $8,900 or should i run with this offer. Anyways thank you very much for the response.

KronosClub said...

Well, have you tried calling them? I am not certain but there are still less than a hand full left...

They did not publicize them on purpose so you might still been in time.

Tell me if they still have one and good luck!

M said...

To Brache.
Why would you use this as a venue to diss the US Navy Seals? Not an elite unit? Military debacles? Pretty mighty words coming from one who belongs to a french military organization.

As for us in the "know", the 2eme REP is little more than a pseudo-special force, even by their own admission. Perhaps equivalent to the US Army Rangers. I think your mouth must now be full of crow given the recent success of the US Navy Seals.