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Why We Love It
Here's something you probably didn't expect to see here: a tactical, titanium, oversized modern alarm watch!
It is true that our preferences generally run in the opposite direction, but every so often something modern catches our attention, and in the case of this cool diver by JLC, we just couldn't turn it down.
Mainly because this isn't just any modern diver - this is a Master Control Diving Alarm, released as part of JLCs Navy SEALs collection. Now discontinued, this exotic reference pays homage to the US Navy's elite warriors - yeah, those scuba diving, parachuting, machine gunning badasses with the sexy black outfits. Never forget the hyper-realistic depiction by Charlie Sheen back in 1990.
Utilizing their in-house Calibre 956, the Diving Alarm features an automatic winding movement with a manually-wound mechanical alarm. Like their ancestral Deep Sea Alarms, the alarm function on the Navy SEALs is charged and set by means of the top crown, which operates the inner dial ring to set the time of the alarm.
The crisp ring that comes when the hands cross the set time alerts the diver that it is time to ascend. It of course works above water as well, making it perfect for determining the perfect time to execute a breaching maneuver utilizing fragmentation grenades, suppressed submachine guns and garrote wire. Or, when its time to go pick up the kids at school. You get the idea.
While many manufactures have developed mechanical alarms, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the undisputed king of the hill, and when you hear this thing go off - and you will, if you're anywhere nearby - you'll know you're hearing a JLC.
Watches like this are one of the reasons we still pay attention to the modern timepiece industry. Most of the stuff they churn out, well, is not for us; but every once in awhile something comes along that speaks (Buzzes? Rings?) the truth.
This is modern watchmaking in its most badass manifestation.
From its inception and on to the present day, Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced timepieces that are both timeless and perpetually-appealing. Though their quality is often dramatically underrated, JLC's present-day pieces sing to us in the same soft, alluring timbre as their vintage offerings. With understated elegance, they exude an appeal that even the most steadfast of vintage collectors can't resist.
We love JLC in part because they are a true manufacture, producing a wide range of in-house movements. With a cadre of truly iconic pieces - among them the Reverso, the Deep Sea Alarm, the Memovox, the Geophysic (both the 1958 original and the 2014 reissue), and the Mark XI, to name a few - JLC has managed to encompass both technical and aesthetic brilliance.
Titanium case is approximately 44mm (excluding the crown). JLC Reference Q183T770. Calibre 965 Automatic Winding Movement with Manually-Wound Mechanical Alarm Function.
Overall Condition: Case is in great condition overall, showing normal signs of wear from light use. Luminous black dial and hands are in as-new condition. Case back shows some light marks from wear. Twin signed locking crowns.
Includes original 22mm Rubber strap with signed pin buckle. Also includes original inner and outer boxes, hangtags, books and guarantee paperwork.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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