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Here's something you 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 in black. Lest we forget they were effectively portrayed by Charlie Sheen back in 1990.
Utilizing the in-house JLC 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. Or whatever.
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. Now that we're thinking of it, an alarm watch isn't exactly the stealthiest thing for the world's most elite frogmen. Hmm.
All of this mechanical wizardry is packaged in a large but lightweight 44mm titanium case with a unidirectional ceramic bezel with stylized "stencil" markings, which subtly evokes the military theme. The not-so-subtle (but super cool) the case back bears the SEALs crest of an eagle clutching a trident and a pistol. The dial is crisp and legible with large luminescent Arabic numerals at 12,6, and 9, patterned with the same stencil style. Red accents on the sweeping seconds hand and on the locking crown mechanism wrap up the package brilliantly, and make us feel the need to perform a HALO jump into enemy territory and take on an entire battalion with nothing more than a SOG tactical knife and a canister of NATO-issue sunscreen.
Few watch guys would argue this is one killer watch, and a great value worth much more than the sum of its parts. While we would normally choose a vintage watch - like any vintage watch - over some tarted up modern faux-luxury monstrosity, this terrifically executed JLC gets the official analog/shift seal of approval.
All kidding aside, this is modern watchmaking at its most badass, and is one of the reasons we still pay attention to the modern timepiece industry. Most of the stuff they churn out is soulless, but every once in awhile something comes along that speaks (Buzzes? Rings?) the truth.
Oh, and speaking of truth, Bill Clinton wore one. But not Charlie Sheen.
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 over all, showing normal signs of wear from light use. Dial and hands are in as-new condition. Case back shows some light marks from wear. Original hands and signed crowns.
Includes original 22mm Rubber strap with signed buckle and a selection of straps by Crown and Buckle. Also includes original inner and outer boxes, hangtags, books and guarantee paperwork.