WATCHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/jaeger-lecoultre/#watches The U.S. Navy SEALs and Jaeger-LeCoultre may not seem like natural partners. One thrives on high stakes, and the other concentrates on high horology. Both kick ass in their own way. And that might be the key to the Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Limited Edition. It's counter-intuitive at first glance and it's got a mammoth name, but it definitely kicks ass. As one of only 1,500 units produced, it's also one exclusive badass. At 46mm with a brushed titanium case and a scratch-defeating ceramic bezel, the GMT Navy SEALs gets off to a storming start. Its beefcake proportions and butch details ace the combat diver look, and the combination of a chronograph with a dual-time seems like a pretty universal combo. Those are the ultimate everyday complications whether you're a weekend warrior or the real thing. Moreover, Jaeger-LeCoultre ensures that the second time zone offers some of the advantage of a true 24-hour GMT by incorporating a day/night indicator for the reference time hand. And when the second timezone is unneeded, the user can hide it under the superimposed local time hour hand; it disappears. JLC and the Navy SEALs have collaborated on field testing of the SEALs line. Members of the elite unit have been issued pre-production prototypes in order to stress test the development units. As a consumer, the benefit is clear: a more resilient watch. The grade 5 titanium used on the Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT is the toughest available, and it's a fine complementary tone when paired with the matte black dial and matching ceramic bezel. Rubber caps protect the chronograph pushers and the central crown. Jaeger-LeCoultre's original compressor crown system remains the fastest and easiest way to open and close an extreme dive watch's controls. With a fraction of a turn, these crowns permit 1000 meters of water resistance and instant access to functions. In this instance, they are coupled to an in-house JLC chronograph featuring the latest in watchmaking technology. A column wheel, vertical clutch, free-sprung balance, 65-hour power reserve, laser-welded hairspring, SPYR-cut gear profiles, and ceramic winding rotor bearings report for duty. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs can be viewed in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.