Inspired by the JLC Memovox Deep Sea collection from JLC’s attempt to enter the dive watch race in the 1950s with the first underwater alarm watch, the JLC Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph is a clever timepiece that blends vintage aesthetic with modern yet heritage-inspired mechanics. While designed with a simple and easily understood layout and case, the Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph actually features a complex movement that was itself inspired by another source; a historical on-board chronograph invented by JLC in 1930 for civil & military aviation; the Chronoflight. Featuring a chronograph that can be operated while under 100m of water, the Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph utilizes a circular aperture at 12 o’clock to indicate if the chronograph is running – a useful piece of information for any diver whose life may ultimately rely on their timepiece to work so that they can time their decompressions and work out how much oxygen they have left in their tank.
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Est. value range
$6,000 – $8,000
The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Dial is flawless, as it left the factory. Case has minor surface abrasions throughout. Band is in excellent condition with practically no signs of wear.
A wonderfully designed timepiece blending vintage aesthetics with modern horological engineering, the JLC Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph is an accurate rendition of the watches that so many service members relied on while out on active duty.