I'm not sure if anyone still remembers, but back in 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a set of 3 watches to celebrate 25 years of the Master Control line with sector dials - a date, a chronograph, and a geographic.
I was invited to a "Novelties" event at the then newly re-opened JLC boutique in London, and was frankly, totally smitten with the geographic, but sadly the nearly £10k asking price put it way out my reach.
I had made piece with the idea that I would never own this watch, but it's funny how things align sometimes.
Earlier this year I decided to let the Speedmaster Tintin that I'd bought new in 2016 (when the world of watch pricing was slightly less mad) go, and decided that I would put half whatever I got for it back into watches, and the other half into the bank to pay for the cost of keeping a toddler fed, watered and clothed.
A wonderful member of this forum took it off my hands, and with the help of some fantastic friends, it made it's way to the north of the island, where I am led to believe it is being thoroughly enjoyed.
At the same time, a European grey market dealer that I do some freelance copywriting/localisation for mentioned that there was a brand new, 2017 JLC Master Control Geographic Sector Dial sat in one of their partner dealers vaults, and that they could probably get a pretty decent price given that it was discontinued, and that as the dealer was no longer a JLC AD (they had been when they'd bought the watch into stock) they couldn't put it in the window.
Long story short, we did a deal (which I suspect could/would never be repeated), and I am now the very proud owner of said watch (along with the JLC 8 year warranty!).
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It ships on a 20/16mm alligator strap with a pin buckle, which I am not too keen on, and is also too short for my big wrists, so I've decided to spend the summer wearing it on a Eulit Navy Blue Panama two piece Perlon, and have a couple of customs straps inbound for the Autumn.
I continue to be entirely smitten with this watch, and now NEED to vacation in ST BARTS just to make use of the complication correctly!
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