Jaeger-LeCoultre "Geophysic", "Submariner" and "Nautilus"

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Three very well-known names among the watch collector community: “Geophysic”, “Submariner” and “Nautilus”…

What do the three have in-common?

It all started on the 3rd of August, 1958… On that day, “Submariner” and “Nautilus” did something that later would make them meet “Geophysic”…

Once could say that “Submariner” and “Nautilus” finally got to meet a real watch..!

OK, enough pun –

The other day I showed my Jaeger-LeCoultre E 161 Mark 11 which is a military issued watch. Even if the E 168 Geophysic is not a military issued watch, there is a military connection…

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 168 Geophysic

On the 3rd of August, 1958 – the U.S. Nuclear submariner “Nautilus” were the first vessel ever to go under the ice cap from Alaska to Iceland via the geographic North Pole. A few weeks later the nuclear submariner “Skate”, the sister ship of “Nautilus” repeated this submerged voyage.

1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre article – on the cover SSN-578 “Skate”

Why is the SSN-578 “Skate” in the photo and not the SSN-571 “Nautilus”? Because “Skate” was the first submariner to surface at the North Pole.

For that achievement the T.W.O submariner Commanders William R. Anderson (“Nautilus”) and James F. Calvert (“Skate”) were gifted a yellow gold E 168 Geophysic each by a group of Geneva citizens.

Commander Calvert (left) and Commander Anderson (right), receiving the Geophysic from Admiral Warder (centre)

Yes, even if the E 168 Geophysic is not a military issued watch, there is a military connection…

Stay tuned for more fun Geophysic facts!