I’ve always been a fan of vintage quartz watches, specially from Swiss brands. Some collectors frown on them but I believe they are a very important part of watch history and some models are extremely rare and with historical importance. The JLC for example is powered by one of the first Swiss Quartz movements ever. The Cal. 352.
When CEH gathered most of the Swiss makers around the Beta21 project, Girard Perregaux decided to work on its own with additional funding from Jaeger LeCoultre. In the mid 1960's GP hired an electronics expert Georges Vuffray to develop a quartz clock and later miniaturize the technology into a wrist watch case. With help from Motorola who produced the chip, GP managed to present their prototype Elcron at the 1970 Basel Fair.
The GP movement was less complex than the Beta21 and the applied quartz frequency of 32.786Hz proved to be optimal. Until today this frequency and stepping motor technology is a World standard.
The Master Quartz series from JLC have some of the most creative designs ever from this brand. From different case shapes to beautiful unique dials this series in my opinion represent some of the best designs features from the 70’s.
This watch comes in a 39mm stainless steel case, beautiful and very rare blue dial with applied raised indexes with small lume plots at the back tip and amazing degradé style grey in between the silver indexes. The contrasting white seconds hand also stands out and gives the watch a very casual and sporty feeling. Original signed JLC crown and the original Novavit bracelet with blue inner links and signed clasp. Absolutely beautiful, original and historically important this is a fantastic piece for any collection for a very affordable price.