Sneak Peek: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph stainless-steel

Sneak Peek: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph in stainless-steel

The 2019 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph comes in three colour variations:

Sand-blasted Silver – reference J007830240

Blue – reference J007830241

Toupe Gray – reference J007830242

These watches mark the introduction of Jaquet Droz’s first ever Grande Seconde monopusher Chronograph collection.

The movement — 26M5R — used is a single barrel, column wheel, self-winding mechanical movement monopusher chronograph with silicon balance spring and 18-karat red gold oscillating weight. It beats at the frequency of 3Hz (21’600 A/h) allowing for a decent 40 hour power reserve.

Dial features of silver version

The watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes, date and a chronograph on a double-level sand-blasted silver dial with silver applied ring with circular satin finish. All hands are in blued steel and the chronograph date hand has a lacquered red tip (please see our detailed review here for more info on the dial face).  

Dial features of blue version

The watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes, date and a chronograph on a double-level blue dial sand-blasted by hand with blue applied ring and circular satin-finish. All hands are rhodium treated and the chronograph date hand has a lacquered red tip

Dial features of gray version

The watch face shows the functions of hours, minutes, date and a chronograph on a double-level gray dial sand-blasted by hand with gray applied ring and circular satin-finish. All hands are rhodium treated and the chronograph date hand has a lacquered red tip.

The display case-back is engraved along the periphery with an individual serial number. The extensive Cote’s de Geneve design to the movement is another added touch of craftsmanship. 

The silver and blue versions come on a rolled-edge hand-made dark-blue alligator strap and a stainless steel folding clasp, while the gray now comes on a strap with same specs except the colour is brown. 

The water resistance is a low — 30m (3 ATM) — on this one. Technically this is fine for a dress watch, but in our opinion, it should have been at-least 50m. Presently, you can’t do much with this watch in terms of water contact: maybe one can wash their hands while wearing it without worrying about its water resistance. We wouldn’t even risk it in a slight drizzle.

Watch Ya Gonna Do About It? 

In terms of use, we would say it is a daily wearer though it would change with people’s tastes and professions. It’s definitely a good looking dress watch and the sub-dials really bring a sporty charm. Given it’s 43mm diameter in size and comes in at 14.83mm thickness, it’s not the size of a traditional dress watch but fits the design language of one. It would work very well in a formal occasion or black-tie event but is not going to fit perfectly under the cuff for that boardroom meeting. 

Given that the watches are not limited edition, they are something that Jaquet Droz fans and watch enthusiasts can check out at leisure and decide if they are right option for them.

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If you want to read our detailed review, please head here.

Alternatively you can also check out our cool Infographic on this watch here.

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To find out more about this and other Jaquet Droz watches, visit the Jaquet Droz website here.