Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr., while promoting his new movie ‘Iron Man 3,’ was seen wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre watches at the movie’s premieres around the world. Earlier this week we had covered the AMVOX5 World Chronograph worn by him at the ‘Iron Man 3’ premiere in South Korea.
For the movie’s premiere in Munich, Germany, on April 12, 2013, the actor chose to wear his Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph, which is inspired by the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea Model. The 1959 watch was the first diving watch equipped with an alarm function, reminding the diver when it was time to resurface.
To mark its roots to the vintage collection, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph comes with a traditional two-counter chronograph movement and uses a plexiglas crystal. Its hands, alarm indicators and hour-markers are coated with Superluminova in a colour similar to that of the original model. The size is perfect at 40.5mm and the movement is Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 751 chronograph. The back of the stainless steel case also bears the same engraved motif as the historical model, depicting a frogman surrounded by bubbles. The black calfskin leather strap too looks exactly like the one fitted on the original.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year and has been a leading player in watchmaking history since 1833. At a time when the Swiss horological industry was still built around home-based workshops, Antoine LeCoultre and his son, Elie, decided to unite under one roof the many forms of expertise involved in making a watch. LeCoultre & Cie thus become the first Manufacture of the Vallée de Joux. It now houses the over 180 skills required to develop and produce the most prestigious timepieces.