Standard vs. Premium, Topographical vs. Geopolitical. What's the deal?

Premium v. Standard Mapsets

Since 2018, the Premium mapset has the best features of our Topographical and Geopolitical maps, showing the contours of the Oceans and Geopolitical spectrum of countries. The great mountain ranges of the sea are shown along side the peaks upon the land.

A Premium mapset will show

  • Ocean topography
  • A brighter appearance with deeper colors
  • Oceanic and human geographic datapoints, like major shipwrecks, coral reefs, nuclear disasters, and spaceports.
  • These are the mapsets used in our Geochron Digital 4k.

There are three maps in every Geochron

The Geochron’s mapset has three maps spliced together in a six feet loops that winds through the clock.  

Until 2015, the Geochron had only been built around a Geopolitical map spliced together.  Now, every restoration and new clock clock has a combination mapset as shown above.  Every third day, the clock will display a topographical mapset.  

The Topographical mapset shows the earth like “view from the sky”. Indeed, the satellite imagery composited into an entire map of the world is stunning. Compared to the human view, this is the Earth of the last 10,000 years, with several dozen large cities shown for reference. The muted contours of the ocean bottom are visible too in this map.

Our premium mapsets combine the contours of the ocean with the topography or geopolitical details of the land, and are several orders of magnitude deeper in color and depth.

All maps show:

  • The precise time zone lines
  • Major longitudes: the Prime Meridian (Greenwhich)
  • Major latitudes: Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn
  • Topographical reliefs of the land.
  • A Mercator Projection

Premium mapsets vs. Earth Limited Edition

The Earth Limited Edition Geochron (25 of 25) mapset was a photographic quality mapset that actually was developed in a six foot long bathtub in a dark room after printing, and are made occasionally available by Geochron as a very limited reserve because we can’t make any more.   But our Premium mapsets are very similar, and even brighter in color and contrast.  Both the Premium and Earth Limited Edition mapsets are superior in color and detail to the Standard mapsets.

Standard mapsets were the norm

for 50 years, and were run on huge multi-color offset printers. Geochron began experimenting with newer printing technology in Limited Edition clocks. The results were fantastic, but expensive. 

Premium mapsets are a dramatic upgrade

Geochron now offers a premium mapset for all restorations and non-vinyl clocks. The premium mapset comes with an updated world map that combines the ocean topography with the land. Deep blue ocean trenches contrast with the deserts and mountains of our geopolitical map, with greater depth and color than ever before.  They are printed on dye sublimated Lexan, cured by laser lightwave, and developed in a dark room with a six foot bath.  It is the best print available for projects that are backlit by LED lights, like ours.

Premium Mapsets are available for all restorations, and new clocks with wood, steel, or stainless panels.  Premium mapsets are standard for Boardroom Geochrons.  They are not available on factory specials, or vinyl panel clocks.


An example of a Premium Mapset
An example of a Premium mapset


The picture below is a splice between a standard geopolitical map panel and a standard topographical map panel, making a combination mapset.  A Premium mapset has no splice.

Standard mapset showing a splice


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