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Watches Jewellery Jaeger-LeCoultre Revisits The Bold Spirit Of Memovox Polaris

Jaeger-LeCoultre Revisits The Bold Spirit Of Memovox Polaris

Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre
By Brian Cheong
By Brian Cheong
July 28, 2018
Fifty years after the first Memovox Polaris, the Swiss watchmaker pays homage to the model in an entirely new collection called the Polaris that includes a direct descendant of the original watch as well as a spectacular world timer.
The 1968 Memovox Polaris dive watch with alarm function (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)
The 1968 Memovox Polaris dive watch with alarm function (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)
The new Memovox Tribute to Polaris (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)
The new Memovox Tribute to Polaris (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)

It was Jaeger-LeCoultre that first introduced a dive watch with an alarm function in 1959. Called the Memovox Deep Sea, it evolved into the Memovox Polaris in the early 1960s with a vastly improved striking mechanism featuring a triple caseback construction including one with 16 openings so that the alarm could be heard clearly underwater.

The watch was remodeled in 1968 with a sportier dial with trapezoid hour markers, baton-shaped hands and a triangle to indicate the alarm time. It is this version that the 2018 Polaris collection is based on.

Distinctive for its three-crown design – the top one sets the alarm, the middle operates the rotating bezel and the bottom sets the time – the original Memovox Polaris has now been revived in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.

The Memovox Tribute to Polaris looks entirely similar to the 1968 watch except with a slimmer bezel and more streamlined lugs. Superluminova is now responsible for the luminous elements instead of tritium.

The in-house Calibre 956 is a direct descendant of the first automatic alarm movement developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1950s and represents a rare example of a movement that has been in production for 60 years but continuously updated.

Like the original, the 42mm stainless steel timepiece comes with a rubber strap and is water-resistant up to 200m.

ICYMI: The Kuala Lumpur launch of the Polaris

Polaris Geographic WT (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)
Polaris Geographic WT (Photo: Jaeger-LeCoultre)

Fit for travel

Another major highlight in the collection is the Polaris Geographic WT. Boasting 24 time zones on the flange, it also has a helpful indication in the form of a white asterisk next to cities that switch from standard to daylight saving time according to seasons. The time zone is adjustable via a crown at '10'. 

Featuring a 42mm case, it has a smoky blue dial with three sunrayed sub-dials. The calendar counter is at ‘2’, the second time zone at ‘6’ and a power reserve display at ‘10’. There is even a day/night disc that features a small sun for the daylight hours and a crescent moon for the night hours.

Powered by the automatic Calibre 936A/1, this boutique-exclusive watch is limited to 250 pieces. 

Also see: Jaeger-LeCoultre's tribute to artist Ferdinand Hodler

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