We were already expecting an update to this piece, but Jaeger-LeCoultre has brought us more than just one update. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Memovox Polaris released back in 1968, they have brought five new offerings to this year’s SIHH 2018.
This is a basically a brand new collection with various complications in their midst, as well as finishes and materials. These 5 models consist of: a chronograph, a worldtimer, a pair of three-handed pieces and a limited edition alarm model which is a direct reference to the watch that originally inspired all these new releases, which we have in stock here.
We recall as aforementioned that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris was introduced in 1968, as the next step for the brand after their “Deep Sea Alarm” model. It was highlighted then by an innovative new case back designed to amplify the alarm sound underwater, while retaining its water-resistance. Coming equipped with a three crowns: one to set the alarm, followed by one to operate the watch functions and one at the 4 o’clock position to rotate its bi-directional internal bezel. It was quite unique and stood out from the rest and we currently have some versions of it in stock a t EiT, as you can see here.
Now these new pieces will be the testing ground to whether the appeal for this watch is completely derived from its vintage heritage or its design. But, Jaeger-LeCoultre has slightly updated the aesthetics of this watch. Its case now has short faceted lugs and a thinner bezel with a rounded twist. And those iconic crowns have been redesigned and tweaked to provide a better grip.
Let’s focus in on each edition beginning with the most accessible entry-point which we find in the: three-handed no-date editions that will come in a 41mm case made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Time is exhibited on an either a: black or blue dial with combination of a sunray, grained and opaline finishes with hour with the Arabic numerals: 3, 6, 9, 12 and hour index markers, all of which have undergone a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic” (Ref#: 9008471) is powered by as self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 898/1 with 30 jewels, 201 components and with 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on these watches can last up to 43-hours, when fully wound. Mounted to these pieces exists various options from: a rubber or leather strap, to a newly JLC engineered three-link bracelet.
Next up for those that prefer a model more reminiscent of the original you can opt for the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Date” (Ref#: 9068170). It’s basically identical to the no-date model and even powered by the same 898/1 caliber movement, except it has a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. It only differs by having a solid case back, which has allowed to up the water-resistance to 200 meters (656 feet).
Things begin to look a lot more different as we focus in on the Chronograph and Worldtimer versions of the JLC Polaris. The “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph” comes in a 42mm case available in either stainless-steel or 18k rose gold (it’s the only model with a rose gold option) both with a transparent case back that allow to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions and a setting crown in between them. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet) on this piece.
Time is exhibited on a black dial wit hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. There are two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position. While circling around near the bezel is a tachymeter scale.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
“Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph” (Ref#: 9048480 stainless steel) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 751 with 41 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 65 hours, when fully wound.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Worldtimer
As for the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Worldtimer” (Ref#: 905T480) it comes in the largest case size of the new collection at 44mm made out of titanium for a lighter weight due to its proportions and with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner working mechanical movement, as well. Equipped with two push-pieces for the settings and a crown in-between them; plus another crown at the 10 o’clock position to move the inner rotating bezel.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with hour index markers and the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. There are two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position. Near the bezel are the inner rotating disc with a 24-hour scale and the names of major cities which assists in indicating the distinct world time-zones, the red-tipped central hand will point out. Is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 752A.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox 50th Anniversary Edition
Finally we reach the most similar to the original model reintroduced in this collection, the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox 50th Anniversary Edition” (Ref#: 9038670). It come in a 42mm case made out of stainless-steel with a solid case-back for that 200 meters (656 feet) of water-resistance. Equipped with the classic three crowns on the right-side of the case. And most importantly keeps those vintage looks by preserving the sword-shaped hands and the beige SuperLumiNova coating for the numerals and hour index markers.
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox 50th Anniversary Edition” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 956, just like the original model with 23 jewels, 268 components and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 45 hours, when fully wound. This is the only limited version with 1000 manufactured pieces.
Most of these watches will only become available during April 2018, but for more up to date information on all these new watch releases visit the official Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.
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