Jaeger-LeCoultre: The Polaris Collection
This year Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic Polaris diving watch and to mark the occasion Jaeger have launched an entire collection of sports watches that feature different iterations on the Polaris theme. The Polaris Automatic is the most simple of the collection; it’s a time-only automatic watch with a 41mm case that combines a brushed and polished aesthetic to highlight the watch’s definition. The two crowns make for an interesting design feature while also serving a purpose; the second operates the inner rotating bezel, which can be used as a timer for dives. The Jaeger-LeCoultre is now considered the foundational sports watch in Jaeger’s portfolio.
While JLC have offered small limited editions of the Polaris, this watch has been dormant for the last few decades and bringing it back has been no small task. It’s one of the most cherished watches amongst vintage collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Across the collection there are five models that make up the new Polaris range. The three hand automatic, a chronograph, a chronograph world time, an automatic with date and a Memovox diver’s watch.
The Memovox is limited to just 1000 pieces and is a remake of the original Polaris Memovox introduced in 1968. The aesthetic of the Memovox includes original trapezoidal indexes, three-sector dial with large hands and crown. The dial is is available in three different finishes too. The applied markers, inner rotating bezel and the dial finishes are what give this timepiece its high value.
Unlike the original, the caseback of the new Memovox is closed with a scuba diving engraving on the back. Fittingly, it’s also water resistant to 200 metres. Housed in the watch is the Caliber 956 movement originally created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1950s.
This new Polaris collection is a new entry level price for the brand, making luxury all the more affordable across the globe.