Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Ref. E859 - From the Original Owner
The Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris is the most complicated way to solve a problem - and that is why we love it!
What is that problem? How do I know when I am going to run out of oxygen underwater! Decades before the Polaris, Jaeger LeCoultre has been producing its highly novel and unique alarm watch known as ‘The Memovox’. That model utilized and automatic winding in—house movement with a mechanical alarm function. At some point, this complication and design was thought to be married to a highly technical and robust diving watch that would be for the most serious of professionals. That watch, was the Polaris and its brother the Deep Sea Alarm.
Both of those watches are icons today, but The Polaris is the most interesting of the two as it married the Alarm Memovox, with the Technical SuperCompressor case and internal rotating dive bezel to create a truly innovating and unique watch sporting three crowns. The top crown controlled your inner bezel, the middle time, and the bottom the alarm. All housed under a massive plexi dome crystal. The idea being that you could use the alarm to physically (as the watch does vibrate) and visibly (as it would emit bubbles underwater) alert you when you would be running out of air on a dive.
Think about the technical prowess to build a waterproof dive watch with multiple inner rotating discs, controlled by THREE crowns, that has a resonator case back … FULL OF HOLES! Its large size has made it perfect for modern wearing and its become an icon of the JLC historical cannon. The present example actually comes from the family of the original owner, and even has a letter from them to go with it! The owner was a welder and recreational diver who used this on his dive trips off the coast of Bermuda! Remarkably it has survived in truly perfect condition with a mint dial and unpolished case. Fully serviced and ready for the next decades of adventure.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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