The Polaris Memovox
Jaeger-LeCoultre Brings Back an Iconic Dive Watch with an Underrated Complication
Upshot: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox is a reissue of a dive watch with a mechanical alarm complication that the brand made in 1968. Only 1,714 of the original were made, so they’re highly sought-after on the vintage market by collectors. It would only make sense, then, that the brand would try to capitalize on that history with a modern, limited-edition variant.
Who It’s For: People who want a luxury dive watch that isn’t a Rolex Submariner, or diehard watch enthusiasts who appreciate the lesser-known icons of timekeeping’s past. Vintage collectors who haven’t been able to score the rare original might also be interested, too.
First Impressions: While many watchmakers have been going all-out to reissue perfect recreations of their old watches, JLC went more for inspiration. That means that the watch receives a robust and modern-sized 42mm case, while the dial’s Arabic numerals are chunkier than the original. Still, the watch mirrors the 1968 piece thanks to an internal rotating bezel, a two-crown design and vanilla-hued Super-LumiNova that mirrors the radium lume of the original. Of course, having JLC’s Calibre 956 inside — a direct descendant of the original Memovox movement — helps keep the spirit of the 1968 model alive, too.
Insight: Jaeger-LeCoultre released several watches under the newly-instated Polaris Collection, so while we love the Memovox, it isn’t the only piece on offer. A time-only version is also available for $6,600, which is a great substitution for those intimidated by the Memovox’s limited production (just 1,000 pieces will be made) and lofty $12,600 asking price. A few chronograph versions (including a titanium world timer) are also available for individuals looking for something slightly different.
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