Jaeger-LeCoultre. A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Dive Watch with Alarm and Date
Model: Memovox Tribute to Polaris
Limited Series No. xxx/768
Cal. 956 automatic movement, matte black dial, luminous baton numerals with Arabic 6,9, and 12, luminous hands, sweep center seconds, central inner alarm indication with triangular marker, outer rotating ring with minute divisions and calibrated to 60 units, date window at 3 o’clock, circular case, three crowns in the band for , snap on back, case, dial, and movement signed
Like New Condition
Accompanied by Box, manual, expired warranty and letter from manufacture offering to replace dial.
In the early 1950’s, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Memovox – a manual winding alarm watch. A few years later in 1959, the Memovox Deep Sea was presented as a diving watch with an alarm, to remind divers that it was time to return to the surface. The model was a success for the company, and in the late 1960’s, they released the Polaris, which was also a diving watch with alarm, but used a compression case composed of three layers. An inner bronze back was to enhance the sound of the alarm, while the middle layer works as the waterproof sealed back. The outermost layer featured 16 openworked holes to prevent complete contact with a diving suit, which would muffle the sound vibrations. While the Polaris was only produced in 1714 examples, its design and technical prowess inspired later Jaeger-LeCoultre lines, and in 2008 the manufacture released a modern tribute to the model.
The Memovox Tribute to Polaris was incredibly well received for keeping in line with the vintage look and feel of the original Polaris model. The case size was kept at 42mm, and used an acrylic crystal. The compression case used the same number of pierced holes, and smaller details such as cross-hatching on the crowns were also kept.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1968 Edition was produced in a limited series of 768 examples. In order to deliver the timepieces as soon as possible, Jaeger-LeCoultre delivered the first examples with a particular dial. In the meantime, clients were provided a letter indicating this information, along with the opportunity for the client to send in their watch for the dial to be changed through the end of 2009. This would only be done at the client’s request, and while many may have opted to change their dial, this particular example is from very early in the production and retains the original dial it left the manufacture with.