A fine and rare stainless steel automatic diver's alarm wristwatch with center seconds, date, Guarantee and box. Number 178 of a 768 pieces limited edition

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 190.8.96
    Movement No: 3'540'223
    Case No: 2'494'585, limited edition no. 178/768
    Model Name: Memovox Tribute to Polaris
    Material: stainless steel
    Calibre: automatic, cal. 956, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: accompanied by Guarantee Certificate stamped by Singapore retailer Cortina Watch PTE LTD and dated June 20, 2009, Certificat d'origine, additional leather strap and buckle, additional crystal, instructions, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Memovox Polaris was launched in the 1960s, and it was the first diver's timepiece incorporating and alarm. (For reference please see lot 940) In 2008, Jaeger-leCoultre issued a tribute to the model in occasion of its 30th anniversary. The Memovox Tribute to Polaris is a faithful reproduction of the original including a domed non-sapphire crystal. A limited and numbered issue of 768 pieces, the present watch is number 178 of the series, and it is offered complete with presentation box, Guarantee and Certificate, but also of an additional crystal.

  • Maker Bio

    Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Swiss • 1833

    Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.



    In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

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FROM AN ASIAN COLLECTOR

Ref. 190.8.96
A fine and rare stainless steel automatic diver's alarm wristwatch with center seconds, date, Guarantee and box. Number 178 of a 768 pieces limited edition

積家,「Memovox Tribute to Polaris」型號190.8.96,精細及罕有,限量版精鋼自動上弦腕錶,配響鬧功能,限量發行768枚,編號第 178號,約2009年製。附錶盒和證書

Circa 2009
42mm diameter
case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 100,000 
€7,000-11,000
$8,200-12,800

sold for HK$87,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

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Specialist
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018