A diver's stainless steel alarm wristwatch with box, certificate, and steel bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: E859
    Movement No: 2'005'089
    Case No: 1'116'830 further stamped 1-68 in caseback
    Model Name: Memovox Polaris
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. K825, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel, JB Champion bracelet, max. length 220mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by a fitted box, blank guarantee, product literature and an Extract from the Archives confirming the production of the watch in 1968

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long tradition in manufacturing alarm wristwatches. Their famed “Memovox” (voice of memory) model was introduced to the market in 1950. The firm continued to expand this successful line, and in 1959 introduced one of their most unique watches, the Memovox Polaris - an oversized, automatic waterproof diver’s wristwatch with alarm. The firm created a patented case back, which optimized the alarm’s sound transmission underwater. The outer case, with its 16 holes, allowed for the alarm tone to be heard, while the inner case sealed and protected the movement. The watch featured three crowns, each with a cross hatch pattern: the first for time setting, the second for the inner bezel for dive timing, and the third to rotate the inner disc with arrow to set the alarm.
    The Polaris was made in 1714 examples, and in 2009, Jaeger-LeCoultre released a modern version called "Tribute to Polaris" in recognition of the growing popularity of the original vintage model. It was intended for use in a rugged and active environment, and therefore the present lot is a rare find with its lovely overall condition. In addition to its dramatic case and charismatic dial, the watch delights with its distinctive, loud and clear alarm. A discerning collector will note the dial signature reads “LeCoultre” and not “Jaeger-LeCoultre", a simplified brand name denoting the watch was intended for the American market. Accompanied with its rarely seen original box and guarantee, it’s a superb example for the connoisseur.

  • 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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Ref. E859
A diver's stainless steel alarm wristwatch with box, certificate, and steel bracelet

1968
42mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 30,000 
€18,400-27,500
$20,600-30,900

sold for CHF25,000

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