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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 24, 2021

LOT 74

JAEGER LECOULTRE, REF. E859, MEMOVOX POLARIS, STEEL

Fine, rare and large, stainless steel, self-winding diver’s alarm wristwatch with black dial and date.

Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre

Model Memovox Polaris

Reference E859

Year Circa 1967

Movement No. 1830223

Bracelet Rubber Tropic

Caliber K825

Dimensions 42 mm

Signature Case, dial and movement

EUR 12,000 - 18,000

USD 14,500 - 21,700 / HKD 112,000 - 168,600

Sold: EUR 22,100


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-10-01

Very good

Patinated

HANDS Original


Notes

Caseback: 6.67
The Memovox, Jaeger LeCoultre's iconic model, appeared in 1950 and is known as the most reliable alarm watch on the market. Initially manual winding, six years later it combines the alarm to a self-inding movement, which is once again a world record. The Polaris, as a direct evolution of the Memovox, is the most emblematic of the diver's wristwatches created by Jaeger LeCoultre. Approximately 1,714 of these watches were produced between 1965 and 1970.
The model is recognisable by its three crowns (time setting, inner rotating bezel and alarm setting) and its slightly thicker dome glass for better readability. The alarm reminds divers when they should return to the surface. For better visibility underwater, from 1968 onwards, the large indexes became luminescent by being painted with tritium, as is the case on our model.