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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, May 13, 2018

LOT 63

LECOULTRE, E859, MEMOVOX POLARIS, TROPICAL DIAL, 1ST GENERATION

Brand LeCoultre

Model Memovox Polaris

Reference Ref. E859

Year 1968

Bracelet Stainless steel Jaeger LeCoultre buckle

Numbers Case N. 1'132'960/1'713'793

Caliber K825

Dimensions 41 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement.

Accessories Jaeger LeCoultre extract from the archives

CHF 22,000 - 32,000

HKD 176,000 - 256,000 / USD 22,000 - 32,000

Sold: CHF 27,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-8-17-01

Good

Slightly scratched

Slightly spotted

HANDS Original


Notes

Developed for the American market and designed in a massive 42 mm.case, it featured an internal revolving bezel as well as an alarm function and a date. Equipped with the Jaeger caliber K825 that revolutionised the watch world a few years earlier as the world's first automatic alarm watch, the Polaris offered divers reliability and endurance. The first generation was fitted with a dial with applied baton indexes and dauphine hands, while the second generation of 1968-70 had a dial with large luminous indexes. The total production of the Polaris model is believed to be fewer than 1714 units, manufactured between 1965 and 1970. While the second generation is much more common, the first series appears to have been produced in much lower numbers.