REFERENCE E859 MEMOVOX POLARIS A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM, CIRCA 1967
REFERENCE E859 MEMOVOX POLARIS
A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM, CIRCA 1967
Caliber: cal. K855 automatic, 17 jewels
Movement number: 1'881'845
Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back
Case number: 1'099'705
Closure: stainless steel associated pin buckle
Size: 39 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Jaeger LeCoultre Extract from the Archives confirming date of production in 1967, Service papers from December 2019, travel case with outer packaging
Case: The case and bracelet in good condition, some light scratches. Case was serviced in 2019. Crown replaced during servicing.
Dial: The dial is in good condition, hands were replaced, dial likely relumed. Crystal replaced during servicing.
Movement: Date and alarm functions operating. Movement running at the time of cataloging. Movement was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
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The Polaris was produced from 1965 until 1971 in a small series of only 1714 examples and is probably the firm’s best-known divers watch. Functionality and legibility are of paramount importance when designing a great tool watch, and divers’ timepieces consequently can be viewed as relatively austere appearance. Known amongst collectors as reference E859 it features an unusually large 42mm super-compressor case construction with 3 crowns. Unlike a traditional dive watches, the Jaeger super-compressor cases were engineered to become more water resistant as the diver submerges. The increased water pressure causes the case back’s sealing rings are increase their compression ensuring the increased water resistance of the watch, but also prolonging the lifespan of the greased O-rings. During 1962 and 1963 fifty prototypes were produced but never sold to the public. The Polaris was designed as a reliable and highly waterproof alarm watch for divers.
The present example is from 1967 and stands out by an overall good condition and is accompanied by an extract from the Jaeger Le Coultre achieves and service receipt.