Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Alarm
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There are diver's watches, and then there are diver's watches....just as there are grail watches, and then there are grail watches.
In this rare opportunity, we are beyond delighted to be offering both at once in the form of this absolutely incredible 1968 Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Diver's Alarm watch!
Culminating in a timepiece considered by many to be the ultimate vintage diver's watch, the Polaris project was begun by Jaeger-LeCoultre in1962 after completing a limited run of early mechanical diving alarms known as the "Memovox Deep Sea Alarm". The DSA was Jaeger-LeCoultre's original answer to safely calculating dive time in the new and rapidly growing sport of SCUBA. Utilizing an automatic movement with a manually-wound alarm function that would sound off at a pre-set time, the vibration and sound would alert the diver that it was time to ascend. In the late 50s and early 60s, this was as high-tech as it came. And it is every bit as awesome a function today.
Evolving from its predecessor, the Polaris featured a "jumbo size" 42mm steel case with two piece case back designed to amplify the sound of the alarm function underwater. The Polaris also featured an internally rotating timing bezel, operated from a third crown. The Polaris was made in a limited run of 1714 examples between 1965-1970 with a few variants to the hands and dial dependent on the destination market.
Recently obtained from the private collection of a serious diving watch enthusiast, this reference E859 Polaris may very well be the finest example in existence outside of a museum. While the bulk of these timepieces were used as intended - beneath the waves - this particular example seems to have been spared the hard life, and is in breathtaking original condition. This piece features the US-Market dial which only reads "LeCoultre," arguably the most desirable and certainly the cleanest variant.
This exact Polaris was loaned to our friends at Hodinkee for a write up late last year. Be sure and check it out HERE!
We've seen a number of remaining examples beaten to hell - a charm unto its own for sure - but nothing compares to the beauty of this all-original and only very lightly patinated example.
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Alarm