Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris

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Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris

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Polaris I

Sold from 1965 and named Polaris, the model E859 was a diver's watch with internal rotating bezel, for which the watch had a third crown. The watch case was made of stainless steel had an enlarged diameter of 42 mm. This watch was offered in two editions (from 1965 and 1968) with different dials and hands. In both variants, a total of 1714 pieces were produced. The 1965 version had applied metal indices and dauphine hands, while the indices of the 1968 version were printed and featured bâton hands. An additional perforated nickel-plated brass case back with 16 holes improved the sound transmission of the alarm in the 1968 version to compensate for the sound dampening by the wrist and by water.

The case was the same as the Vulcain Cricket Nautical.

Polaris II

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As the world entered the 1970s, a second iteration of the Polaris — the JLC Memovox Polaris II (Ref. E870) — arrived. Produced for just a couple of years (1970-1972), the Polaris II was made in even smaller volume than the original Polaris — only 1120 were made. The Polaris II was a little more substantial than the first edition. It’s a beautiful representation of the direction watch design took in the ’70s. The Polaris II was also available in three different dial colour variations: blue, grey and burgundy.

The case was similar to the Zodiac SuperSeaWolf