Watch collectors have in common a secret desire to vintage models and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox will certainly be added to their list. To celebrate their 50 years of successful business, Jaeger-LeCoultre has come up with the Polaris Memovox, a stunning recreation of the classic Polaris watch from 1968. Even though the Polaris collection contains various models, what makes the Memovox stand out among the others is that it stays true to its original version in terms of design. And the anniversary has been beautifully engraved in the back of the watch. The markers kind of vanilla colors add to the vintage theme of the watch. This limited edition (1000 pieces) certainly is one of the best recreation of the Original Polaris with its three-finish black dial, 3 crown design along with an automatic alarm movement and rotating bezel inside.
Even though the specifications say the watch is 42 mm in diameter, it seems to be much bigger than that when you wear it on the wrist. Maybe since the bezel is not so prominent, the dial seems to appear bigger. The watch is incredibly thick adding to the bulk design. But the best thing about the Memovox is that the crowns are situated nicely so that you can easily access them. All the crowns have the JL logo engraved on top of it and every crown come with its own functions like to set the alarm, adjust the time and date along with changing the inner diving bezel.
JLC has also a modern touch to the Memovox as the 3 crowns and case have been specially made in house in the JLC workshops unlike the cases that were acquired in 1960s model. Also, the Arabic numerals were not printed like the original version, but they were applied and the dial also comes with a combination of colors including matte black and sunray finish. The Polaris Memovox comes with another interesting feature, the mechanical alarm function that can be set using a special crown situated on the top. All you need to do is wind the spring of the top crown to stop the alarm. And to set the alarm, you need to pull out the crown, change the date by turning the crown upwards and the set the alarm time by turning it upwards. Or simple you can pull the crown out and move the small triangle in anti-clockwise direction and stop at the desired time. There is also date display located in the 3rd hour.
Overall, the Polaris Memovox is truly a masterpiece and definitely one the best in the Polaris line of watches. But it is a shame that they only 1000 of these classic watches and people who get the chance to wear these vintage beauties are certainly lucky. There is not much on the downside, except for the large size and thickness of the watch.
- Diameter: 42mm
- Thickness: 15.9mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 200m
- Caliber: In-House Caliber 956
- Power Reserve: 44 hours
- Winding: Automatic
- Price: $12,600