We are thrilled to announce our latest coup for Australian watch lovers. The recently unveiled, Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition with stunning gradient blue dial will be landing on our shores next month. Available exclusively from Watches of Switzerland, this is a rare opportunity to own a highly desirable watch that you will not find anywhere else in the country.
There is a catch, though. With production on this model limited to just 800 pieces worldwide, the Australian market is only being allocated a precious few pieces. We will continue to do the best we can to advocate for Aussie watch connoisseurs but it’s more than likely that once these initial models are gone, that will be it. Pre-ordering is available of course on a first-come, first-served basis. So, if this is the watch for you, please act quickly to avoid disappointment as we are anticipating high demand.
If you’re not sure what all the excitement is about, allow us to provide some background. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection made its debut in 2018, becoming an overnight sensation in the process. Encompassing a full range of timepieces for the active man, the collection includes an automatic, a date and two chronographs that vary in size and complication. All share a common character inspired by a special model from the brand’s heritage: the Memovox Polaris.
The Memovox Polaris came to market in 1965. It built on the success of the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea – the first dive watch with a mechanical alarm (to remind divers to begin their ascent). Demonstrating Jaeger-LeCoultre’s technical expertise, the Polaris introduced a patented triple case back to optimise underwater sound transmission. The 1968 version, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, offered further updates and has since became a standout classic, sought after by vintage watch collectors.
This Jaeger-LeCoultre icon is instantly recognisable thanks to its distinctive, triple-tone, black dial featuring stylised Arabic numbers and trapezoidal indexes in contrasting, luminescent vanilla that made for clear legibility, a functional inner bezel, and multiple crowns. It should come as no surprise then that the storied Swiss watchmaker chose this version as the inspiration for its modern Polaris collection.
With its retro good looks and sporty design, the Polaris Date is arguably the closest embodiment of the collection’s vintage namesake. At a modern 42mm, the polished and brushed steel compressor case is a bit bigger than the 1968 version (as you would expect), but the domed crystal and the closed case back, engraved with a diving helmet, are all throwbacks to the original.
The same goes for the twin-crowns. One is used to set the time and date, while the other allows for the adjustment of the internal rotating bezel complete with diving scale. And with a water-resistance water rating of 200m, you can be confident taking this watch with you on your underwater adventures.
What sets this limited edition apart from its peers though, is its eye-catching blue dial. There is of course already a blue dial variation in the Polaris line-up, but it’s nothing quite like this. Drawing inspiration from a special Memovox Polaris II timepiece from 1970 that featured a concentric gradient blue dial, Jaeger-LeCoultre once again demonstrates why it is the master of the watchmaking arts.
The striking hand-lacquered blue dial features two different gradients and displays finishing techniques that mix opaline tones with sunray and grained surfaces. In keeping with the vintage theme, the elongated numerals, hour markers and baton hands are coated with a special vanilla luminescent finish to give that slightly aged-patina look. The result is an eye-catching watch that will turn heads wherever you go and be the envy of all your friends. Even the ones who don’t understand this all-consuming obsession.
Inside is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899/1, complete with a date complication and a power reserve of 38 hours. A manufacture movement from arguably one of the best in the business, it offers exceptional reliability and performance. Completing the look is a sporty blue rubber strap with Clous de Paris (hobnail) pattern.
Available exclusively from Watches of Switzerland in Australia, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition is sure to be in hot demand. To secure yours now, please contact us immediately to pre-order. Supply is extremely limited, and it is very unlikely we will receive a further allocation once these initial models sell out.