1967 Memovox Polaris, model E859
The Memovox Polaris, of which 1714 pieces were made between 1965 and 1970, remains Jaeger-LeCoultre’s best-known diving watch. The project followed up the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea. The Manufacture’s new creation had an unusually large case for the time: 42 mm. One year after the launch of the first models, the Memovox Polaris was fitted with a new system to increase the volume of the alarm under water. A triple case back prevented the sound from being damped by the diver’s rubber suit. The back consisted of an inner case in bronze for the resonance of the alarm, a waterproof back and an outer back with 16 round openings.
Manufactured in 1967, the Memovox Polaris watch to be sold by Artcurial, model E859, is among the first models fitted with the patented Compressor triple back. It also offers an inner bidirectional rotating flange, luminescent hour-markers and hands and a date aperture. Composed of 241 parts, the self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre 825 calibre is equipped with a hammer rotor. Today’s Jaeger-LeCoultre alarm watches still use a similar alarm system.
Estimate: €15,000 – 20,000
2011 Reverso à éclipse by Zep, unique piece
This piece is personalized by Philippe Chappuis, alias Zep, creator of the cartoon character Titeuf. It was created to celebrate the Reverso’s 80th anniversary. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to a charitable association, the AMM (Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy).
A small wheel above the crown draws aside the two sides of the dial to reveal a drawing especially made by Zep: Titeuf slipping through a clockwork mechanism, a nod to Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times. This image was reproduced in miniature by an enamel craftsman of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture. Over 80 hours of intense concentration and a number of kiln firings were necessary to apply and fix the colors laid on with minuscule brushes. Encased in 18-carat pink gold, this unique watch houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre 849 Calibre, with a total thickness not exceeding 1.82 mm.
Estimate : €50,000 – 80,000
You may register to bid online at www.artcurial.com.
Public viewings of the pieces to be offered will be held as follows:
Geneva: Hôtel de la Paix, November 12-14
Paris: Hôtel Marcel Dassault, November 24 to 28.
This days I find a Jaeger -Lecoutre pocket watch that I think it is from the 1960 years. Because of the design, I min. I have no idea around the vallue on a thing like that. Can you help me on this? Thanks