The Memovox Polaris II by Jaeger-leCoultre – A rarity from the seventies held in high regard

The manufacture that was founded and is still housed in the Vallée de Joux has created a number of brilliant timepieces throughout the decades. Among these, the ingenious models from the Memovox collection (lat. Memoria for “Memory” and vox for “voice”) stand out. The first wristwatch with an alarm function was released by Jaeger-leCoultre in 1951 and in 1956, the manufacture led the market when they launched the Memvox Automatic – the first self-winding wristwatch in the world with an alarm function. This marked another cornerstone in the history of the successful Swiss watchmaking company.

A spectacular version of this automatic watch is the Memovox Polaris II with its typical seventies charm. This watch houses the automatic movement caliber 916 and a hand-wound alarm function. This movement features the legendary high-frequency caliber with a balance wheel that alterates 28’000 times an hour and revolutionized the entire watch industry at the time. Between 1970 and 1972 just a few more than 1000 pieces were made. This watch exists in three colour variations, of which the depicted grey version is especially rare. This particular model also displays the letters “HPG” on the dial, which stands for “High Precision Guarantee” and indicates that this is one of the few of the Polaris II watches that was exclusively made for the American market.