You will find vintage-inspired watches that strive really tough to ape the expression of the historical model that they’re re-creating for a contemporary audience, and there are the ones that try rather to channel which original model’s character as a base with which to build fresh complications upon. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris Chronograph watch— among the standout models from the newly launched Polaris series, inspired by the timeless Memovox Polaris Rolex Dive Watches from 1968 — is emphatically among the weakest. I had an opportunity to use and examine the steel-cased, blue-dialed variant of the watch soon following its U.S. debut. Here’s a rundown of what it provides.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph – Blue Dial – reclining
So far as the chassis extends, Jaeger-LeCoultre has opted to re-create the shapes of this watch’s 1968 predecessor to a fair degree of historical precision, albeit in a more modern size, more lavish style of finishing, and the addition of several elements not present in the vintage piece. At 42 mm in diameter and a svelte 11.9 mm thick, the stainless steel case features predominantly satin finishing, with subtle regions of polished finishing on the beveled flanks of this curved lugs; on the thin, edged bezel; and on the surfaces of the curved rectangular pushers and small, notched crown. The pushers are pleasantly ergonomic — starting, stopping, and zeroing the stopwatch with a somewhat forceful media of a fingertip — and the crown is topped off with a tiny”JL” symbol in relief.
The Ocean Blue dial contains three different luxury finishes.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph – Blue Dial – instance flank
The sides of this situation are satin-brushed, with polished angles.
The presence of the chronograph pushers — in addition to their functional necessity, of course — is a nod to the unconventional three-crown style of the original Memovox Polaris, where one crown wound the motion and the other two were used to place, wind, and start or stop the alarm, which utilized a crown-operated inner rotating bezel flange using a 60-minute scale.
Obviously, this watch is equipped with neither an alarm nor an inner rotating flange, so this design is more an aesthetic homage than a updated form of the first technology.