The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date

Not too simple, not too complicated – this Polaris might be just right.

Quick Take

Amongst the new Polaris watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, this is the model that sits right in the middle. It doesn’t have a chronograph or alarm complication, but it’s a little larger and less restrained than the time-only version. The 42mm stainless steel case houses a black dial with faux aged lume and a date window at three o’clock. It’s meant to be an everyday sports watch with old-school styling in modern proportions. Short of missing that third crown and the central Memovox disc though, this is a watch that could easily be mistaken for a vintage Polaris.

Why This Watch Matters

I’ll admit I was a little confused when I first saw that there were both time-only and time-and-date models in the new Polaris collection. Why both? Well, the answer is simple really: the three-hand Polaris Automatic is probably going to be a hit mostly with the collectors and enthusiasts. For the general population, it’s this slightly larger date-bearing model that’s going to be more popular. People generally prefer watches with date displays, and that extra millimeter in size will appeal to a lot of people too. Offering both is Jaeger acknowledging this and giving the two audiences two different options.

Initial Thoughts

The dial on this model is really incredible. While I like the bright white lume on the Automatic, the softer yellowed lume on this model gives the watch a lot of character. It’s sort of puzzling that this isn’t found on the time-only model as well (at least as an option), but differentiating the two does make a lot of sense. I particularly like the Polaris Date on the new steel bracelet, which fits nicely with the proportions of the case, though the Clous de Paris rubber strap is a close second here.

The Basics

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Polaris Date
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 13.1mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Caseback: Closed, stainless steel
Dial Color: Black, with sunray, grained, and opaline finishes
Indexes: Applied Arabic numerals and trapezoid batons
Lume: Vanilla Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 200m
Strap/Bracelet: Black rubber with Clous de Paris pattern or stainless steel bracelet

The Movement

Caliber: In-House Caliber 899/1
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 26mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 32

Pricing & Availability

Price: $7,750 (rubber strap), $8,700 (stainless steel bracelet)
Availability: April 2018, online and in-store

Source: HODINKEE

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