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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases



As we’ve seen in recent years, Jaeger-LeCoultre is again taking advantage of the late-summer release lull to introduce a brand new blue-dialed limited edition that’s exclusive to North American buyers. Past releases in this tradition have included a unique blue-dialed Memovox Alarm, as well as a gorgeous blue crosshair-dialed Geophysic True Second – both of which sold out in short order, and now trade for well above their initial asking prices. This time around, 2018’s Polaris Date is getting the treatment, equipped with a lovely blue dial that exhibits multiple dégradé finishes, complemented by vanilla-colored Superluminova and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. And just like the other releases, this one is reserved for North American buyers, and is limited to only 800 pieces, which’ll certainly move quickly.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

Yes, it’s still blue, but unlike the prior late-summer North American limited editions, which had matte and sunray dial finishes, respectively, this new Polaris features a gorgeous blue and turquoise radial dégradé (French for “to degrade,” or more specifically, a fade between two colors) dial center, which contrasts a textured vertical fade around the hour markers themselves. A matte navy blue chapter ring (that doubles as a rotating bezel) encircles both, matching the navy blue integrated rubber strap, further completing the look. The hour markers themselves use a vanilla-colored Super-LumiNova – the same as what’s used on the black-dialed variant, but somehow its application here has a lot more impact, hearkening the creamy tones that might juxtapose warm sands and the cool waters of some far-flung Mediterranean beach.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

Just like the black-dialed variant, this new reference Q9068681 is a 42mm dive watch with 200 meters of water-resistance (as we’re reminded by the diver’s helmet engraved on the caseback), though I’d argue that with the push/pull crowns and the cheerful tones, this variant is best deployed as a skindiver, or vacation watch. The original Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris from 1968 was conceived as a diver’s alarm, and a genuine tool watch forged out of necessity, but that sentiment has evolved into something certainly no less capable, but altogether a little sleeker, more sculpted, and infinitely more luxurious than its humble, spartan origins. Which is to say, it’s far from a bad thing – on the contrary, having tried all four variants, I’ve found the Polaris collection, as a whole, an absolute joy on the wrist. They are thoughtfully designed, extremely well-proportioned, and beautifully finished (a particular favorite detail of mine is the sculpting on the lugs) – and I’d expect little else from this particular edition.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

You can’t see it through the solid caseback, but inside we’ve got the in-house manufactured Calibre 899 movement, which has been in service for the better part of the last decade in a wide variety of JLC’s three-handed watches. Granted, its power reserve is a little dated at only 38 hours, but it does exhibit a few other upgrades, like a free-sprung balance, a uni-directional winding mechanism, and ceramic ball bearings for the rotor – all of which have yielded a proven workhorse that’s further tested for 1000 hours in the factory before leaving in each watch. What you can see on the caseback though, is the limited edition engraving – each reference is one of 800 pieces. It’s a bit more than the 100 pieces reserved for last year’s Geophysic, but most would argue that the Polaris has a much broader appeal – Jaeger LeCoultre should have no trouble moving through these quickly. If you want one, the Polaris Date Limited Edition has a price of 8,250, and it is expected to land in North American JLC Boutiques starting on September 1st. Learn more at

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  • RJ

    the blue really pops

  • James Honour

    Date window imbalances the design and ruins it.

    • RJ

      they almost always do

  • Independent_George

    Handsome watch. The PR however, for an $8000 watch . . . I can some collectors passing just on that alone.

    Otherwise, I am assuming the usual JLC build quality.

    • Joe

      The power reserve is pitiful and the main thing that would hold me back from buying this watch.
      Big shame that in 2019 it only sports a 38h reserve.

      With the JLC movements, I agree with H.S.M. (above) that having a sapphire caseback would be nice. It could also then be adorned with a gold rotor instead of (what I assume is) Tungsten.

  • NaJo

    Absolutely beautiful..

  • PR

    I guess JLC had to join the Limited edition and faux lume bandwagon. How creative and original. The entire major brand Swiss industry has just gotten boring and repetitive now.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    A textbook example of how a non colour matched date can ruin the look of a perfectly reasonable looking watch. By all means, have a date function, just spend the extra $1.50 to run it through the same pigment used on the dial.

    • Gary Mark

      Or at least make the date wheel biege like the lume.

  • all74

    It’s nice, but for $8K I’m a little underwhelmed.

  • H.S.M.

    A really nice watch. Would have liked a shot from the movement. Or have an see through caseback option.
    The 200m water resistance is questionable with a 4 point screwed down caseback and the push/pull crowns.
    The date window makes it a bit weird. I don’t know why is it so hard to make the date window the same colour as the dial, or use a stronger complementary colour, instead a bog standard black on white. Surely it would fit into the 8K price tag without an issue.
    I love the date and date windows. I think one of the most meaningful and useful complications you can have on a watch, but so many times it can break the design of the dial. Like in this case.

    • Marius

      Agree on the date window. B&R manage to make legible colour-matched date windows on watches which cost far less than a JLC. While I’d also agree that a date is a useful complication, it is amazing how many watches are ruined by it. For me, this includes every single Rolex with a cyclops…

  • What fresh hell is this?

    I wish the date window was finished to blend into the dial but otherwise it’s a beauty.

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  • Gokart Mozart

    Lovely, pretty watch as mentioned by several people spoilt by having a date.

    The 3, 6, 9, 12 dial would look much better than even a colour matched date wheel. No date also makes the 38 hour reserve less of an issue.

    Even the strap looks good on the watch.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    I’m no Marius, but I like this JLC.

  • Lode_Runner

    This limited edition with a slightly different colored dial is kind of a desperation move for JLC. Heard from a few sources that the Polaris has been a stinker from a sales perspective, a disappointment for JLC, and the secondary market bears that out (the resale prices fall like rocks in a pond). This watch had real potential, if they had made the case 39-40mm, increased the power reserve, and spent more than 10 seconds designing the date window, they might have a total winner even at this price point. But if I wanted a large dive watch with a massive crystal that wears like a hockey puck, I’d buy a Legend Diver 42mm and pocket the remaining $5K.

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