Launched in 1950, the Memovox was fake Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first alarm watch, and it is one of my all-time favorites because it is so full of history. It’s a ticking testimony to the creativity and diversity of the horological industry in the second half of the twentieth century. While today alarm watches are rare and, in my opinion, underrated, back then they represented the latest in watch technology, comparable to the introduction of the smartwatch today.
The Memovox’s ability to remind you of an appointment and wake you up in the morning made it the picture-perfect accessory for an era characterized by a booming economy and increased international business relations.
It was practically a must-have for the movers-and-shakers working in the corner offices of towering skyscrapers in the world’s capitals. Over time, steel bracelet replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox also transformed the into a sporty diver’s model.
In 1959 the Memovox took to the waters as the first diver’s watch with an alarm function: it was able to remind its wearer acoustically when to resurface.
The Memovox Deep Sea paved the way for other cutting-edge divers, among them the 1968 Memovox Polaris. This offspring featured an increased water-resistance of 200 meters, a new case back design that improved the sound quality and volume under water, and, most notably, an internal rotating bezel operated by two pushers on the right side of the case that lent the watch its unmistakable look.
Unfortunately, the Memovox Deep Sea was only produced for a short time. In the wake of the retro wave that kicked in during the early 2000s, and to celebrate its 175th anniversary, fake Jaeger-LeCoultre issued a limited edition remake, the Memovox Tribute to Polaris.
A decade later, in 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre again put its finger on the zeitgeist by launching the Polaris collection, a modern take that combined the athletic genes of the Polaris with a dressy look.
Polaris was one of the pioneering collections in a new trend focusing on luxury sports watches fitted with manufacture calibers in robust yet elegant stainless steel cases and featuring useful complications. The Polaris line presently offers a chronograph, a worldtimer, and an alarm watch.
In 2020, the Polaris collection was enriched by the cheap copy Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox, which is a tried-and-tested diver’s watch complying with the ISO 6425 norm for diver’s watches.
The stainless steel case of the Polaris Mariner Memovox has a comfortable diameter of 42 mm and, despite the increased water resistance of 300 meters, a sapphire crystal case back. The latter reveals the manufacture’s automatic Caliber 956, which is a direct successor to the brand’s first automatic alarm movement. Thanks to a skeletonized rotor, the striking mechanism of the tiny hammer is on full view.
The dial is a real pleasure, featuring an intense blue gradient dial with the collection’s characteristic refinements, including a center decorated with brushed sunray finish, an hour and minute section adorned with a fine grained finish, and an inner bezel highlighted by an intense glossy finish.
For maximum legibility, all hands, markers, and numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova: the crucial alarm time is tipped with a vibrant orange lume, while the sweep second hand, markers, and hour hand glow with blue lume.
42 MM Fake Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox
Case: 42 x 15.63 mm, stainless steel, crown-adjusted diving bezel
Movement: automatic Caliber 956AA, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 70-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, alarm
Remarks: exceeds ISO 6425 diver norms (tested to under 125 percent of the rated water pressure); up to eight-year warranty with Jaeger-LeCoultre Care Program