Good design lasts forever. But great designs can lay the groundwork for a bevy of future reinterpretations—a handful of modifications here and there and you end up with a fresher take on the fundamentals. It’s no secret that this is a favorite formula of many current luxury watch brands; take a solid watch design from the past and update it for today’s audience. And when done right, like these four vintage sports watches dug up from the archives, you’ve got a winning combination of old and new.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic
In 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre debuted the now-iconic Polaris Memovox, which was a dive watch equipped with an audible alarm to signal when it was time to swim to the surface. And to mark the model’s 50th anniversary in 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre did not just re-issue one commemorative model but instead, unveiled an entirely new Polaris collection with over a dozen new sports watches inspired by the vintage alarm diver. The simplest modern reinterpretation is the Jaeg..