The Polerouter was designed to be a serious challenger to the Rolex Datejust and Omega Seamaster, and it continues to be just that. Model reference 20217 5.


The Polerouter was launched in 1954, and by 1956 it was fitted with the calibre 215 microrotor movement. Only the early watches got the bumper automatic featured in this watch, so this has to have been made circa 1955.


The best name in watch design is Gerald Genta. He is more famous for his work designing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, but long before this he was asked to design a watch for SAS pilots (airline, not the special forces). You can read a full history here from Worn&Wound. Like a lot of Genta designs, it was a huge success and just works. The case is a good size for the period, and was made by Huguenin Freres, the noted case makers. The main feature of the case is the twisted bombe lugs, must like the later Omega Speedmaster, but it was also designed to have some water resistance. On this example the case does have some marks, as shown on the photos, and the silver crosshair dial has some patina too. But the silver chapter ring is good, the hands are original and the crown too is the signed original. We have added a new good quality leather strap too. Finding an early, bumper movement Polerouter is not easy and the calibre 138SS movement in this is working well.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown 37.6 mm

Width without crown 35.6 mm

Between lugs 19 mm

Lug to lug length 45.6 mm

Case Thickness 10.8 mm

All sizes are approximate.

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