In vintage times, as lifestyle paces moved faster and faster, top Swiss firms needed a way to enhance the experiences of their now frequently travelling top clients. The renowned engineers at Jaeger-LeCoultre rose to the occasion by creating the company's famed Memovox alarm wristwatch in 1951.
This special wristwatch featured a fully mechanical alarm system that its owner could use to better organize and govern his most precious possession - his time. To pull off this technological marvel, Jaeger-LeCoultre had to equip these watches with a second power winding spring, inner gearing, and even an additional stem and crown, making nearly an entire second movement that worked seamlessly in conjunction with the normal timing portion.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch showcased in today's offering is a pleasing example of one of these Memovox watches. It is a less often seen "tropical" or "hypoallergenic" version that has a solid 14K gold top paired with a stainless steel back.
All parts are Jeager-LeCoultre / LeCoultre. The only replacement part on the watch is the bottom crown which is a genuine LeCoultre replacement.
It presents in beautiful condition. Its original full size 35mm solid 14K gold case with stainless steel back - one millimeter smaller than a classic Datejust - is in just short of mint condition. Its silver dial is a nicely done vintage restoration. And its manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre alarm movement is clean.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: A published example of this model can be found in Zaf Basha's book, Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Guide for the Collector, pg. 108
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 837,852
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Alarm, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Solid 14K gold with stainless steel back
Case markings (inside): LeCoultre, Swiss, Acier Inoxydable
Case condition: Just short of mint
Dimensions: 35mm wide (excluding crowns), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver, two-piece, silver inner revolving alarm insert, steel applied dart indexes, nicely restored in vintage times
Hands: Original, gold, faceted dauphines
Movement type: Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal. 489, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance
Movement markings: Jaeger LeCoultre Fab. Suisse
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 17mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Timed: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.