1951 Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Alarm Reveil Mens Watch - 18K Gold


Item No. 6719

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.

Today's offering showcases this very pleasing example of a classic and very early Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. It is fully JLC down to its hands and both winding crowns.

Its full size original 35mm 18K gold case - in between the size of a Rolex Date and a Datejust - is in excellent condition. Its egg-shell dial is still bright and attractive, previously well-restored in vintage times. And its manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre alarm movement is clean.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

Note: A published example of a similar watch can be found in Zaf Basha's book, Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Guide for the Collector, pg. 108

  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1951
  • Serial no.: 729,756
  • Model: "Memovox"
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Alarm (Reveil), Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K gold
  • Case markings (inside): 18K, stamped with correct original LeCoultre hallmark
  • Case condition: Excellent condition with signs of having been polished
  • Dimensions: 35mm wide (excluding crowns), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Egg shell, two-piece, inner revolving alarm insert, 18K gold applied dart indexes, well-restored in vintage times with light aging. Please inquire if you would like a fresh expert restoration.
  • 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, Swiss
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
  • 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 concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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