1955 Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Vintage Mens Wrist Alarm, 10K Gold Filled - Ford Motor Co.


Item No. 8676

Today's offering showcases this rare and very cool Ford Motor Company / Henry Ford II presentation example of an early LeCoultre Memovox. It is the rarer of the two versions.

As mid-century approached and lifestyle paces moved faster and faster, top Swiss firms needed a way to enhance the experiences of their now frequently travelling top clients and to help him better organize and govern his most precious possession - his time. In response to this need the engineers at Jaeger-LeCoultre created an alarm wristwatch in 1951.

The watches featured a fully mechanical alarm system. To pull off this difficult task, Jaeger-LeCoultre equipped these watches with significant inner alarm gearing and even an additional stem and crown, making elements of a second movement that worked seamlessly in conjunction with the normal timing portion.

This early example of an alarm was presented "For Champion Sales Management Performance - November-December 1955 - Henry Ford II." The dial has the Ford logo factory emblazoned at twelve. These were given out one time in 1955.

It is in pleasing all-original condition. The special Ford dial is untouched. It is done in a different style than any previous example we've owned. It has wide boy baton indices with a gold seconds hand with large counterweight instead of a instead of the usual version that has dart indices paired with a smaller blue steel hand.

The case does not appear to have ever been polished, and the very cool Ford emblem at the top of the dial is still fully intact.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw, serviced it, and installed a new mainspring. It is running strong and true, keeping time on par with a new watch in our testing position.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Italian calfskin 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, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, a new timing certificate, and a copy of the repair manual for this model detailing the movement parts and their operation.

  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
  • Serial no.: 982,063
  • Year sold: 1955
  • Model: Memovox; (the Apex cased version of this watch is labeled ref. 9386, so this is likely considered the same reference)
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Alarm (Reveil), Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 10K yellow gold filled
  • Case markings (outside): 10K Gold Filled S&W, For championship sales management performance Novemeber - December 1955 Henry Ford II
  • Case markings (inside): Cased and Timed in U.S.A by LeCoultre, 10K Gold Filled, 318501. There are many hand-engraved watchmaker's marks going all the way back to 1960 showing an extensive servicing history of the watch.
  • Case condition: Excellent condition with only light wear and pin prick wear through on the inside of the lugs tips
  • Dimensions: 34mm diameter (excluding crowns), 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Silver outer dial with gold wide boy baton indexes, Ford logo at twelve, silver inner revolving alarm disk, inner minute track, original, honest condition with aging. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
  • Hands: Original, gold "epees", original gold counter-weighted seconds hand
  • Movement type: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cal. 814, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring  
  • Movement markings: LeCoultre Co. Seventeen 17 Jewels, Swiss, Unadjusted, 814
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Italian calfskin, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Width between lugs: 18mm
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw, serviced it, and installed a new mainspring.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running strong and true, keeping time on par with a new watch in our testing position. 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; New timing certificate; Copy of LeCoultre repair manual for this model detailing the movement parts and their operation
  • 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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