The large 38mm LeCoultre wristwatch showcased in today's offering is an example of one of JLC's iconic early automatic Memovox watches.
It is in very pleasing condition and fully signed JLC. The outer dial is a perfect vintage restoration. Both of the crowns are original and signed JL.
As is common with these the back show previous wrench marks from someone struggling to loosen the screwed down ring.
In vintage times, as lifestyle paces moved faster and faster, top Swiss firms needed a way to enhance the experiences of their now frequently traveling 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 equipped these watches with significant inner alarm gearing and even an additional stem and crown, making many elements of second movement that worked seamlessly in conjunction with the normal timing portion.
Not content with simply creating a wrist alarm, Jaeger-LeCoultre then produced the world's first automatic alarm model, a feat that significantly added to the mechanism's complexity.
The movement has just been cleaned and oiled, and it is running true.
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.
The 18K gold version of this same watch has been named the Steve McQueen Memovox, in reference to the fact that he wore this model as the lead character in the original "Thomas Crown Affair" movie. And Robert De Niro wore the steel version in "The Family."
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Year built: c. late 1950's to early 1960's
Functions: Time, Alarm, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Gold filled and stainless steel
Case markings (outside): 845x02
Case condition: On the wrist it presents as close to mint. The back has a few spots of pitting and as is common with these the back also shows previous wrench marks from someone struggling to loosen the screwed down ring. The back could be polished but it would require deep polishing. Alarm pin previously re-fabricated.
Dimensions: 38mm wide (excluding crowns), 43.5mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver, two-piece, solid silver inner revolving alarm insert, gold applied baton indexes, luminous hour dots, outer dial is a perfect vintage refinishing, inner dial is untouched. Original hands.
Hands: Original, gold batons filled with luminous material
Movement type: LeCoultre cal. K825, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, fausses cotes decoration, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Servicing: Yes, freshly serviced. 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.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - 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.