1960s Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox in 14K yellow gold
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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox was first introduced in 1950/51 with the manually wound Calibre 489. The two separate crowns allowed you to manually wind and set the alarm and timekeeping separately. The name Memovox is a composite of two Latin word, Memor (remembering) and Vox (voice), meaning "the voice of remembering". In 1956, the Cal. 489 was replaced by Calibre 815, making the Memovox the first automatically wound alarm wristwatch. This was followed by the most iconic Memovox movement, the Calibre 825, which is a cal. 815 with the addition of a date module. The two defining features of the cal. 825 are the so-called "bumper" winding system and the hammer-based alarm. You can actually feel both moving back and forth while the watch is on your wrist and this is charming rather than annoying. The Memovox dial is two-tone, with a creamier outer portion and a grained, silvery disk for setting the alarm. Applied baton markers catch a little light and an applied minutes track sits on the edge of the center disk for more precise reading. The dial is curved and the minutes and seconds hands curve along with it. This is really handsome and something that you can spend a lot of time just ogling up close. The date window is at 3. Coming in at 37mm in diameter, which even by today's standards is still reasonably large. The curved lugs hold it nicely to the wrist, even with the bulbous back – this helps resonance and is a common feature on almost all alarm watches with any significant sound output. The heavily domed acrylic crystal is another feature that vintage collectors are crazy about. The Memovox I am offering here is in 14K yellow. This is relatively rare as today most of the 1960s Memovox you can find are in stainless steel. Watch is in a very mint condition with only hairline scratches on the bezel and the case. The hands, dial, case, and crowns are all original. This has been one of my favorite vintage watches and I am selling it because I have reached a stage where I have to reduce my collection substantially. From a collectors' viewpoint, this watch has 1960s’ charm without looking dated, and the attention Jaeger-LeCoultre paid to every little details makes it a watch you can continuously admire at and discover new things. And when it comes to mechanical alarms, it is difficult to do better than a vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. Furthermore, the vintage Memovox with calibre 825 is a really fantastic watch for much less money than you would have to pay for a modern JLC Master Memovox which is not all that different from what you will get in the vintage Memovox except more money you have to pay......
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