Jaeger Le Coultre Memovox (1962)

In the world of watches ‘complications’ refer to any function that a watch possesses beyond basic time keeping. This 1960s Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox has an unusual complication in that it features an alarm mechanism - you can set an alarm to ring at a certain time. What’s more this watch has an automatic winding mechanism and also shows the date, so I make that three complications packed into one wristwatch!

The two crowns are for the alarm (the upper one) and the time (lower), pulling out the upper crown allows you to rotate the inner disc and set the time for the alarm to go off. The upper crown also allows you to wind up the alarm mainspring which is separate from the one that powers the watch (if you don’t want the alarm to ring you simply don’t wind this up).

The watch is powered by the Jaegeer LeCoultre calibre 825 movement, this features automatic winding, with a bumper weight that rotates through an arc of around 270 degrees. At the end of it’s travel, the weight runs up against a little spring to stop it and this creates a very gentle sensation on the wrist.

The alarm itself is a sort of buzzing tone, created by a hammer rapidly striking a little post attached to the case back. The alarm runs for around 20 seconds if it’s fully wound but you can stop it by pulling out the alarm crown.

This is a super example of the JLC Memovox: the dial and handset are in great condition, the case is unpolished with no significant dents. The watch retains both it’s original signed crowns and most rarely of all it has the original bracelet produced by Gay Freres for Jaeger LeCoultre (a style called “horn mounted” in the original catalogue). The bracelet is extremely rare - the vast majority of memovox watches that survive have leather straps.

The watch has been fully serviced and regulated, the case and bracelet were ultrasonically cleaned and the watch is running well and ready to wear.

Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 38mm
Case material: stainless steel
strap width: 18mm
time keeping: grade A


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