Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox

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Manual-winding
33 MM
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SKU AS09408
Article Number 40980066
case size 33 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Champagne
material Stainless Steel
style Eccentric
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Byrd Blue Cervo leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition Great condition overall. Case demonstrates normal wear throughout consistent with age and use. Caseback shows light toolmark wear. Dial has developed light patination and oxidation.
Manual-winding
33 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09408
Article Number 40980066
case size 33 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1950s
dial color Champagne
material Stainless Steel
style Eccentric
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 16 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Byrd Blue Cervo leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition Great condition overall. Case demonstrates normal wear throughout consistent with age and use. Caseback shows light toolmark wear. Dial has developed light patination and oxidation.

Why We Love it

The first popular mechanical alarm wristwatch was the Vulcain Cricket. Upon its debut in 1947, it gained many accolades, making its way onto the wrists of numerous notable individuals — including several U.S. Presidents.

In the late 1940s, Jaeger-LeCoultre began producing its mechanical alarm watch to compete with the popular Cricket. Utilizing a unique twin-crown system and a special alarm mechanism — the Memovox employs a hammer that strikes against a post welded to the caseback, whereas the Cricket uses a resonant, dual-caseback design — JLC set itself apart and, in so doing, created one of the most iconic models of post-War watchmaking.

Jaeger-LeCoultre's earliest Memovox expressions were primarily available in Europe, while American-market models — cased in steel, two-tone, or in 14K gold in an array of dial configurations — were offered as early as 1951.

This particular LeCoultre Memovox, dating back to the 1950s, showcases the collection's unique design and functionality. Housed in a 33mm stainless steel case, it features a domed acrylic crystal and a twin-crown configuration — the 2 o’clock crown controls the alarm function, while the 4 o’clock crown adjusts the main time.

The dial, with its light champagne patina, houses applied ‘dart’ indices, printed quadrant numerals, a sword handset, and a silvered central minute track. The ‘LeCoultre’ insignia below the 12 o’clock marker suggests this model is likely a U.S. version, adding to its collectability.

Outfitted with an Analog:Shift Byrd Blue Cervo leather strap, this piece is powered by the unique Calibre 814 manual-winding movement equipped with a double barrel and an alarm hammer.

Oozing with vintage charm, this piece is not only a wristwatch, but a wrist alarm, too.

Come on in and here this watch ring!

Brand Story

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Few watchmaking concerns are as storied as Jaeger-LeCoultre. Though the maison is not technically a member of the “Holy Trinity” of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin, one could easily make the argument that it should be: After all, it was JLC that supplied movements to Patek from the beginning of the 20th century through the early 30s.

Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoutlre in Le Sentier, Switzerland, the firm became the Jaeger-LeCoultre we know today when it merged with Parisian watchmaker Edmond Jaeger’s business in 1937. The two horological concerns collaborated on numerous projects before cementing their partnership, the most important of which was no doubt the Reverso. A sport watch with a reversible case, this ingenious timepiece was designed to offer protection to the watch dial — when engaged in sport or otherwise dangerous activity, the wearer would simply flip the case over, exposing its back to the world, rather than the vulnerable crystal.

But the Reverso is far from the only significant timepiece brought to market by JLC: The firm also produced the world’s thinnest pocket watch in 1907, powered by the Caliber 145. In 1929, the maison released the Caliber 101, still today the smallest mechanical movement. (Queen Elizabeth II wore a Caliber 101-equipped wristwatch to her coronation in 1953.) And perhaps no other watchmaker is world-renowned for their production of a clock in the way that JLC is famous for the Atmos. Invented by Jean-Léon Reutter, it’s powered by miniscule changes in atmospheric pressure — Edmon Jaeger acquired the patent and licensed it beginning in 1936. The Atmos is still produced in numerous forms today, and remains the Swiss government’s foremost diplomatic gift.

From classic, near-centuries old designs like the Reverso and the Atmos to modern über-complications such as the brilliant Master Gyrotourbillon, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains on the cutting edge of horological technology nearly two centuries after its founding.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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