Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
The first popular mechanical alarm watch to hit the market was the Vulcain Cricket. Coming in 1947, the Cricket was the first alarm watch to be simple and robust enough to be enjoyed on the wrist, and it gained much accolade, making its way onto numerous notable individuals including several U.S. Presidents.
In the late 1940s, Jaeger LeCoultre began producing it's own mechanical alarm watch to contend with the popular Cricket. Utilizing a unique twin-crown system (the top crown being winding and setting the alarm, the bottom winding and setting the time) and a different alarm mechanism (the Memovox employs a hammer that strikes against a post that is directly welded to the case back whereas the Cricket uses a resonant dual case back design) JLC set itself apart and in so doing, created one of the most iconic models of post-war watchmaking.
JLC's earliest expressions were largely available in Europe, with American-market models being offered as early as 1951. These models were either cased in steel, or in 14K gold and features an array of dial configurations. This example likely dates to the early 1950s and bears the hallmarks of a U.S. model, the most distinct of which the printing of 'wrist alarm' on the dial, rather than the now well-known 'Memovox' name which didn't become standard in U.S. models until the late 1950s. Another sign, inside the snap case back, is a stamp reading "Cased and Timed in the United States."
These early Memovox models were equipped with a Calibre 489 manually-winding movement, robust and energetic models that kept excellent time and offered potent alarm reporting.
Cased in a gorgeous 32mm 14K Yellow gold case with fancy lugs and a stunning two-tone dial with blue accents, this model is sure to make you smile every time you spy it on your wrist. And we'll guarantee that you'll never tire of the sound of this classic 'wrist alarm.'
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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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
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.
Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox