I cannot remember a time in our 37 years in the business that we have had such a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" let alone two of them (see next listing). Both of these listings are what we call New/Old Stock or NOS. This designation means that these watches were never sold and that they remain in pristine, like new condition. This "Memovox" has a 17 jewel movement and it is housed in a yellow gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 33mm in diameter (not including the crowns) by 40mm from lug to lug. Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, and was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833. Their watches are some of the most sought after timepieces in the vintage market and there are many collectors whose attentions turn to the acquisition of a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" when a nice one appears. We just such a watch for you here, circa 1956.
The "Memovox" was first introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre circa 1950/51 employing the manually wound Calibre 489. ... The name "Memovox" is a composite of two Latin word, Memor (remembering) and Vox (voice), meaning "the voice of remembering," an apt choice for a timepiece that "remembers the time". While we are quite jaded today by all the electronic devices that will tell us the time that was not so back in the 1950's when alarm watches were quite the innovative personal possession. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to get the real feel of the beauty of this wonderful watch. You set the inner alarm dial by pulling out the crown in the two o'clock position and rotating the crown counterclockwise. You would position the triangular indicator opposite the time that you wished to have the alarm sound. You would also wind the spring that causes this effect by using this same crown. The crown that winds the timekeeping mainspring is in the 4 o'clock position and it functions like any other manual wind watch. What unusual about this watch is this fabulous rippled marker configuration and the fact that it is in the best condition that you can possibly hope for. Don't forget all of our timepieces are warrantied for one year, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.