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Finer Things

Vintage Feature: 1960's Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox by Boris Pjanic

Christopher Daaboul

Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufactures, with an uninterrupted history dating back to 1833.

JLC made movements for many of the big names including Patek Philippe and presently, manufactures some of the finest timepieces—elegant and timeless. Jaeger-LeCoultre also creates some great icons of watchmaking, especially the famous Reverso, and were one of the early makers of alarm wristwatches, known as Reveil and Memovox. JLC continues to make minute repeaters and perpetual calendars among other high complications in limited quantities.

I present to you a rare, beautiful and classy timepiece that is understated and elegant; the 1960’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. While the timepiece offers a simple look, it carries the caliber 825 with a unique mechanical alarm complication. This caliber offers a winding system and a hammer based alarm which hits the inside of the case back at the point where one sees a change in color on the exterior of the caseback pictured below.

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Although this watch is nearly 50 years old, the case is not too worn and in great condition.

From the side view angle, notice how fat the case still is—a rare find in modern fast paced times like ours. A vintage timepiece such as the JLC Memovox represents some of the finest in watchmaking treasure.

The dial is just as flawless.

The watch can be acquired in Germany.  Price on request at info@watchesandart.com.

(About the author: Boris Pjanic is publisher of www.watchesandart.com . He lived and worked in the United States from 1995 - 2009. He collects and trades vintage timepieces. He currently resides in Germay where he writes for international blogs, Hublotnation, Gevrilgroup, Quillandpad, international luxury magazines like OM Magazine, and watchtime.net, the German equivalent to watchtime.com)!