Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox
Automatic. Produced circa 1950s. centre-seconds, self-winding 18k yellow wristwatch. Alarm and date.
Price (2004): $2,000
Price (2014): $5,000
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The history of the company starts with Antoine LeCoultre (1803-1881), who founded a small workshop in Le Sentier following the invention of a machine to cut watch pinions from steel.
In 1844, LeCoultre invented the world's most precise measuring instrument of the era, and in 1847 invented a keyless system to rewind and set watches. In 1851, he was awarded a gold medal for his achievements at the first Universal Exhibition in London.
Jaeger-LeCoultre was formed when LeCoultre teamed up with Edmond Jaeger, who challenged Swiss watchmakers to produce the ultra-thin movements he had invented. This gave rise to a collection of thin pocket watches, which included the thinnest in the world.
1907 saw the company sign a contract with Cartier which stated that all of LeCoultre's movements would be exclusive to the jeweller for 15 years.
The company was officialy renamed Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is best known for its technological innovations, producing over 1,200 calibres and registering 400 patents.
The Memovox was first released in 1950, as a new design for the post-war boom.
The earliest Memovox watches were manually wound and feature Calibres 489 and 814 with date display. In 1956, the Memovox became the first automatic watch with an alarm function, and soon proved one of the best-selling watches for men. These later watches are equipped with Calibre 815.
One of Jaeger LeCoultre's flagship watches, the Memovox has since been released in numerous variations and editions.
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