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Mechanical alarm watches are just about the coolest thing you can strap to your wrist. Forget your electronic iPhone alarm, these things buzz and vibrate when they go off, all through the magic of mechanical watchmaking! And when it comes to vintage, the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox is quite simply the most desirable of them all. With their unmistakable twin-crown case design and two-piece dials, the Memovox is a masterpiece of design, and in recent years has attracted the attention of an ever-growing number of timepiece collectors.
Operation of the alarm function is controlled through the top crown. Winding it (as you would a manual movement), charges a spring and holds it in tension until the alarm goes off. Pulling the same crown out allows you to rotate the inner dial, and align the triangle on the inner ring to set the time you desire the alarm to activate. Totally, entirely, supremely cool!
Often sized in a small gold plated case with manually-winding movement, this particular example features the desirable Cal. 825 automatic unit housed in a "jumbo" sized steel case: a highly sought after combination! With beautiful aging across the dial and hands, this example is a home run for the vintage watch enthusiast!
For more information on vintage Memovoxes, check out Hodinkee's "Week On The Wrist" Feature HERE.
Original steel case is approximately 37mm across (excluding crowns).
Overall Condition: Case is in good condition overall and shows only light wear from age and use. Case back shows some tool and wear marks. The original dial has developed a beautiful patina with some spotting, consistent with age. Original crowns are signed 'JL' and function perfectly with no play. Manual-wind alarm functions properly with a crisp ring! Crystal has been replaced.
Includes one 18mm Crown and Buckle 'Herald' strap and two Crown and Buckle Nylon Straps.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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