Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm

Why We Love it

Yes, Vulcain was the first Manufacture to produce a wrist alarm in 1947: The Cricket.  But for the Memovox, Jaeger-LeCoultre's first alarm wristwatch, they developed a different alarm mechanism than Vulcain had used with its revolutionary Cricket: a hammer that strikes against a post that is directly welded to the case back. This was unlike the Cricket, which uses a resonant dual case back design. In so doing, JLC set itself apart, and created one of the most iconic models of post-war watchmaking.

The original Deep Sea Alarm - one of two Memovox models Jaeger-LeCoultre produced for use while diving (the other being Polaris) was rare, with only about 950 pieces being produced in its two year run. 

Existing examples that find their way on the vintage marketplace often suffer from signs of wear, particularly in the bezels. Many a collector dreams of finding one in excellent condition (if you happen to have a LOT of luck at a Goodwill, maybe), but those examples are few and far between - and are starting to get really expensive.

This example, a Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm, was produced about ten years ago in limited quantities, and perfectly couples vintage looks and a high grade in-house automatic movement (the Caliber 956). The Tribute to Deep Sea is a no-brainer for the lover of vintage-inspired modern pieces.

This particular example, one of only 359 produced for the US market, comes complete with its complete kit --including original sales receipt and spare bracelet --and is in excellent condition throughout. Unlike the original, this is a rough and ready timepiece fully ready for anything you can throw at it.

And man, just wait until you hear that alarm go off!

The Story

Much to the (pleasant) surprise of vintage watch aficionados, JLC re-released the Deep Sea Alarm in 2011. Though the proportions of the Tribute to Deep Sea might be slightly larger than the original (40.5mm in the Tribute versus 39 in the original), otherwise JLC clung closely to the look and feel of the original.

Like the original Deep Sea Alarm, the Tribute was released for the European and American markets, with the same differences in dial as the original. While 959 examples were released in the European market, only 359 were made for the American market, differentiated by its characteristic font and "tuxedo" styling.




SKU: AS02984

Stainless steel case is approximately 40.5mm (excluding crown). JLC Caliber 956 automatic alarm movement. Circa 2011.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition with minimal wear on case back. Dial is in pristine condition with no signs of use or age. Bezel is in excellent condition with crisp printing. JLC signed crowns.

Includes two 20mm JLC woven textured straps, one in never-worn condition.

Also includes inner and outer boxes, papers, and sales receipt from Las Vegas boutique.

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