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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!
When it comes to vintage mechanical alarms, the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox line 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 that has in recent years attracted the attention of an ever-growing number of timepiece collectors.
The Memodate model ups the ante with the inclusion of a date function at 3:00, a wonderful addition to the classic piece that makes it all the more wearable day to day.
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.
We see Memovoxes in good original condition from time to time, but finding a Memodate is a special treat. And with the 1950s-style case with 10K gold-filled bezel and claw lugs, this example is a catch for any lover of the miracle of mechanical alarms.
Steel case with 10K gold-filled bezel is approximately 34.5mm (excluding crowns). JLC Calibre 911 Manually Winding Mechanical Alarm Movement. Late 1950s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition over all, with only a few light wear marks on the 10K gold-filled bezel consistent with age and use. Silver sunburst dial with applied Arabic numerals and markers is in excellent condition. The inner disk matches outer dial very well. Luminous plots have aged to a lovely dark cream color. Luminous material in the applied indicator triangle is similarly aged. Hands are in very good condition. Crowns bear the typical 'JL' logo. Top crown shows wear to the original finish. Alarm function works well.
Includes one green 18mm leather strap with contrast stitching and a gold-toned buckle.