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Up for sale is my 1950s Memovox, because I am chasing a Movado Triple Date.

Maker: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Memovox
Caliber: Manual wound movement 814, 17 jewels, 18,000 A/h (bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: LeCoultre 814)
Alarm: Double barrel (time and alarm), alarm hammer inside case back
Year: Circa 1953 – 1954
Material: Gold Plated
Dimensions: 33 mm diameter
Glass: Plexi
Hands: Typical LeCoultre sword hands
Lume: No
Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap with unsigned matching buckle
Box/Papers: No
Price: USD 1100

The watch is in a good state with typical wear for 60 year watch. The watch is 10 karat gold filled, but you do not see any significant spots of missing gold. Gold filling means that it was constructed by taking two thick sheets of gold and sandwiching between them a sheet of base metal. The resulting stack was rolled out under immense pressure to create cases that had the appearance of gold on both their inner and outer surfaces, but a core of, in this instance, steel. Gold fill is not gold plate and the two should not be confused.
The crowns are unsigned with JLC logo, but appear to be relevant for this model. The lugs are more worn on the back, I believe due to normal use of the watch (missing gold).
Furthermore, logo is clearly visible, so are the hour markers and the lume spots (3 are partly missing). The dial does have some imperfections, but I would rather call it nice patina.
When it comes to the movement, it is recently fully serviced by a reputable watch serviceman. He fully repaired the balance which was apparently very difficult. He said that it was not correct previously due to some shock that the watch must have experienced in the past. He also replaced the setting lever with a new one that I bought at JAEGER LECOULTRE Setting lever Cal. 814. I can send the invoice to the buyer. The serviceman gives his guarantee that it will work properly. I can confirm that it works mechanically well, keeps time and has the typical "cricket" beautiful sound and vibration. Overall, this is a beautiful example of a 1950/60s watch.

The Memovox was developed in 1949, following the development of wrist alarms by other manufacturers which since the first one in 1914 had been beset by problems. The first JLC Memovox was the manual wind caliber 489 & was available to the public from 1951. Calibel 489 was in production between 1950 & 1958. In 1953, caliber 814 was introduced as an iteration on caliber 489. Caliber 814 was produced until 1964, when it was replaced by caliber 910 (non-date) and caliber 911 (date version).

Price: USD 1100

PM me if you have any questions. It is my first item that I post on WUS. I will sell worldwide, but the seller incurs the delivery costs. I hope that the new owner will be lucky.

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