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Just listed a beautiful very rare Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox E859 on Ebay. Just serviced and reconditioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre with 1 year factory warranty.
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Jager LeCoultre Memovox Polaris E859 | eBay

TIMEPIECE INFORMATION:

LeCoultre Memovox Black Dial, Polaris I Ref E859, 1968
Serial: 10099734
Circa: 1968
Reference: E859


CASE: 42mm, stainless steel with three crowns, snap back case back with holes for alarm sound and acrylic glass


MOVEMENT: JLC Caliber K825, Self-winding movement with date and mechanical hand-wound alarm, 17 jewels


DIAL: Black dial with black rotating inner bezel. Central disc with MEMOVOX and triangle for alarm indicator.


LeCoultre signature at 12 o'clock (US Market only) and Automatic T SWISS T printed at 6 o'clock


STRAP: Genuine Jaeger LeCoultre Alligator w/Jaeger S.S. Tang Buckle


CONDITION REPORT:
The dial on watch is in near perfect condition with very little fading. Triangle for alarm indicator has yellowed a bit over time. Metal plate under caseback (visible through holes in caseback) has a little corrosion visible. Plexi crystal is new no scratches. The movement & case was just completely serviced and reconditioned by Jaeger LeCoultre/Switzerland in 2016. Timepiece has 1 year factory warranty from Jaeger and copy of invoice will be provided to buyer. Strap is brand new Jaeger LeCoultre Alligator strap with stainless steel tang buckle.


HISTORY:
The Jaeger LeCoultre MEMOVOX is known as the original automatic alarm watch. The first MEMOVOX was released in 1950 with the hand-wound mechanical caliber 489. The MEMOVOX name is composed of two Latin words 'memo' and 'vox' that respectively mean remember and voice.


In 1956, Jager LeCoultre released the Caliber 815 Memovox, which was the first automatic alarm wristwatch with its signature 'bumper' self-winding movement. This was followed by the caliber 825, which had the additional date module and became the most iconic layout for the MEMOVOX automatic date alarm wristwatch. These watches come signed both as "Jaeger-LeCoultre" and "LeCoultre", the latter being for the US market, and the only style of Polaris that was never remade in recent years.


Jaeger LeCoultre began testing under water alarm diving wristwatches in the 1960's. To optimise the transmission of sound under water, this Polaris diver's alarm watch has a patented triple back case. The Memovox Polaris remains a symbol of Jaeger LeCoultre mark left on the development of diving watches in the 1960's.


According to Jaeger LeCoultre, 1,714 of these Polaris watches were made, and they remain very collectible.


TIMEPIECE VIDEO:


https://youtu.be/JyTtTWJrqCQ
 
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