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It’s certainly an anachronism but first of all is telling period with a balance and a mainspring, and second, it is part of their allure. The Memovox is a reminder that once upon a time, we may have used written agendas, recorded memoranda with a Dictaphone, composed with fountain pens and delivered messages overseas by cablegram, but there is a leisurely deliberateness about placing an alarm by hands, and waking up to its mechanical stridulations, that makes the Memovox (to paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi) a more tasteful alert, to get a more civilized age.By now you are probably familiar with our A Week On The Wrist reviews, in which we offer a thorough look at the history and technical aspects of a watch whilst also explaining what it is like to actually wear the watch. But we know you’re not only interested in modern watches, so this is the first of future per week On The Wrist testimonials appearing at vintage classics. To start things off, I required a trans-Atlantic trip together with the original automated alert opinion, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox.The mechanical alarm is a underrated complication. So out of a pure usefulness perspective, the alarm is a little behind the times. When it comes to allure though, there’s nothing like a mechanical alarm wristwatch.Alarm clocks return millennia — and that is not just hyperbole. There’s speculation that even the ancient Greeks had water clocks rigged to fall ring gongs, and trigger all manner of additional noise-making mechanisms. The alert we know now is in fact based on comparatively simple mechanics: a barrel is wrapped, preserving energy, and when a specific time is attained, that energy is discharged, turning a gear that rapidly moves a hammer back and forth from a resonating chamber, gong, or bell. Pretty straightforward, right?

  • Nearly a century before, in 1787, an identical clock was devised, but this one was made to ring at a certain time whenever wound and couldn’t be put to various times by the user. Thomas’s clock immediately became a mainstay in American homes and is the very first clock that most of us today would immediately recognize as an alarm clock.As for putting this functionality in a wristwatch, it’d be another few decades before Vulcain created the now-legendary Cricket. In 1947 the initial Cricket was published, which makes it the first wristwatch with a working alarm complication. The actual difficulty here was making the alarm loudly enough to wake up the wearer, rather than it simply being a novelty. Vulcain utilized a double caseback system to help the alert resonate without needing to add a lot of bulk. Later the Cricket line would be expanded to include alarm watches that may also function under water.Shortly after this, Jaeger-LeCoultre joined the alert complication game, providing us the Memovox.The Memovox was initially introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1950/51 with the wound Calibre 489. The two separate crowns let you manually wind and set the alarm and timekeeping parts of the motion individually. The name Memovox is a composite of 2 Latin word, Memor (remembering) and Vox (voice), meaning “the voice of recalling,” an ideal choice for an alarm watch.

  • A few years later, in 1956, the Cal. 489 was replaced with the Calibre 815, making the Memovox the very first automatically wound alert wristwatch. The alarm function on these cal. 815 Memovox is still wound independently from the remainder of the motion. Since there is no on/off switch for the alarm, it is always set if it’s wound, therefore automatic winding would signify the alarm was always set within 12 hours when the watch was running. This might be problematic for apparent reasons.Finally, we end up with the very iconic Memovox movement, the Calibre 825, which can be a cal. Modular movements can be professionally constructed or clumsily cobbled together, and the grade 825 is definitely the former. Both defining characteristics of this cal. 825 are the so-called “bumper” winding system along with also the hammer-based alarm. You can really feel both going back and forth while the watch is on your wrist, but that is charming rather than annoying.Jaeger-LeCoultre did not stop there, eventually making a full-rotor wound Memovox, modernizing the alarm mechanism, and creating lots of watches that are related. The movements, nevertheless, were all but the same, whatever the appearance.In 2010, following more than two decades of dormancy, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Memovox back in the kind of the Master Memovox. It is powered by a caliber 956 movement and clearly pays homage to the cal. There, I said it. It’s extremely wearable, speaks aesthetically to a very particular era in horological history, also has a complication you can acquire practical use from. There is a lot to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox at a well-conceived package that’s at once easy to understand and intriguing whenever you strap it at the wrist.

  • Sometimes these are even replaced with overall parts and not Jaeger-LeCoultre service parts. Service parts are clearly much less desirable as first parts, but these completely foreign elements can ruin the value of their watch altogether.There are two Memovox configurations that are always fakes, and all these are the worldtime and parking meter Memovoxes. Both are technically the same as run-of-the-mill Memovoxes but with odd dial variants. The worldtime dial has a center disk that lets you create the watch that a worldtimer when you are not utilizing the alert along with the parking meter dial lets you set the alarm specifically for timing a parking meter, using a blue “P” symbol and graduated markers around 2 hours. These were both created by Jaeger-LeCoultre but the Huge majority out there today are fake dials Intended to increase the worth of an otherwise basic watch.There is also the matter of “LeCoultre” vs.

  • Alright, now that we have my overall praise from the way, let’s take a better look at what it’s like to use the Memovox. You can use the alarm for almost any daily reminder, however, travel sounded like a great way to test a watch in this way. During a four-day trip overseas, I utilized the Memovox instead of my trusty iPhone to alert me to my dressing times, dinner appointments, and also to awake in the morning.I’m a pretty heavy sleeper, so I will confess I was skeptical going into this test. Multiple backup alarms were put, as I did not intend on missing flights or accidentally waking up at in the name of horological rigor. But just once were these back-ups needed. Two out of three mornings that the Memovox did its job exactly as intended. As it is such a clearly analog alarm noise, I think my body has been additional alert. An alarm does not necessarily have to be the loudest, it just needs to be the right sound for your occupation. Most of us are so used to the digital beeps of more contemporary solutions, therefore the Memovox really gets your attention. Whether this could dull with time, I can not say.For daytime alerts, such as letting myself know when to run from 1 place to the next or when to meet a colleague for supper, the Memovox was infinitely more pleasant than using that ever-present phone. Instead of having the alarm loudly move off, requiring me to pull my phone, turn it off, and bother everyone in the surrounding region, I had a much more personal solution at hand. The Memovox on the wrist is not anywhere near as loud as a phone, but the vibrations capture your attention set of the loud sound. Sure it will make a noticeable sound, but unless you’re in a quiet place — library, theatre, etc. — no one is going to be set off.

  • The Memovox in both hand-wound and automatic formats was a remarkably popular watch for JLC also it remains in the catalogue today; there have been hiatuses in manufacturing but complete, for the last 66 years it’s generally been accessible. The latter has gotten very expensive (a inexpensive way to pick one up is to pay $5.99 for a single hidden in a basket of broken quartz watches at a Goodwill, such as this man) but in general, vintage Memovoxes are still fairly affordable, and enjoyable, to collect.On classic models it’s often possible to observe that the point on the caseback in which a snare’s been relegated to the inside of the case; the pin carries vibrations from the alarm to the caseback, amplifying the sound.The Memovox as it exists in the present catalogue is part of the Master series (Master as in Master Control) and can be available in a single model, which can be quite dressier than not, and comes from either steel, for $10,300, or pink stone, for $22,000. It is a fine watch but as is usually the case with Jaeger-LeCoultre there’s a veritable treasure trove of designs in the background of this Memovox (JLC has nothing if not an embarrassment of wealth history to draw from, both visually and technically) and for the dial design, JLC’s return to the famous and rather rare (only about 2,000 made) “Snowdrop” Memovox, from the 1970s. The Snowdrop is a somewhat rare version of the Memovox as we mentioned when we found one in Bring A Loupe not long past. As Louis Westphalen wrote in that story, the Snowdrop utilized the grade 916, which was a full-rotor automated motion, unlike earlier versions of the Memovox. The very first automatic Memovox movement was the caliber 815, which has been a bumper-wind automatic. (Such movements have rotors which don’t swing via a complete circle; instead, at every extreme limitation of an arc, the Cable pops off a bumper spring) The Master Memovox Boutique Edition also occupies a pretty strong similarity to another blue-dialed model from 1970, with the same automatic caliber 916 that’s located in the Snowdrop.

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    Brand Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Model Master Memovox
    Chrono24-ID 4y3e38
    Code 1117
    Movement Automatic
    Case material Yellow gold
    Bracelet material Leather
    Condition 2 (fine)
    Gender Men’s watch/Unisex
    Location Germany, Köln
    Price 4,490 € (= $5,359)
    Availability Available now


    Movement Automatic


    Case material Yellow gold
    Case diameter 37 mm
    Glass Plexiglass
    Dial Champagne


    Bracelet material Leather
    Clasp Buckle



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    CW-item number: A1 1672
    Special notes: pin buckle alarm function
    Delivery: Certificate of Authenticity / 1 year warranty

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