Since the founding of Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1833, the company has had a very inventive history, developing over 1,249 mechanical calibers, registering over 400 Patents and playing a tremendous role in the development of the industry as a whole. Whether it is the keyless watch, caliber 101, or the iconic Reverso, it would be difficult to imagine a historical account of watchmaking without the mention of Jaeger-LeCoultre. The company has always been a true ‘Manufacturer’ of of the finest quality watch movements. This is unusual because more often than not, high end brands such as Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin would buy in movements for particular needs. For example, in 1967 when Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin needed an ultra-thin automatic movement, it was to Jaeger-LeCoultre they turned, to produce one for them. Furthermore, the exquisite Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 920, is still in production and in use today by both Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.
Here we have a very lightly and carefully used 1952 vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch in 9ct solid yellow gold which has been restored to the very highest standards. Therefore, as can be seen see from the photographs, this watch is in immaculate condition throughout.
This watch carries its original Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre p489/1 17 Jewels hand wound movement which has been fully overhauled and serviced and is running perfectly. The alarm function is also working perfectly with a quite a loud buzz which lasts for 15 seconds and which can also be felt on the wrist. The movement has a power reserve of 40 hours when fully wound and after having had it on test for 3 days on our electronic time-grapher machine to check the timing, it is running within +4 seconds per day when fully wound. This is outstanding for any watch of this age. It has been very well maintained and cared for and as can be seen, the movement is in sparkling condition. The watch movement is signed Jaeger-LeCoultre, Swiss and carries the calibre number P489/1 and the serial number 911,275 which dates this watch to 1952.
The Watch Case
The watch case was made by Jaeger-LeCoultre DTE who were British watch case makers for Jaeger-LeCoultre. It is for this reason the inside of the case back is marked ‘DTE’. The inside of the case back also carries 9ct Hallmarks. The case is in immaculate condition with no dings, scratches or other marks visible to the naked eye. The watch case measures 32mm in diameter, not including the original crowns.
The Watch Dial
The watch dial carries original restored, matching gilt Dauphine hands, with alternating applied arabic numerals and ‘Dagger’ hour indices. This is the original dial which been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a new, high quality lizard skin strap with a gold plated buckle. Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown burgundy and black straps in stock, in plain, padded leather, alligator, crocodile or lizard skin.
The Box and Papers
Although there are are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1952.
Our detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, with the our detailed receipt and our 12 months Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The watch also comes complete with a nice presentation box.
This is a simply wonderful vintage gold Jaeger-LeCoultre watch and we are very proud to offer this here for sale in almost as new condition. It is many more times more stylish than a modern equivalent watch and even though it is 60 years old, it is still completely fresh, reliable and practical to wear as your everyday watch, should you wish to do so. However you may wish to view it, this time-piece will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as something to treasure and enjoy. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold watches grows ever larger, the limited supply allied to high demand, means prices will inevitably climb ever higher!
This is almost certainly the best example of a solid gold vintage JLC Memovox as you are ever likely to find at this price and especially in this condition. The only reason it is so relatively inexpensive is the size, which is a little on the small size at 32mm, but if one forgets the fashion of the moment for 40mm+ watches in the race to show off who’s got the biggest Rolex, and if one doesn’t mind wearing a ‘normal’ sized vintage watch, then this is a great opportunity to acquire a vintage classic, which will appreciate in value rapidly once the current fashion is past and people begin to remember it is technically more challenging and therefore costs a great deal more, to make a small watch movement than a large one with the same functions and degree of accuracy!
So, this is a highly collectible vintage gold watch from one of horology’s most famous names which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy!
A word on our prices… We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Similarly if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.
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Please note we welcome part exchanges.
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