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LeCoultre Memovox Gold Filled Ref: K825

$3,750

Pre-owned LeCoultre 38mm Memovox Gold Filled, Silver Dial, Leather Strap, Ref: K825

This special wristwatch features a fully mechanical alarm system in addition to the traditional time keeping; a second crown operates the alarm.  While that is special in itself in a vintage watch, this watch is also a self-winding movement.  At 38mm, it would have been considered a jumbo sized watch during its day.  As such, the case size matches a modern ascetic and does not appear small.  The 10K gold filled case is in very good condition, showing little wear, with the original, gold baton hands filled with luminous material.  Besides the alarm, the watch includes a date window and a fine center seconds hand.  The silver brushed dial with applied gold indexes are also in good condition and match the case.  The watch presents as an attractive, well-cared for vintage piece.

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Additional information

Band Material

Leather

Bezel

Smooth

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

LeCoultre

Caliber

K825

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

38mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Complication

Alarm, Date

Crystal Material

Acrylic

Dial Color

Silver

Movement

Automatic

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0004481
Model #K825
Model NameMemovox
Serial Number159XXXX

Description

Founded by Antoine LeCoultre in Le Sentier, Switzerland in 1833, the company became known as Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937 when Edmond Jaeger joined Antoine LeCoultre.  At the outset, LeCoultre was a man of science interested in technology and innovation. In 1844, Antoine LeCoultre invented the micron, which he used to maintain accuracy in his production to the millimeter. His watches became known for their high quality and accuracy.  Even his precision measuring tools became an industry standard.  Soon after in 1847, he invented the keyless watch.  Strange to modern ears, but there was a time when a person needed a key to wind their watch.  You can thank Antoine LeCoultre for not needing to carry an extra key.

Awards followed, but it was after his son Elie LeCoultre joined the company that they changed from a small family workshop into the company’s first manufacture in the Joux Valley.  In 1903, a watchmaker based in Paris named Edmond Jaeger challenged Swiss manufacturers to develop and produce the ultra-thin movements that he had invented.  LeCoultre accepted the challenge, which led to the thinnest pocket watch in the world in 1907.  A collaboration began when the French jeweller Cartier, who was one of Jaeger’s clients, signed a contract with Jaeger for exclusive rights to Jaeger’s movement to be used only by Cartier.  At the time, those movements were created by LeCoultre. Their joint ventures continued until they joined and officially became Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. From 1932 to approximately 1985, watches for the American market were cased in cases produced in North America and sold under the name LeCoultre by the company Vacheron-LeCoultre.  After 1985, Jaeger-LeCoultre was adopted uniformly worldwide.

One fact should remain, that Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC) is known for producing high quality, innovative watches and movements.  So much so that the highest quality watchmakers in the world purchased movements from Jaeger LeCoultre.  There is no higher accolade than the one paid by your peers.