Early Vintage Stainless Steel Jaeger-LeCoulltre Memovox cal. 814k Vintage 1950s
A quite early example of the caliber k814 manual wind Memovox by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The difference between the 814 and the k814 is that the k814 has shock protection. This example appears all original including 1 unsigned crown, 1 signed crown and original factory dial. It was common for the original buyer to have one of the signed crowns swapped out for an unsigned crown to easily distinguish which one sets and winds the time and which one sets the alarm. The unsigned crown in this case is original LeCoultre and matches the shape of the signed crown. The dial is silver showing some even patina making the outside dial cream colored while the center disk is still silver. The case finish is original and everything is well preserved. The watch measures approximately 34mm in diameter; the most classic size of a Memovox. This example is near mint with little to no wear as seen in the photos. The sharp detailed edges exist on the lugs just like when it was new; and the straight lugs like this with 18mm width are the most desirable. Recently overhauled and working as is should, this Memovox comes on a new Hadley-Roma crocodile embossed dark brown leather strap with a stainless steel buckle. Stainless vintage Memovoxs' are tough to find as most were made in gold-filled. I would consider this rare since most of them are already in the hands of collectors - don't forget, the Memovox is a cult watch, a must have in any vintage collection. What I love about these watches the most is that the alarm complication is not only useful but still a relevant. I mean, let's face it, how many people are really using a chronograph everyday? Alarms, and triple calendars in my opinion are still extremely useful on a daily basis.