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A good watch accessory for people who purchase fine watches can be a best friend. Let's face it, you can spend thousands on a fine watch or a number of fine watches and it's nice to have some quality accessories for traveling, storage or simply keeping the watch safe and clean.
Our leather watch pouch is everything we wanted. There are a few requirements we had when thinking about offering pouches and finding an exceptional source. First, they had to be hand-crafted (hand cut, worked and stitched); second, they must be made in the USA and third, we wanted them to be high quality but simple in design.
After dozens of calls and emails, looking at samples... finally we found the craftsman capable of making what we wanted and delivering a fine product. Hand-crafted in California, these pouches are worthy of storing any fine wristwatch or pocket watch and offers a decent level of protection against shock and the elements.
To introduce these pouches, we are offering them at a special price. Since they are hand-crafted, supplies are limited. You can check them out and read more about our watch pouches by visiting our watch pouch page. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us or connect on social media.
Did you ever wonder how and when the classic three register and two pusher chronograph wrist watch we all know and love came into existence? I know I have - and if you're the type of guy that likes to know or tell the story behind your prized possessions, well let's just say this is a story you'll want to know.
It all started with Universal Geneve. Universal claims to have created the worlds first chronograph wrist watch in 1917. These chronographs were fairly simply with only one register and a single pusher. Later came chronographs with two registers counting both elapsed seconds and minutes. It was Universal's partnership with Zenith and Martel Watch Co. which gave birth, in 1934, to the three register, two pusher chronograph we still see in today's modern masterpieces. Both Universal and Zenith had access to the movements developed in partnership with movement maker Martel - the watches were marketed as "Compax" meaning having three sub-dials.
It should not be a surprise, that this development in chronograph wrist watches had significant influence on what is available today.
In some more rare examples, a few other watch companies appeared to had got their hands on this movement as well. Before the famed house of Jaeger-LeCoultre, there was Jaeger and there was LeCoultre & Cie. Although the two companies collaborated since the early 1900s, it was not until 1937 when the two officially announced their alliance and became Jaeger-LeCoultre. This magnificent chronograph represents a very short time period in which Jaeger was not yet Jaeger -LeCoultre, and the birth of the Chronograph wrist watch with two pushers (1934). A tough to find collectors piece, this chronograph, circa 1934-1936, houses a historically significant chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Martel Watch Co. and most commonly seen in the Universal Geneve or Zenith Compax of the same period. Significant because it is the first chronograph wrist watch movement with three registers and two pushers - the classic layout we all have come accustomed to. It's unknown how Jaeger got their hands on this chronograph movement, but it is likely they purchased the movements in small quantities from Universal as some are noted to carry the Universal caliber number. A beautiful, robust column wheel chronograph, this Jaeger is in excellent vintage condition, including its original solid 18k gold case which measures approximately 34MM in diameter not including the crown or pushers.
LeCoultre Memovox Wrist Alarm
The LeCoultre Momovox is rich in both character and history; making it this month's watch you want to know.
In 1950, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre released the Memovox, or the “voice of memory”. Its striking mechanism could be used as an alarm for waking up, appointments, timetables, etc. The first models were hand wound and equipped with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 489. The Memovox was an immediate success and considered both a functional status symbol of the time and an essential Men's accessory for those that could afford one.
In 1956, a Memovox featuring the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 815 became the first self-winding alarm watch in history, while shortly thereafter the company marked its 125th anniversary by releasing the Memovox Wordtime. In 1959, the Memovox Deep Sea was equipped with a specific alarm to remind divers to begin their ascension, and in 1965, the Memovox Polaris was released with a patented triple case back to optimise the transmission of sound under water.
Today, both early manual wind and automatic Memovox watches are some of the most sought after vintage watches for both collectors and watch enthusiast alike. The classic design and unique two crown winding system combined with the appeal of Jaeger-LeCoultre as one of the finest Swiss watch manufacturers makes the Memovox a watch you want to know.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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