A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.
42 Jaeger LeCoultre Possibly Unique, Well Preserved Memovox Alarm Wristwatch in Platinum, Reference 3161, With Silver Dial, Platinum Bracelet and Extract From Archives
Estimate: € 11,500 – 25,000
Sold € 61,100
Reference N°: 3161
Case N°: 154325
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 1613721
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
In 1950, Jaeger LeCoultre released the Memovox, also know as “Voice of memory”, name derived from the Latin words “memoria” for memory, and “vox” for voice. Considered as one of the most collectible pieces ever produced by Jaeger LeCoultre as well as one of the most rare, the Memovox reference 3161 such as the present watch has been released around 1960. The mechanical alarm is an underrated complication nowadays seen the advent of various devices with the alarms but in the past years was really useful and appreciated by many costumers. The Memovox was one of those specimens created for this purpose and equipped with two separate crowns which allowed the owner to manually wind and set the alarm and timekeeping parts of the movement separately. The present watch is anyway a really precious example since is one of the very few known fully produced in platinum. Usually these models were case mainly in stainless steel or, such as the Memovox Parking, in gold but the platinum represents a really special and rare creation. The aesthetic of this watch is absolutely stunning: the circular case in platinum with thin edges has two symmetrical crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock for the setting of time and the disc of the alarm complication. It is also equipped with a precious platinum bracelet. The outer silvered dial presents triangle and arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and are still equipped the original dauphine hands with luminous material. The inner argentè disc has nice condition, presenting applied index for setting the time and has bigger dimensions if compared to the other examples of Memovox. The present lot is also accompanied by the Extract from the archives of Jaeger LeCoultre confirming its production in 1962. Absolutely special and totally rare, this watch, besides being exceptional, is also very gorgeous.