In what is sure to be one of the highlights of 2010, First In Watches is pleased to tell you all that it is now official: Jaeger-Lecoultre is bringing back the Memovox. For those of you not familiar with the original Memovox, it has the distinct and privileged honor of being the first wristwatch with an automatic movement with alarm function (enabled by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 815), achieved in 1956. Prior to this achievement, Memovox first made its debut in 1950 (with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 489, sans alarm) and the model was maintained in production until 1968. Since this time, production of the Memovox has been, well, dormant – but make no mistake it’s possession is today highly prized!
I’ll leave the rest of the history of this watch to those more knowledgeable than I – instead let me fast forward to 2010 and what the world will soon behold! The 2010 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox is powered by a Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 956 (first introduced in 2008), a descendant of the Caliber 815, and delivering 45 hours power reserve. Available in stainless steel or rose gold case – with a very well chosen case size of 40mm – this watch will fit nicely on the wrist. The silver dial of the Memovox is punctuated by numerals marking the 6, 9 and 12 hours, while the 3 o’clock position gives way to the date. Note the inner disk of the Memovox – the signature of the watch – marked with an arrow symbol to indicate the alarm time.
The 2010 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox
Limited to 750 pieces in Stainless Steel and 250 pieces in Rose Gold (pictured)