Jaeger-LeCoultre - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX Hong Kong Monday, May 28, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: 1952
    Movement No: 871’974
    Case No: 601'638
    Model Name: Memovox
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: P489/1
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Associated gold-plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract of Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Immediately following reference 3150, reference 3151 is among the earliest examples of Memovox models made by Jaeger-leCoultre. Launched in 1952 and in production throughout the mid 1950s, the model is defined by its thing, slightly teardrop-style lugs. It is powered by calibre P489/1, an improvement on previous cal. 489 with increased shock-resistance (“P” stands for Parachoc). The present pink gold example is a captivating opportunity to own not only a rare variation of one of the earliest alarm wristwatch models ever made, but even one of the earliest examples of this reference: as certified by the Extract from the Archives, the watch was made in 1952, the first year of production of this reference.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1833

    Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.

    In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A fine and rare pink gold alarm wristwatch

35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$24,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$32,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018