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Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox E855 Thoughts

  1. Nzhidajat Jul 12, 2019

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    Hi all, I'm looking to save up for a JLC Memovox. With a 6 inch wrist I am afraid the jumbo e855 model which I'm looking at might be too big. In any case I think it is beautiful. What are your Guys' thoughts on overall quality and niceness? I guess of the watch?
     
  2. wkimmd Jul 12, 2019

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    It’s a great watch. It was THE watch that got mw into vintage collecting - and now...well...that’s another story.
    37mm, and the bezel isn’t super thin so it wears true to size, in my opinion. Lugs are shaped nicely, pointed downward, so even if your wrist is on the smaller side it should work.

    There are lots of pitfalls - but there are good examples put there. Happy to chat privately if you’d like. I’ve owned 4 myself...just have two now.

    But you never know unless you try - so I suggest you find someone’s to borrow! Here are mine:
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  3. fernandezmichael Mar 10, 2021

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    Hello
    Did you sell the watch with the black dial because I think I have it in my possession can you give me an order of magnitude of its value
     
  4. vibe Mar 11, 2021

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    I had a non- jaeger version In the 90’s. It was hand wound with no date that was about 34mm, would be perfect on a 6” wrist. It was just like this. This one should probably have alpha hands. https://www.ebay.com/itm/264801696994 2D712335-21AC-4C1C-AD91-BF72EDB74EAE.png
     
  5. Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Mar 11, 2021

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    It's worth anywhere from 0 - 25% of what you paid for it, depending on condition and originality. Unless it's in your possession because you stole it.

    E855 is a great size at 37mm and thinner than you might expect for an alarm complication. The smaller versions (and more of them seem to be LeCoultre - made for the US market, are also a great watch. JLC movement quality is excellent.

    Love those funky numerals!
     
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  6. JohnRaz Mar 16, 2021

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    I love the Memovox, one of the most iconic watch of JLC (equal to the Reverso to me), when people talk about alarm watches the first to come in my mind is the Memovox with its unique design before Eterna or Vulcain Cricket. 37 mm is a perfect for a classy vintage dress watch. This is the alarm watch i go for to add in my collection.

    Look at this beauty :

    "Pure classe"

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  7. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Mar 16, 2021

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    OOOOOOOHHHH. That really is a looker.
     
  8. nkhandekar Mar 19, 2021

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    They are great watches. A perfect size and character for a vintage watch in my opinion. Here is my (but not my photo) manual wind 37mm version
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  9. MaartenF Feb 27, 2022

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    I have a small wrist too. Moreover, I like to have early versions of watches.

    I am more into military watches and the Memovox is one of the few dress watches I own. But maybe it can be justified by categorizing it as a tool watch too.

    I managed to buy the first Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox model. It has hooded, cylindrical lugs and was manufactured from 1949 till 1952. The hooded cylindrical lugs hold the watch higher on the wrist than normal, which benefits the resonance and volume of the alarm. It has dauphine style hands and an 18ct yellow gold case measuring 35mm in diameter.

    The movement is caliber 489 without shock protection (that would be 489/1).

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  10. Taddyangle Convicted Invicta Wearer Feb 27, 2022

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    What size dress watches do you normally wear?

    Here is a smaller version of the LeCoultre Memovox. Mine is currently at the watchmaker, so I can't measure, but I think it's 34mm. If you're interested let me know, as I will probably sell it once I get it back from watchmaker.

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  11. MaartenF Feb 27, 2022

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    Ideally 34-38mm.

    I am now considering a first generation Vulcain Cricket (not US imported). Would again be a rather small watch.

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