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This watch is a rarely seen gentlemans' Memovox "Worldtimer" automatic wrist alarm watch from Jaeger LeCoultre, manufactured for the USA market in 1965. It is in great overall condition with an extra large "Jumbo" size case and an amazing dial. The "Worldtimer", along with the "Parking" variant of the Memovox range hardly ever come up for sale. This is only the fifth "Worldtimer" I have managed to acquire during the 15 years years I have been selling vintage watches. This watch is likely to attract considerable interest. The large size 10 carat gold filled case presents beautifully as does the dial and the automatic bumper movement is running strongly and keeping time. The alarm is working perfectly as is the world time function. The watch is signed on the dial, case, both crowns and movement.
The "Worldtimer" was designed for "businessmen, stockbrokers, journalists and travellers". To operate the world timer function, the hour hand is aligned with the city where the time zone is the same as that in which the wearer is located. The time in other cities can be ascertained by reading the hour off the outer alarm disc that lines up with the city of interest. The alarm and world time functions operate independently of each other and cannot be operated simultaneously.
Dial: signed “LeCoultre Automatic Swiss" finished in satin champagne with hours marked by applied gold coloured batons and squares with black inserts. The centre disc, shows the different time zones. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear.
Case: 10 carat gold filled, in great condition, measuring approximately 38 mm across, excluding the signed matching crowns and 46 mm in overall length. The inside rear cover is hallmarked as 10K gold filled and signed "Le Coultre". The case shows the expected light marks from use but absolutely no signs of abuse or any blemishes of significance that I could see to point out to you.
Movement: Jaeger LeCoultre 17 jewelled manual cal. K815 automatic bumper movement running strongly and keeping time. The watch is wound and set by the lower crown and the alarm is set by the upper crown. Please see above for instructions for operating the world time function. All functions operate correctly.
Strap: fitted with an "IW" burgundy leather crocodile grain strap which attached to the watch measures approximately 220 mm from buckle tip to last hole.