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    Jaeger Memovox

    Hi,

    when do you think this Memovox was made? It seems to be in very good condition. What is an approximate value of such a watch?
    How does it sound when the alarm goes off? Is it loud?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Very-Nice-Orig...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi -

    First of all, it's a LeCoultre Memovox, meaning that it was probably made for the US market.

    Second, the date of the seller - early 1960s - isn't wrong, but there is no way to verify this simply.

    Third, according to Shugart's Complete Price Guide to Watch 2005, these have been known to sell for between $300 and $600 (page 886, 2nd from the top, right hand side). That said, the price of a watch is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay, and we cannot and will not place a value on a watch: that's not what we do (please see the sticky at the top of this forum about valuation of watches!).

    Fourth, whether something is "loud" is relative, and I can't help you there.

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi,

    thanks for the information! So there are both Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox and LeCoultre Memovox wathes. What is the difference?

    /DE

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi -

    No, at that point in time there was only one model of watch: for the US, it was labeled LeCoultre, for the rest of the world it was labeled Jaeger LeCoultre.

    The difference is that the LeCoultre was, for import dutes purposes, assembled in the US by LeCoultre. Back then import duties on finished watches were quite high, and this allowed manufacturers to maintain competitiveness.

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi again,

    is the US version less sought after and therefore less valuable?

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi -

    There are no absolute indicators of value, only relative ones, when it comes to putting a price on a watch.

    That price, of course, is what the market will bear.

    That said, there is no way to answer your question. As I have said, there is no real difference between the two - anyone please correct me if this is wrong - and any additional value that someone would place on one or the other version would be purely subjective and therefore not quantifiable.

    In other words, no.

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Thanks for all the information!

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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    JohnF -

    I'd add only two points:

    1. The movements for LeCoultre were assembled in Switzerland at JLC and are identical to Swiss-cased Jaeger-LeCoultre models, even though they are marked "unadjusted". That language was used to fool US Customs.

    2. The JLC's tend to be priced higher than the LeCoultre models today. Likely, this is more of an association with today's JLC (the logos are the same) than a reflection of any inherent differences in the watches.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Jaeger Memovox

    Hi -

    Thanks! What I meant by assembled is really casing, i.e. putting the movement into the case to make it a finished watch. Last step in the manufacturing process. The movements were indeed put together by JLC in Switzerland.

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