Jaeger-LeCoultre, "Memovox," Calendar, Alarm, Ref. 855. Made in the 1960's with center seconds, self-winding, stainless steel wristwatch with alarm, date and 2 crowns.
Case: One-body, polished, the crown at 2 activates the central revolving alarm dial, the one at 4 is for time-setting and winding. Light hairline scuff on case and caseback, overall mint condition.
Dial: Satin silver with applied steel and black baton indexes, concentric minute track and luminous dots, aperture for the date. Luminous steel baton hands.. Some patina on dial.
Movement: Caliber K825, bumper automatic, rhodium-plated, fausses côtes decoration, 21 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Movement run strongly.
Signed Jaeger LeCoultre and made for European markets.
Diameter: 37mm Thickness: 13mm
2016 marks the 60th Anniversary of the automatic Memovox which was introduced in 1956. From 1956, JLC also produced automatic versions of the Memovox starting with the bumper cal 815 (from 1956-1966) which was a non-date & a date version as cal 825 (from 1959 to 1969).
The crown located at 2 winds the separate spring barrel for the alarm in the first position. In the second position, it sets the alarm when turned clockwise, and the date when turned counterclockwise. The lower crown winds the mainspring in the first position, and sets the time in the second position.
A beautiful example of classic watch at still an affordable price.