Meet Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea Watch

Jan 17, 2011
The Memovox Deep Sea, the first Jaeger-LeCoultre diver’s watch, represents a milestone instrument in the history of the brand. Following the success of the re-editions of the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1965 and the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1968 unveiled in 2008, Jaeger-LeCoultre has now recreated the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea.

The 1959 model was created in two variations - one aimed at European sports fans and the other at American divers. The first Jaeger-LeCoultre diver’s watch provided an exceptional level of reliability and functionality at that early stage of underwater exploration. It became the first ever diver’s watch that boasted an alarm function. The alarm used on Memovox watches was transformed by the brand’s engineers into an acoustic signal to warn divers that it was time to progressively ascent to the surface.

The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea represents a faithful replication of the 1959 timepiece. Yet, the stainless steel case features a slightly larger size – now it measures 40.5 mm in diameter, while the original model had a 39.8 case. The case-back demonstrates the motif of the 1959 watch, with a frogman swimming in bubbles.

The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea watch has also been created in two variations, each having maintained the look of one of the historical Memovox Deep Sea. The European variation, limited to 959 pieces, demonstrates a matt black dial completed with luminescent hour-markers, while the American variation, limited to 359 pieces, stands out by its two-tone black/grey dial with an external ring featuring a scale with 5-minute graduations and signed “LeCoultre”.

The two Tribute to Deep Sea watches provide the same functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and an alarm.

The 2 o’clock crown is used for winding and setting the alarm, while the 4 o’clock crown is used for winding the movement and setting the time. The heart of both versions is Memovox Calibre 956. The 268-part automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 45-hour power reserve.

Paying tribute to the unique heritage of the brand, the watchmakers shielded the dial of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch with a Plexiglas glass, the same as that which fitted the historical models. Both versions of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea watch are 100-meter water-resistant.

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