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Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Memovox 144.8.94.S w/Sapphire Caseback

watch.source.namePosted by JohnRogue in forums.watchuseek.com
$5,500 $1,650 above median

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Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Memovox 144.8.94.S w/Sapphire Caseback

watch.source.namePosted by JohnRogue in forums.watchuseek.com
$5,500 $1,650 above median

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Hello everyone,
It took me about three years to find this watch. I had put so many feelers and requests into watch dealers to help me find one that I actually wound up buying two of them. Which I thought was neat for a little while but it is time to let one of them go.
The watch is keeping great time, running close to COSC specs. The alarm functions perfectly and sounds amazing. The case has very few, if any, marks. Please try to disregard all fingerprints and dust in the photos as the watch really is in mint condition. A lot of these have had the back sapphire replaced and you can tell this the original as per the two contact points, replacements have one large cap on the crystal. I will post additional photos each time I bump the post. Both crystals are clean and clear of any imperfections. The movement looks fantastic and clean, however, I don't have any service documents from the previous owner. It will come with the original blue outer box (small white sticker on the left side), the original blue inner box with pillow and liner, the manual and guarantee booklets with storage sleeve, hangtag (although it may have a secondary sales sticker on it?, the JLC logo is still clearly visible).
Downsides are that...I don't have the "papers" aka the guarantee which states the serial number, who purchased it, and where it was purchased. And, I don't have the original strap or buckle. It will come with a new Hirsch Genuine Lizard Strap in black with a stainless Hirsch pin buckle as photographed.
This Memovox model is extremely rare because it had a limited run from around 1999-2002 and retailed for just over 9K. This watch is unique because it's one of two modern black faced Memovox models and for the longest time was the only one with a clear case back to view the movement and alarm complication (JLC just released an automatic silver dial version with a sapphire case back this year, retails for just under 12k). This one is numbered 675; there were only 1164 of these black dial versions made. When this model was released, there was also a silver faced version. However that version has a closed case back. A couple of interesting facts about this watch: not only does it differ from the buzzing alarm of the other calibres that had the hammer strike the side of the of the Memovox case but also that this one, being quite special, was manufactured alongside the minute repeaters which have a similar gong design. I my opinion this manual wind original is the model to get as with the new automatic version the gong and hammer are harder to see in action. Also the older versions the hammer hits the inside of the case, not a gong leaving the sound is immensely different and less pleasing to listen too than the newer models.
Calibre JLC 914 (also used in other models) is an alarm movement from Jaeger-LeCoultre produced since 1996 and is based on its predecessors, Calibres 910 and 911, but with significant improvements. It beats at a modern 28,800 A/h rather than 19,800 A/h as in the previous models. It is upgraded with 18 jewels, one more than before. But the most significant improvement is the use of a nicer-sounding gong for the alarm function.

— Origin: Switzerland
— Model #: 144.8.94.S
— Movement: cal 914 Mechanical (manual) version of 918; 28,800 bph; 45 hr pwr reserve; 18 jewels
— Case Diameter: 36 x 10 mm thick
— Lug to Lug - 42 mm (lug width 18mm)
— Case Material: Stainless Steel
— Case Back: Sapphire (Used to be the only display back Memovox. However, JLC just released one but it is almost 12K)
— Dial Color: Black
— Water Resistant: 50M

I would like $5,500 for this watch. I will pay the shipping and insurance costs inside the Continental U.S. Thanks for looking! If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.


Estimated Private Party Value $2,848 — $6,025

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