Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea

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Memovox_Tribute_to_Deep_6E0A new edition to pay tribute to the myth of the dive watches. There are watches that have written a page in history and whose memory will never fade. The Memovox Deep Sea, the first diving timepieces made by the Manufacture Jaeger LeCoultre, is undoubtedly in that small group of instruments that characterized an era. After presenting in 2008 faithful interpretations of two historic and exceptional dive watches, the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1965 and the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1968 the great Maison in the Vallée de Joux continues its journey through time and go back to the origins of ‘ diving watch proposing the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea, a reissue of the Memovox Deep Sea, 1959. The peculiarity of the original model resided in declination in two variants, one for the sportsmen of the Old Continent and the other divers of the New World. Paying tribute to a rich tradition, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre presents this year a new edition faithful, in limited series, the two Memovox Deep Sea 1959 to the great delight of collectors and lovers of Haute Horlogerie.

The rebirth of a legend

The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea consists of a faithful reproduction of the original model, done except for one detail: the dimensions of the case have been slightly increased from 39.8 to 40.5 mm to suit the needs, and wrists, of ‘contemporary man. Stainless steel, on the case back is resumed the reason depicted on the clock of 1959, consisting of a diver surrounded by bubbles. As befits any new creation that pays tribute through the years to illustrious ancestors, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea comes in two versions, each reproducing the appearance of one of the two historic variants. If the European model features a black dial studded of luminescent, his American counterpart is characterized by a yield two-tone black / gray, surrounded by an outer ring with minute scale graduated five in five and has only the signature “LeCoultre “. The two versions have the same set of functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and alarm. A crown at 2 o’clock is for the office and the alarm setting, while the crown at 4 o’clock is used for the position of the movement and the time adjustment. The two models have Memovox Calibre 956, an automatic movement that integrates the latest technological developments of the Manufacture and that has proven its reliability over the years. This descendant of the first Calibre Memovox manual winding oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides an appreciable power reserve of 45 hours. The first tool in the service of the sub In the early 50s, humanity is consecrated with fervor to the construction of a new world. Modern man is dynamic and fearless, embodies the values ​​of an era focused on the future and part to the discovery of unknown lands. Enter in his sights the heart of unexplored continents, the infinity of the cosmos and the depths of the oceans. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite. Some months before, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle had unveiled to an audience spellbound the mysteries of underwater life in the film “The World of Silence”, highly acclaimed during his presentation at Cannes. The enthusiasm of Commander Cousteau is soon shared by a growing crowd of fervent admirers, thanks to the simultaneous invention of scuba cylinder that favors the spread of this young discipline. Birth of a new kind of sport, which needs tools for the practice of his recent passion to accomplish adventurous missions on the seabed.

To answer the question of Americans lovers of the sport in full development, Jaeger-LeCoultre launches in 1959 in a daring project: the development of a diving watch. In this context, at the time, was yet to be discovered. There was no criteria that defined the standards to be met for this category of unusual timepiece and would pass almost twenty years before the rules applicable to NIHS dive watches were taken. Watchmakers and technicians of the Manufacture began work immediately and presented that same year a clock on the reliability and outstanding performance for a period in which the underwater exploration He performed his first steps. The Memovox Deep Sea was in fact the first watch in the world equipped with an alarm function. It was served all the inventiveness of the engineers of Jaeger-LeCoultre to turn the alarm on Memovox normally present in a tone intended to indicate to the sub when to begin its gradual return to the surface. In respect of an essential principle of the Manufacture, the functionality was so in the service of security. In its two versions, the new timepiece knows an amazing success, from both sides of the Atlantic. Soon exhausted, the symbol of dive watches has become a myth that only rare collectors may even contemplate. The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea is produced in two limited series: 959 specimens that reproduce the model “Jaeger-LeCoultre Classique 1959” for the European market and 359 pieces inspired by the model “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959”. The number of tens and units, 59, remembers the birth year of this legendary watch. Finally, wishing to pay tribute to one of the treasures of its assets, the watchmakers of Manufacture decided to equip the quadrant of the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea by a Plexiglas, perfectly identical to that of which were equipped with the historical patterns: It is certainly not a detail, but that fans will appreciate deeply. Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea Playing model “Jaeger-LeCoultre Classique 1959” Motion mechanical movement with automatic winding, Calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 956, manufactured, assembled and decorated by hand.

Movimento

  • 28,800 vibrations / hour • 23 jewels • 7.45 mm thick • 268 components
  • 45 hours of power reserve Functions
  • hours, minutes, central seconds and alarm Dial
  • matt black with luminescent • alarm indication via a luminescent triangle in the center

Case

  • steel • 40.5 mm diameter • Plexiglas domed • waterproof: 10 bar

Strap

  • black leather with buckle in steel

Code:

  • Q2028470, limited edition of 959 copies

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