Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Deep Sea

In 1959, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the first automatic diving watch equipped with an alarm: the Memovox Deep Sea.

JLC Deep Sea

Three years earlier, in 1956, Captain Jacques Cousteau had unveiled the splendours of undersea life in his famous film “The Silent World”, which caused an unprecedented craze for the new diving techniques that he had developed using air cylinders. The Memovox Deep Sea, water-resistant to 10 bar and with its alarm notifying divers of when to begin their re-ascent, was astonishingly popular.

JLC Deep Sea US

Jaeger-LeCoultre sought to pay tribute this year to their original bond with the watery depths, and so the new Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea revisits the Memovox Deep Sea—the first automatic diving watch equipped with an alarm. With identical characteristics to the original model (with the exception of the case diameter, artfully increased from 39 to 40.5 mm), this new timepiece is sure to entice collectors.

Two limited series of 959 and 359 pieces respectively will be exhibited at the “Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie”. The first version sports a black dial, while the second has a two-tone anthracite and black dial, originally developed for the US market and bearing the inscription “LeCoultre”, a historic allusion guaranteed to delight aficionados of the history of fine watchmaking.

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