This is a new old stock Jaeger LeCoutre Memovox GT reference E873, dating from the early 1970s
Jaeger LeCoultre were not originally a watch company, rather they were a movement firm who sold their calibres to high end Swiss firms; prior to the 1930s almost all Pateks used JLC movements as did Cartier (who went into partnership with them) and Vacheron also used JLC movements until the 1960s. Which goes some way to explaining why JLC have always been about movements and not so much about case styling, it wasn’t until the 1970s that they began to be adventurous with their cases and this Memovox GT is a perfect example.
GT stands for Gran Turismo in motoring nomenclature, and defines a luxurious car built for long, high speed runs from Paris to the Riviera or Rome to the Amalfi Coast, as distinct from a car built solely for racing. Firms like Ferrari and Aston Martin built GT and race versions of their cars; the 250 SWB vs the 250 Lusso or the DB4 vs the BB4GT (although AM chose to make the GT the race version & the DB4 the tourer). The initials came into common use when Ford used them on the Mustang and from then on it was used on everything from vacuum cleaners to blenders, and as we can see, on watches. In this case, Jaeger say that GT in this case stands for ‘Grand Taille’, French for ‘BigCase’; I am still not sure!
The GT initials form the alarm pointer on the inner dial and are raised on the case back, also prominent on the case back is ‘Speed Beat’, JLC’s name for their new calibre 916 automatic movement which beat at 28,800 and, for the first time abandoned the bumper rotor in favour of a fully rotating one. The watch could not have come from any other time than the 1970s, the exaggerated egg shaped case, the funky outer minute marks, the touches of blue and the unusually coloured minute and hour hands all scream 1970s. Also worth noting, the watch is essentially new old stock, still on the original JLC strap and buckle.
The movement is 95+%, whilst the case & dial are also both 95+%.
Width 38.2mm; Lug-to-Lug 44.5mm; Height 12.3mm. It takes a 19mm strap and its original black reptile band and steel JLC buckle is still fitted.
£2,500.00 (approx. $3,300.00 US)