Gübelin IPSO VOX*** 1950's
Jaeger LeCoultre for Gübelin Ultra Rare IPSOVOX (MEMOVOX), 1950s
Serial # 838XXX / Mvt 1484XXX
Circa: 1950s

DESCRIPTION: Ultra Rare vintage 18K yellow gold Jaeger LeCoultre for GUBELIN IPSOVOX (Memovox) automatic alarm wristwatch with date

MOVEMENT: GUBELIN signed JLC Caliber 825, Self-winding ‘bumper’ movement with date and mechanical hand-wound alarm function, 17 jewels

DIAL: Silver external dial with gold applied baton indexes and ‘12’ hour applied numerals. 12 luminous hour indexes surrounding the central part of the dial as well as printed minutes/seconds indication.
Dial signed GUBELIN at 12 o’clock and GUBELIN LOGO on the central alarm indicator disc as well as the triangle indicator.
Beveled date aperture at 3 o’clock. AUTOMATIC and SWISS MADE also printed on the dial.

CASE: 37mm, 18K gold with two ‘JL’ crowns, screw down back and acrylic glass
Inside of the case-back signed with gold stamps, GUBELIN IPSOVOX and serial number.

STRAP: Brown leather strap with gold plated buckle

MANUFACTURER: Jaeger LeCoultre for Gübelin

The Jaeger LeCoultre MEMOVOX is known as the original automatic alarm watch. The first MEMOVOX was released in 1950 with the hand-wound mechanical caliber 489. The MEMOVOX name is composed of two Latin words ‘memo’ and ‘vox’ that respectively mean remember and voice.
In 1956, Jager LeCoultre released the Caliber 815 Memovox, which was the first automatic alarm wristwatch with its signature ‘bumper’ self-winding movement.
This was followed by the caliber 825, which had the additional date module and became the most iconic layout for the MEMOVOX automatic date alarm wristwatch.

Gübelin is a Swiss jeweler and watch retailer founded in Lucerne, Switzerland and its business traces back as early as 1854.
The GUBELIN IPSOVOX was identical to the MEMOVOX, however this model name was attributed to the GUBELIN watch manufactured especially by Jaeger LeCoultre, but under the GUBELIN name. The watch was given a different name to differentiate it from the Jaeger branded version. Ipsovox watches are very rare as so few were made under the Gübelin name. Watches under the Gubelin name often had model names beginning with ‘Ipso’ such as Ipso Matic and Ipso Day. Ipso loosely translates to ‘the’ or ‘by the’ in Latin. Some watches under the Gübelin name were made to commemorate Gübelin’s 100 year jubilee anniversary in 1954.