Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Cal. 489
The Darien Memovox is perhaps more representative of Cloister’s restoration work than of our bespoke projects. This watch was recovered from a pond after years submerged under water. Our primary objective was to restore the watch’s functionality given that it was entirely inoperable.
The watch was fully disassembled and the gold-filled case was refinished. At the same time, the movement underwent a mechanical restoration with the aim of preserving as many components as possible. The balance spring and other elements of the movement were replaced, but much was preserved.
When the exterior portion of the dial was determined the be irreparable, the choice was made to simply remove it, rather than replacing it with a period-correct dial. The alarm disc in the center of the dial was stripped and retained, allowing the movement to be seen through the period-correct acrylic crystal.
Once the mechanical and aesthetic restoration work was complete, the watch was reassembled and fitted with period-correct, original, hands and crystal, as well as a period correct leather strap and gold-filled buckle.
The result is consistent with Cloister’s goal in creating bespoke projects: The Cloister Memovox both reveals its history and showcases creative restoration.