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Box Play part: Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox E 861

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Before we move deeper into the Funky 70’s, I would like to go back to what I consider to be the very first Funky 70’s Memovox from Jaeger-LeCoultre, the E 861. 


 Presented at the 1968 Watch and Jewellery fair in Genève:




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  Here the E 861 looks a bit odd since focus for the fair was more on ladies’ watches and jewelleries.



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 Inside is the older Cal 825 bumper automatic movement shared with some more well/known references… E 855 and E 859 Polaris.


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 One interesting detail is the “GT” on the alarm disk. “GT” often referred to as an abbreviation for Grande Taille (Large size in French). But when you see this catalogue page from 1970, you may start to wonder if GT stands for “Gran Turismo”?! What other reason would there be to have an Opel GT matched together with the E 861?


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The E 861 is even described as “GT-model” in the price list.


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Interesting is that even if the E 870 Polaris II also share the “GT” on the alarm disk, it is not described as an “GT-model”. 

 In fact, the “GT” can be found on all memovox with oval case shape: 


 E 861, E 870, E 873 – but the only one being referred to as an GT model is the E 861.


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 But let’s get back to the watch and box…



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 It’s always a treat when you find a NOS watch…



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Including the original strap and buckle...    none    



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Box, manual and papers...none


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 Best 

 Blomman
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amanico October 23rd, 2018-10:10
Superb post, with some cool illustrations and what to say about this watch other than Wow... Great shape, nice looking, and complete!  
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blomman Mr Blue October 23rd, 2018-23:48
You know how I like it! ;)  
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Arie - Mr Orange October 23rd, 2018-10:10
Blomman aka The Watch Master  
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blomman Mr Blue October 23rd, 2018-23:49
LOL!  
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zabreg1 Mr White October 23rd, 2018-11:39
What a write up. Amazing photos. And a full set with a period correct buckle, of course. I love the blue one...
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blomman Mr Blue October 23rd, 2018-23:50
Thank you, Mr White! Yes, the blue E 873 is a very funky cool one! Best Blomman
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crown comfort October 23rd, 2018-13:08
Very educating, my friend. just splendid, thanks so much for sharing.
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blomman Mr Blue October 23rd, 2018-23:53
My pleasure:) Thank you, my friend! Best Blomman
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Cpt Scarlet October 23rd, 2018-15:27
Wow .. I love the advertisements  
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blomman Mr Blue October 24th, 2018-03:07
Yes, advertisements was very different back then. Love it! :)  
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