Jaeger-LeCoultre E 873 Memovox – line up

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As you know, I love Funky 70’s Jager-LeCoultre Memovox and the E 873 is no exception!

Some year’s ago I catch the E 873.42 with white and blue dial. Love the egg shaped case, the blue hands and minute track and of course the Memovox alarm!

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 873.42 – white and blue dial

For years I was happy. Until I had a very nice GTG with a friend. Earlier this year, this friend came and visited and…

Showed me his E 873.21! Wow! The solid gold case, the brownish dial, the white sweeping seconds hand…

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 873.21 – brownish dial

The shimmering dial, the extra weight on the wrist… Fantastic!

This was the first time I saw a E 873 gold in real. I have documents showing this watch but the document can’t describe the feel on the wrist.

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 873.21 – .21 stands for case metal gold

The E 873 is not any of the more common Funky 70’s Memovox so I was very surprised when he showed me not only one but three E 873!

White/blue, same as mine, brownish/gold and blue/orange.

Jaeger-LeCoultre E 873 – my friend’s trio of E 873

Only two versions missing (as far as I am aware) to complete the set. The grey/blue and the grey/white.

Yes, this encounter really made me think I should start over and hunt for gold!

Not only the E 873 existed in gold, look at this 73800 Snowdrop in full gold with integrated gold bracelet, another I only saw in pictures, the yellow gold version, the white gold version I never saw, not even in picture.

A big thank you to the owner for sharing these wonderful watches!

Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue scan – 1972

During the 1970’s Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a number system to identify case material. In addition to the watch reference, the case number were added in the end. Example, E 873.21 – E 873 in gold.

.21=18K YG, (interestingly, I have not been able to identify any RG/PG codes, possible RG/PG were included in the YG code?)
.22=18K WG,
.42=Stainless Steel,
.51=Plated metal,
.61=14K YG,
.62=14K WG,
.71=gilt.72=Rhodium plated