On the wooden beam: Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking Gold

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Last week I showed the Jaeger-LeCoultre reference 3161 Memovox Parking in stainless steel, this week on the wooden beam, let’s have a closer look at the gold version of this watch…

The gold version of the 3161 Memovox Parking is almost exactly like the stainless steel version, except in gold… Case, hands, the applied numerals and index – all gold…. Only one small difference…

In addition, the 3161 differs in some ways from other classic dress Memovox from Le Gran Maison…

The most obvious difference between the 3161 and other classic dress Memovox is the ratio between the outer dial and the alarm disk.

The normal ratio between the outer dial diameter and the alarm disk diameter is that the alarm disk diameter is approx. half of the dial diameter.

However, on the 3161 (as well on the 3160 and the E 856) the alarm disk is more like two thirds of the dial diameter.

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking Gold – on the wooden beam:

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking Gold – on the wooden beam

Now, the difference between my stainless steel 3161 and my gold 3161 – on most Memovox, the alarm track also serves as minute track, i.e. the space between each hour is divided into five equal spaces representing 1 minute for the minute hand and 12.5 minute for the alarm.

On my gold 3161 this is not the case, instead the space between each hour is divided into four, making the alarm indication to even quarters!

For use of the alarm, it’s more logical with quarter indications, but this disqualifies the use as minute track.

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking Gold – four spaces

Now, side-by-side my two Memovox Parking 3161. Look at the stainless steel version – each hour divided into five spaces…

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking – five vs. four spaces

Mistake? One must be repainted? NO.

If we look into my library, there are both versions represented in documents.

This is a zoom in from a French Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue 1958, showing only three lines between each hour, i.e. four spaces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre French catalogue 1958 – four spaces

And here is another zoon in, a French Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue from 1960, showing four lines between each hour, i.e. five spaces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre French catalogue 1960 – five spaces

So I think it’s safe to say that both versions existed and one could argue on behalf of the logic for both…

To be the devil into details can sometimes give you headache… But with a beauty like this on the wrist… The headache is soon gone!

Jaeger-LeCoultre 3161 Memovox Parking Gold – on the wrist

More wooden bean posts to come, so stay tuned!