Jaeger-LeCoultre is auctioning Prototype N°1 of the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” commemorative edition watch. The auction provides devotees with the opportunity to acquire an exceptional piece while contributing to the protection of an endangered marine site. Proceeds from the sale will be entirely donated to the Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary located 500 kilometers off the Colombian coast, in the Pacific Ocean.
Inspired by the famous 1959 Geophysic model, developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre at the request of the first scuba diving enthusiasts in the United States, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” is a contemporary re-edition of this historic timepiece. It was the world’s first diver’s watch to be equipped with an alarm function specially designed to provide divers with an audible indication warning them it is time to begin a progressive return to the surface. Water-resistant to 10 bar, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959” commemorative edition is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956 and equipped with a steel case topped by a Plexiglas crystal, entirely in keeping with the original. The Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is auctioning the Prototype N°1 of this model that is destined to find its own place in the history books.
Considered one of the world’s most extraordinary diving spots, the Malpelo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is extremely important in terms of its marine biodiversity. The sanctuary hosts many shark species, including some that are very rare. Illegal fishing is the main threat facing the Malpelo site, and Colombian navy crews supported by national parks cooperate in ensuring appropriate surveillance of the zone. In order to facilitate landing operations on the island and to enable them to conduct patrols near the coastline, they are in urgent need of an inflatable boat that would enhance their efficiency and greatly improve the smooth operation of their missions.
Registration to bid is open now. Only those who pre-register will be able to place bids. Bidding will be open from April 18 at 12.00 C.E.T to April 21 18.00 C.E.T (6:00 a.m. April 18 to 12:00 noon April 21 USA Eastern time). The auction takes place at the Jaeger-LeCoultre website: https://auction.jaeger-lecoultre.com.
Good luck! The bidding is expected to be fierce.