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Wrist Watching: Miles Davis, Virtuoso Jazz Trumpeter, And His Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox GT | Quill & Pad

Wrist Watching: Miles Davis, Virtuoso Jazz Trumpeter, And His Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox GT | Quill & Pad

When there are banters on who is/was the best trumpet player ever, Miles Davis is generally one of first names to be raised. An eight-time Grammy victor, Davis is considered to be quite possibly the most persuasive musicians in jazz.

When it comes to the universe of watches, Davis is most popular for wearing a Breitling Navitimer (as found in Jazz And The Syncopation Of Fine Mechanics ), an iconic pilot’s watch with a chronograph and a coordinated slide rule bezel for making calculations.

Miles Davis playing his trumpet and wearing a Breitling Navitimer (photo courtesy AFP)

The way Davis wears the Navitimer on a full cuff tie makes the watch truly pop!

While perusing pictures of the trumpeter, I likewise recognized a natural looking, oval, two-crown watch on his wrist: shockingly, it was a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox model from the 1960s.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox is prominent for having an alert function, hence the two crowns. The crown at the 2 o’clock position is utilized to wind the caution’s spring and set the alert time, while the crown at 4 o’clock is utilized to wind the watch and set the time.

The first photo I found of Davis wearing the timepiece was in black and white, and I could see the two crowns and the recognizable oval state of the Memovox. However, the particular model was still difficult to determine.

Then I figured out how to discover a color photo, which improved things significantly: the model is certainly a Memovox GT worn on a bund strap.

Miles Davis playing his trumpet while wearing his Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox (photo courtesy Rolling Stone)

Determining whether it’s the E861 with a Caliber 825 automatic guard development or the E873 Speed Beat with a Caliber 916 automatic development was a bit tricky, however because of the ring on the dial being hazier and more pronounced, I conclude it’s the E861 model on Davis’ wrist.

Vintage Jeager-LeCoultre Memovox GT (photo courtesy alex200373/eBay)

It’s exceptionally cool to see that Davis brandished a Memovox (“GT” signifying “Grande Taille,” or huge size) back in the day. The Memovox was an extraordinariness during the 1960s – as still it is today.

Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox GT E861

Case: 38 x 12 mm, steel

Development: automatic Caliber 825 development with unidirectional guard automatic, two spring barrels (one for the alert, one for the time), manual twisting for caution, 2.5 Hz/18,000 vph frequency

Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, alert

Long stretches of production of Caliber 825: 1959-1969

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