Memosail

Memosail Regatta-Timer from the 70s

Memosail

Memosail was made by the brand Memotime, founded in the 70s by Swiss watchmakers passionate by sailing. The movements to countdown the 10 and 5 minutes before a regatta starts was developed and patented by them under the sub-brand Memosail.

1992 Memotime was official sponsor of the America 3 on the America´s Cup.

2003 a new collection was launched after a take-over from the former owner CORUM to a young group of watchmakers to build watches for maritime sports with the Memotime patented calibre 883.

The 70s Memosails are direct competitors to the 5dot-Yachting timer of Aquastar, the Aquastar Regate with the Felsa 4000N movement. Different to this Countdown of 5 minutes showing throug 5 dots on the dial with white/red background from a disc, 5 red dots means 5 minutes and the the regatta starts. Memosail works with the modified Valjoux 7737, that shows after 10 to 1 a “START” in the cutout section of the dial.

This watch here runs a manual-winding Valjoux 7737 (17-jewels), it is a Valjoux 7733/4 with modified center chronograph wheel that uses 2-fingers for moving the countdown-disc every 30 seconds.

The Countdown runs from 10 to “Start” and then – run the race!

Memosail Movement

Memosail Movement Valjoux 7737 (modified 7733)

 

credit: Richard (http://thewatchspotblog.com)

the countdownd-disc
credit: Richard (http://thewatchspotblog.com)

credit: Richard http://thewatchspotblog.com

More about the work of the Valjoux 7737 you can find at Richard Askhams Weblog.

Editions

There are different builds of the memosail – different in cases and colors on the dial and hands. We differ the standard editions and the editions with the “V.I.P.”claim on the dial.

1. Standard editions

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Memosail standard editions: round and square case, screwed back, 41mm w/o crown

There are different builds of this Memosail Timer, but all with identical movement.

Case
– “round case” – needs straps with round ends
– “square case” – needs straps with straight ends
– first in chrome plated brass, later made of stainless steel

Dials (both cases)
– white circle on blue
– gray circle instead of white

Hands (different colors)
– yellow or orange stopsecond
– gray or white stick hours+minute-hands

Straps & bracelets
– original steel bracelet with Memosail-buckle
– dark-blue or dark-grey rubberstrap with Memosail typo


2. Special edition: Memosail V.I.P. 

All V.I.P. signed dials are in cushion cases – but in 2 different styles: with straight case-sides to the bracelet and more round edges like you see here:

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Memosail V.I.P. editions in cushionstyle cases

Dials
– colors: blue-grey and gold-brown

Straps & bracelets
– original steel bracelet with Memosail-buckle
– leatherstrap in black and blue with V.I.P. typo on the clasp
– special: Dugena was the main distributor of Memosail watches for Germany in the 70s and added this “better fitting” steel bracelet to the Memosail V.I.P.

Memosail V.I.P. with original Dugena branded bracelet

Memosail V.I.P. with original Dugena branded bracelet

 

More about it with explaination of the modified caliber you can find under the links at right “Watch Articles worth to read”.

Thanks for knowledge and stuff to Mark Reichardt and Richard Askham! You find their websites in the link section.

The stuff is to be continued…

A new addition will come next – the uber rare Memosail Skipper!

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Ad for the Memosail Skipper in the US magazine MotorBoating 1990
credit: Mark