For sale we have a beautiful new old stock example of a 1950s Movado dress watch. It comes in its original box, with its hang tag. It has been recently serviced and is keeping time to within 17 seconds a day.
This watch has many subtle features of quality design. Firstly, the case is well proportioned at 35mm x 35mm, with a shallow depth of 7.5mm. This slim case is very comfortable on the wrist, whilst maintaining a strong presence.
The case has a stepped finish, being shaped like a saucer or UFO, which is a signifier of its mid-century modern design ques. The crown is recessed into the side of the case which ensures the clean circular lines are maintained. The crown itself is rose gold in tone, which ties in nicely with the tone of the hands and hour markers.
The dial is very nicely designed, with a silver satin base tone. Contrasting against are the rose gold tone applied arrow hour markers. These are complimented by the smaller applied dot markers for the minutes. The sub-second dial is a simple crosshair. The facetted Dauphine style hands are clean and elegant.
The case back is stainless steel and has its neatly grained finish. The movement is a Movado calibre 205, which is manual wind, with a jewel count of 17 and Incabloc shock protection. It operates at a frequency of 18,000. The movement has been serviced and is in excellent condition. It has a daily loss of -17 seconds, with an amplitude of 280 degrees and a beat error of 0.8 m/s.
This is a beautiful mid-century modern wristwatch from a great quality swiss brand.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is in perfect original condition. It has a silver satin base tone which has no signs of ageing. The minute markers sit around the outside of the dial and are applied rose gold tone dots. The hour markers are the eye-catching element of the watch. There are subtle applied stick markers and intricate applied arrow markers with four grooves, meaning they catch the light beautifully. The sub-second dial is a simple crosshair, whilst the dial is signed Movado below 12 O’clock. At the base of the dial, it is signed Switzerland.
The hands are original. They are in perfect condition. They are of facetted Dauphine style in a rose gold tone. The sub-second hand is also original, in a rose gold tone.
The crystal is original and is in very good condition. It is an acrylic crystal.
The crown is original. It is recessed into the case and is a rose gold tone, matching the hour markers and handset. It has a coin edge finish with a polished face.
The case is chrome plated and is in very good original condition. It has a polished finish all over. It is in new old stock condition. It does have some slight surface marks from storage etc. The bezel is stepped on the case meeting the glass, whilst the main body of the case is flat. The lugs are slightly chunkier than the case.
The case back is Stainless Steel and is in very good condition. It has a couple of marks associated with age. It has the original grained finish which is in excellent condition.
The inside of the case back has perlage finishing. It is signed; Fond Acier Inoxydable, Fab. Suisse. It has the serial and reference numbers 208847, 35301. It also has the Movado logo.
The watch is on a new brown leather strap which is in good condition. It will fit up to a 8 inch wrist diameter.
The movement is a Movado calibre 205, which is manual wind, with a jewel count of 17 and Incabloc shock protection. It operates at a frequency of 18,000.
The movement has been serviced and is in excellent condition. It has a daily loss of -17 seconds, with an amplitude of 280 degrees and a beat error of 0.8 m/s.
Case width: 35mm
Case width with crown: 35mm
Case length: 35mm
Case length lug to lug: 39mm
Lug width: 18mm
Case Depth: 7.5mm
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