We probably aren’t alone in realising that Movado is a far too low valued watch brand. There are tons of discredited and underestimated watch brands but perhaps Movado is the most forgotten of them all. Especially if you take a look at what they have done in terms of engineering and design. We will only touch a fraction of their achievements but we hope to shed some light on this amazing brand. We are especially happy to be able to present our very own Movado - but more on that later on. Movado was founded in 1881 in a small watchmakers shop in Chaux -de-Fonds. The name is sprung from the international language Esperanto and means active.
Today, Borgel is perhaps most recognised as the casemaker behind some of Patek Philippe’s most important references. The company started producing snap-back cases for Patek Philippe’s first Calatrava, the reference 96, using their existing designs, but soon persuaded the brand to use its patented decagonal screw-back case. This design is first seen in the Calatrava reference 438, but soon after in the reference 565, and in the inimitable chronograph reference 1463, among many other Patek references.
Borgel continued to produce cases for Patek Philippe until around the mid-1960s. For this historical importance, but also for their profound beauty, the references 565 and 1463 have become some of the most collectable of all vintage watches. The reference 565’s unique monocoque construction makes it immediately recognisable compared to nearly any other watch. Meanwhile, the reference 1463’s status as the only waterproof chronograph from the vintage-era of Patek Philippe sets it apart both in terms of rarity and importance.
Object nr: 299
Movement: Cal. 150MN
Material: Stainless steel case made by François Borgel. Today, Borgel is most recognised as the casemaker behind some of Patek Philippe’s most important references such as Calatrava ref 438, ref 565 and the chronograph ref. 1463. They all got the same patented decagonal screw-back case as this Movado.
Original crown: Movado didnt sign their crowns in the 1940’s. The crown on this Movado Sport may be original to the watch
Dimensions: 32mm, without crown
Strap/Bracelet: Brown leather strap from pig. Since it is a bit damage at the end we include an extra brown leather strap.
Lug Width: 16mm
Service: Service history is unknown but it keeps time and have long powerreserv
The dial of this Movado is amazing! There is just small signs of ageing, but as you can see in the photos, this dial got it all. Original lume in both index and hands, small signs of patina with have become a bit light brown. Underneth the subsecond you got the correct "Switzerland". The case have been polished at some time, but as you can see - it is still in good shape with a beautiful octagonal backcase with just small signs of beeing open.The crystal is in good condition even if you in some angles and lights can see signs of crackle. This watch really is as nice as it looks in the pictures.
Sold as "it is"!
The pictures is a part of the description, study therefore the pictures carefully!
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