Movado Gents Watch

Movado Gents Watch

Movado is one of those brands whose modern incarnation belies a truly enviable history.

While they're most known for their Museum Watch, a Bauhaus-inspired design from 1947 characterized by its singular hour marker at 12 o'clock, Movado's roots go much deeper than that. In 1881, watchmaker Achilles Ditesheim opened a workshop for the production of pocket watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, that horological hotbed that's produced such big name brands as Gallet and Heuer, among others. His brothers Léopold and Isidore joined him in 1886. By 1900, the brothers Ditesheim began to produce wristwatches.

In 1905, the brothers moved production to a new facility and christened their brand Movado, which means "always in motion" in Esperanto. Even in the early days, watches produced by the brothers garnered many awards, surpassing watches of their rivals at competitions. Movado produced incredible mechanical timepieces through the 20th century, gaining notoriety for the sophistication of the equipment and technology they employed, including electric tools.

The brand produced its first water-resistant wristwatch in 1935 and its first automatic wristwatch, the Tempomatic, in 1945. Movado had registered the patent for the Tempomatic in 1943, but did not release it for commercial consumption until two years later. Unlike many of their counterparts that turned out cool looking watches by assembling quality components from multiple suppliers, Movado's movements were designed and manufactured in-house.

All of this to say- vintage Movados are seriously legit and a tremendous value- just the type of brand we love here.

What you see here is a Movado gentleman's watch, dating to the late 1950's. Sharing a number of design cues with well-known dress watches of the era from brands such as Longines & Omega, this is a handsome piece featuring a steel case and a clean white dial with applied markers, slim sword hands, a subsidiary dial at 6:00 for running seconds.

If elegant looks and an in-house movement are on your wish list, this Movado deserves some serious consideration.


Steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). Movado Caliber 125 Hand Wound Movement. Circa 1950s

Overall Condition: Steel case is in very good condition, having been lightly polished. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear. Dial is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and age. Unsigned crown. Case back has some light scratches but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 18mm embossed black leather strap and two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01108

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