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We begin with a simple three-hand movement. The mainspring, an eager little strip of metal, is charged by the winding of the crown. But this energy is raw and needs to be controlled, its release regulated. To control its release an escapement is employed – a mechanism that alternately checks and releases this energy while transmitting impulses to a series of gears. As they move they turn hands that, in combination with the dial of the watch, indicate the passage of time.
The true magic of these tiny mechanisms is that they are like miniature mirrors, reflecting to the wearer the simple and majestic passage of the earth around the sun, decoding this celestial information and compiling it in a tangible and readable format.
Recording this time, capturing it, is the essence of the triple date timepiece. One glance at the dial reveals the catalog of rotations, the accumulation of energy and momentum that is hours ticking into days, days into months. A calendar watch with time only display is a subtle yet powerful reminder of where we are in the universe - in time - it depicts the fundamental fabric of our lives...with uncanny style.
Movado, which opened its doors in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, was for decades an esteemed Swiss watch manufacture, producing incredible mechanical timepieces through up through the 1960s. This particular watch dates to the late 1940s or early 1950w and is the epitome of the style and precision that Movado mastered at the peak of its production.
To operate the calendar, the wearer simply rotates the hands (clockwise) until the day wheel shows the correct day (Monday = SEG, Tuesday = TER, Wednesday = QUA, Thursday = QUI, Friday = SEX, Saturday = SAB, Sunday = DOM) and time. Once the time is set, the wearer can advance the date hand by depressing the micro-pusher at 4:00 and the month by depressing the micro-pusher at 2:00.
Steel case is approximately 35.5mm (excluding crown). Swiss caliber 470 manually winding movement signed by Movado. c. 1950
Overall Condition: The steel case is in good condition over all, with light signs of refinishing visible on the tapered lugs. Some light marks consistent with age and wear are visible. The original two-tone dial bears a lovely hearty patina, with applied Arabic even hour markers showing a burnished bronze color. Blue outer date track is in good condition, with some wear to numeral from 25 through 8. Portuguese day and month wheels are crisp and sharp. Matching original handset is in excellent condition, with date hand bearing a brilliant red tip. Unsigned crown and snap case back.
Includes one 18mm Horween Shell Cordovan strap.