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Why We Love It
A time-only Movado from the 1950s -- really any mechanical Movado from the 1950s for that matter -- offers a ton of value in current climate of the watch world. Later acquired by Zenith, Movado's earlier models from the 50s remain in high demand among niche collectors.
A 34mm steel case sports very elegant 'claw' like lugs that really distinguish this piece from other generic pieces from the same era. If only more brands experimented like this today! The warmly aged satin silver dial showing some light speckling on the dial, hinting at its decades of love and use. Like a lot of vintage Movado, applied Breguet numerals were used on dials for a more stylized look.
For an everyday steel dress watch, this Movado offers a lot of charm at a price that won't break the bank!
While Movado is now best known as a producer of fashion watches like the Museum Watch, Movado's roots go much deeper than that. The company’s history reaches all the way back to 1881, when watchmaker Achilles Ditesheim opened a workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. His brothers Léopold and Isidore joined him in 1886.
Production from that point on proved how true the name brand was—it means "always in motion" in Esperanto. Throughout the 20th century Movado produced incredible mechanical timepieces. They gained notoriety for the sophistication of the equipment and technology they employed, including electric tools.
Unlike many of their counterparts, Movado's movements were designed and manufactured in-house.
In the late 1960s, they were acquired by Zenith, and enjoyed perhaps their greatest period of success as the subsidiary of that brand. Their chronographs (which used the famous Zenith El Primero movement), particularly, were successful sellers. But the extent of their offerings didn’t end there. They also made killer dress watches like the one we have here.
Stainless steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). Calibre .261 manually-winding movement. Circa 1950s.
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous satin silver dial is in great condition with light spotting, applied Breguet numerals and steel handset with blued arrow pointer. Unsigned crown.
Includes beige leather strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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