A fine and extremely attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tropical dial, pulsometer scale and Breguet numerals

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  • Manufacturer: Movado
    Year: Circa 1945
    Reference No: 19005
    Case No: 96'664
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, jeweled
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded in 1881 as LAI Ditescheim & Freres SA, Movado’s 137 years of history have gifted to the collectors’ community some remarkable pieces, especially during the 1930s - 1960s. The present watch is a superlative example of such production.

    The case construction of this watch is by itself extremely interesting: the simple Bauhaus-style profile is enriched by the triple stepped bezel, adding complexity and flamboyance, and at the same time increasing the perceived size of the piece thanks to its triple frame effect. Such a particular design would be ineffective if the sharp edges of the steps were lost to careless polishing, but thankfully in this instance, the beholder can admire the case in all of its glory.

    If the case is remarkable, the dial of this watch is simply breathtaking. Sporting an already extremely appealing design with pulsometer scale and applied Breguet numerals, it also features some exquisitely 1940s style choices, such as the railway fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions. Its ageing is, however, a true sight to behold, having acquired a virtually unique tangerine tropicalization which grants the object an outstanding visual impact. A possibly unique gem for the collector of fine vintage pieces which is sure to impress the owner every time he or she glances at the time.

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FROM A JAPANESE COLLECTOR

Movado

Ref. 19005
A fine and extremely attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tropical dial, pulsometer scale and Breguet numerals

摩凡陀,精細及重要,古董精鋼腕錶,配計時功能、寶璣字時標和「Tropical」棕色錶盤,約1945年製

Circa 1945
35mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$63,000 - 96,000 
€6,900-10,600
$8,100-12,300

sold for HK$137,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018