A highly rare, well preserved and attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with screw-back case

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Movado
    Year: Circa 1950
    Case No: R9038
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 95M, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Movado buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    As perfectly exemplified by the present timepiece, it is not true that exceptional condition, timeless style, and mechanical proficiency are only attainable with great financial effort. Offered in absolutely untouched condition of both case and dial, the present chronograph wristwatch will mesmerise even the most spoiled of the vintage watch connoisseurs.

    The case is architecturally extremely elaborate: the stepped bezel perfectly frames the dial and amplifies the already remarkable size of the watch. The sculpted lugs are simply breathtaking. It is important to note how these details are characterised by sharp edges and well defined facets, thus easily spoiled by even the lightest polishing - especially considered the gold case. In this instance, instead, the case is flawlessly preserved - as is the dial - allowing the beholder to fully enjoy its complexity.

    The dial as well is a perfect example of mid-20th century design, striking the balance between graphically intense dials of the first half of the century and the much cleaner designs of the second half. The fifth of a second combined with Arabic 5 minutes divisions are present, a trait typical of the 1940s, together with a vibrant blue tachymeter scale. A note of quirkiness is offered by the hands: the main hour and minute hands feature an intriguing “obelisk” style, boosted by the serpentine hands of the subsidiary counters at 3 and 6 o’clock.

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Movado

A highly rare, well preserved and attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with screw-back case

Circa 1950
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 8,000 
€3,700-7,300
$4,000-8,000

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019