Achilles Ditesheim at the age of 19 founded LAI Ditesheim & Freres SA in 1881. With the help of 6 watchmakers, he built a workshop in the small village of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In 1905 he renamed the company Movado meaning “always in motion” in the international language of Esperanto. In 1947 Nathan George Horwitt created the single dot watch dial. In 1960 Horwitts original design became the first watch dial ever to be accepted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2017 Movado Group purchased the OliviaBurton brand based in London. It is one of the fastest-growing fashion watch and jewellery brands in the UK. October 2018 Movado Group acquired MVMT who specialise in selling quartz watches, sunglasses, and jewellery. The Movado Group also owns Concord, Ebel.
Here we have a 1953 Movado Bumper with a fine 33mm François Borgel polished stainless steel case. François Borgel made cases for Longines, Mido, Movado, Patak-Philippe and Rolex. They later became Taubert & Fils. Their stamp was F.B. and a Geneva key which you can find on the inside of the case back. Elegant tapered curved lugs with a lug to lug length of 40mm and a thickness of 11mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. The signed crown sits slightly recessed on the right side when you push it in; it changes the date. A flat polished bezel holds a domed crystal above a white dial. Gilt minute track with applied 12, 3, 6 and 9 with faceted edged arrow points in between mark the hours. Elegant dauphine hands are complemented by a fine tapered sweeping second hand. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside a Bumper Automatic Movado Cal. 224A, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on a 16mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Movado box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a period-correct black leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1953 and is sold in worn, vintage condition with signs of wear and age throughout, the watch is in all original condition. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.