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 Olivia Burton 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 specialises in selling quartz watches, sunglasses, and jewellery. The Movado Group also owns Concord, Ebel.
The Trans-Atlantic is so named after Movado attached a watch submerged to the “Ile-de-France” sailing from Le Havre To New York and back, a first for a waterproof watch circa. 1955. Our Movado Trans-Atlantic Sub-Sea 50 has around 35.5mm stainless steel case. Tapered lugs with a lug to lug length of 43mm and a thickness of 9mm ensures the watch a comfortable fit on your wrist. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines. A polished bezel holds a domed crystal. The vertically brushed dial has applied baton indexes with Onyx infill. Even patina covers the dial. Dauphine's hands have an Onyx infill for an elegant look and feel. On the reverse, a faintly signed stainless steel case back. Inside a Manually Wound Movado Cal. 290, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. Based on the ETA 2391. The watch comes fitted on its original Movado 19mm beads of rice bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
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 its original stainless steel Movado signed beads of rice bracelet with its Movado signed clasp, the bracelet will fit a 6 3/4inch wrist, a leather strap can be provided too. The watch is from Circa. 1960s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, wear is visible on the dial. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
My appreciation for Movado is no secret, I believe they are one of the few brands left that still offer a HUGE amount of value in the vintage world, along with Mido too! This one certainly has some age to the dial, patina/damage, call it what you will, I personally like how it looks and I know others do too! The case shape is stunning and it wears so well, especially thanks to that super thin case!