During Movado's glorious period from 1912 through the 1950's, when such innovations as the polyplan movement, Calendomatic, and exceptional in-house chronographs pushed the envelope of horological technology, and original designs such as the Museum watch took their place in history, their wristwatches enjoyed a level of prestige reserved only for works of very fine watchmakers.
Today's offering features this wonderful Movado Calendograph watch with colourful dial. The colors of the two-tone dial - which looks like a three color dial because of the sepia tone center - blue date track, red date hand pointer, and black hands all provide beautiful interest!
It is similar to the model, made by Movado and retailed by Tiffany, that FDR owned and reportedly wore it at the Malta and Yalta Conferences in 1945 and in the last months of his life. He owned the non-waterproof version. This is the waterproof version whose case has a different, more rugged construction. Photos of FDR's Calendograph are in the listing below (photo from Antiquroum).
An interesting functional design element of this case is its anti-magnetic design. It has an iron ring with cap that forms a Faraday cage around the movement protecting it from magnetic and electromagnetic fields and also offering another layer of physical protection.
Powering it is an in-house Movado movement, the watch possesses capabilities that track the date, day of the week, and month.
These waterproof style Calendrograph are midsize watches - well-suited for someone who doesn't have a large wrist.
Its untouched original dial has warmed to a sepia tone, giving it a true vintage look. In person the sepia tone looks a little less strong than it does in the photos.
Its case is in excellent condition. The main body and lugs have never been polished. They retain very strong lines and the original satin finish.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, adjusting and servicing as needed, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
We have tested it on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it is keeping perfect time like a new watch.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Case no.: B483781
Year built: c. 1940's
Model: Ref. 14819
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Day, Date, Month, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case markings (inside): Movado Factories, stainless steel, B483781, 14819, Francois Borgel hallmark for the renowned maker of waterproof cases
Dimensions: 33mm diameter (excluding crown), 40mm long lug tip-to-tip
Case condition: Excellent condition with only light wear. The main body and lugs have never been polished. They retain very strong lines and the original factory satin.
Dial: Silver, signed Movado, gold applied Arabic indices, outer graduation for the days of the month in blue, apertures for the days of the week and the months, original and untouched, honest condition with fading around the edge, warmed to a sepia tone - in person the sepia tone looks a little less strong than it does in the photos.
Hands: Original, "feuilles" with red-tipped steel date hand
Movement type: Cal. 470, nickel-plated, 15 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance
Movement markings: Movado Factories, Swiss Made, 15 Jewels
Jewels: 15 rubies
Band: Leather, remborde, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Servicing: One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, adjusting and servicing as needed, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have also tested it on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it is keeping perfect time like a new watch.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.