An interesting watch Manufacturer Movado and with some styles from the past that have always interested me, this one I recently obtained is such a model – that I couldn’t resist.
Without doubt the best dial gents Movado I’ve yet seen, this was a must purchase. 1960’s vintage with a Movado Cal 395 – C Automatic movement. This is their famous Kingmatic Sub Sea model with 28 jewels and running as sweet as it did when new this sort of mechanical marvel never fails to impress me. Over 50 years and still perfect it has a neat 34mm diameter gold 40 micron plated case, center sweep seconds and applied gold numeral markers on 12, 3, 6 and 9.
As you see the above image shows an immaculate Cal 395 movement with the classic Movado rotor assembly, Incabloc shock protection in a very neat layout. The Calibre number can be seen clearly at the foot of this image and note the Movado “top Hat” plate atop the rotor. Obscured by the rotor it also states Movado Factories, Swiss and 28 jewels. Lovely action too this rotor and quite silent in operation – this is a class item indeed.
The stainless steel screw back has a full Movado medallion logo set with Kingmatic S and the 4 horse chariot design in the centre. Sub Sea and 28 jewels are the other markings on the back. The crown is the original Movado logo and the lugs are set to fit an 18mm strap, which in this case is a nice quality though non-original Condor stitched leather variety with gold colored buckle which sits it very well.
This model like so many of that time is that nice size so favored by many of the classic watch makers @ 34mm which allows it to fit most wrists easily and neatly. For me every thing about this watch is just right – beautiful face, great look, slim, elegant, perfect size, lovely automatic action and a joy to wear.
The Kingmatic automatic model (and the Tempomatic before it) took the watch world by storm when it first came out in around 1962 and the Kingmatic was made probably till around 1967. The Company started off life way back in 1881, the name “Movado” meaning “always in motion” in Esperanto the Company has over 100 patents and over 200 awards and still operating today.
This is now my third Movado and my second mechanical model – I have also a Quartz and all have impressed me very much. The quartz one also has a highly individual dial face and a certain neat quality – and I can now see where the heritage comes from. This Sub Sea model especially with it’s rather unique face, it’s sleek movement and beautiful condition is my first purchase of 2013 and will certainly be on my wrist on many, many occasions I’m sure – and that surely is as good a testament you can have for any watch.
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