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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 379

    Movado. An unusual, large and early 18K white gold rectangular curved hinged wristwatch with 14K white gold bracelet

    SIGNED MOVADO, CHRONOMETER, POLYPLAN MODEL, REF. 4009, MOVEMENT NO. 401134, CASE NO. 401359, CIRCA 1915

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    Movado. An unusual, large and early 18K white gold rectangular curved hinged wristwatch with 14K white gold bracelet
    Signed Movado, Chronometer, Polyplan model, ref. 4009, movement no. 401134, case no. 401359, circa 1915
    With rectangular curved nickel-finished lever movement with both ends angled downwards, 15 jewels, the silvered matte dial with luminous Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, in oversized rectangular curved slender case with winding crown to 12 o'clock, curved hinged back, associated 14K white gold woven link bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    22 mm. wide & 54 mm. overall length


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    The Movado "Polyplan" was launched in 1912 and made in 18K and 14K gold as well as in silver cases, with or without subsidiary seconds. At the time it was such an expensive watch that apparently only around 1,500 examples were produced.

    The plate of the "Polyplan 400" calibre movement is angled at both ends to fit into the curved case, the compensation balance is placed under the dial. This placement allowed the use of a larger balance resulting in a more accurate watch. The horizontal section of the plate contains the gear train and barrel, while the setting wheel, stem and crown are located in the upper angled part. Furthermore the "Polyplan" features a unique regulator arm which can be reached from the back so that the movement does not need to be removed from the case for adjusting.

    The model combining an Art Nouveau style dial with a very modernistic, slender case design was and still is much looked after by collectors.

    The "Polyplan" model is described and illustrated in The
    Movado History
    by Fritz von Osterhausen, pp. 34 - 38 and in Armbanduhren - 100 Jahre Entwicklungsgeschichte by Kahlert, Mühe, Brunner, fifth edition, p. p. 43, pl. 62 and p. 224, pl. 432-436.