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Movado. A rare and unusual stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black dial and two rotating bezels
Movado. A rare and unusual stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black dial and two rotating bezels

SIGNED MOVADO, CRONOPLAN MODEL, CASE NOS. 11'764 AND 154'130, CIRCA 1940

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Movado. A rare and unusual stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black dial and two rotating bezels
Signed Movado, Cronoplan model, case nos. 11'764 and 154'130, circa 1940
Nickel-finished lever movement, 15 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, black dial, luminous Arabic and baton numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, outer Arabic five minute divisions, circular case, two rotating bezels, the inner calibrated for 12 hours, the outer calibrated for 60 units and with ribbed band, the '0' positions indicated by red lacquer dots, snap on back, case numbered, dial and movement signed
34 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

According to the Archives of Movado, the present watch was manufactured in the early 1940s.

The "Cronoplan" was introduced to the market in 1937, using the universal calibre 150 MN, and featuring an ingenious construction allowing long-term time recording (only hours and minutes) without time consuming calculations. Movado was granted Swiss patent no. 191277 on 12 November 1936 for a system consisting of two concentric rotatable bezels surrounding the crystal. The inner bezel is calibrated for the hours, the outer for the minutes. In order to time an event, the 0 of the inner bezel is placed above the hour hand and the 0 of the outer bezel above the minute hand. At the end of the recording, the elapsed time can be read directly from the numbers indicated by the two hands.
The Movado Cronoplan is described and illustrated in The Movado History by Fritz von Osterhausen, pp. 104, 108 and 110.

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