Movado Sport ‘non-magnetic’ François Borgel case
Movado is known for their collectible and high-quality vintage watches. This example is not an exception. The gilt ring on the dial is a magnificent combination with the hands and numerals. The style of the watch case is typical for the 1940’s/ early 1950’s. It creates great wrist presence. The watch is preserved in honest vintage condition. The in-house, hand wound movement is finished beautifully, as we know from most of the collectible Movado wristwatches.
This beautiful Movado example is presumably from the 1940’s. Its case is made of steel and has a diameter of 28 mm excluding the crown, a true gentleman’s size. The original brushing on the case and ‘Switzerland’ signing below the sub-dial are both still intact. The steel François Borgel case makes this watch not only beautiful but also incredibly strong and durable. François Borgel was a famous case maker for many important brands including Patek Philippe, Doxa, Zenith and for other high quality watch brands which experimented with waterproof cases in the early 1940’s.
‘Non-magnetic’ refers to the hairspring of the balance wheel. Back in the 1940’s it was a continuing battle between horological brands to come up with the best quality of their watch components. That ‘Non-magnetic’ was chosen to be written on the dial, shows that this watch was meant for an audience which wanted a quality and rugged ‘tool’ which could withstand considerably harsh conditions.
This gorgeous watch features a subsidiary-second dial, which means the seconds hand is located in a separate smaller dial. The steel hands are in original condition with their original luminous material partially intact and with an amazing patina which has developed over the more than 80 years this watch has been used and loved. This vintage watch comes on a new leather strap and would be a great addition to many collections.
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