Movado Calendograf Ref. 14858 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1950
A steel manually wound triple calendar wristwatch with two-tone dial
A wonderful example of the Movado Calendograf, this wristwatch has a two-tone dial with raised Arabic and disc numerals. There are central apertures for day and month indication and the date ring is calibrated in blue to the edge of the dial – indication is via the central red tipped hand. The steel case is in unpolished condition and retains sharp definition to its angles and edges with lugs that are centrally faceted and have satin finished sides. The case was made for Movado by Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th Century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva based case makers and specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. The case of this watch is in two parts with a solid upper body and separate screw-down case back and the pushers for calendar adjustment are of water-resistant type. Borgel cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the superb screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.
Introduced in 1938, the Calendograf with calibre 475 was one of Movado’s most important vintage lines and a number of different models were produced with varying case and dial designs. Examples of the Calendograf models were exhibited at the 1940 World’s Fair in New York as well as at the Basel Watch Fairs throughout the 1940s. Production of calibre 475 ceased in 1954. A gold example of the Calendograf was presented to Winston Churchill in September 1946 by Swiss citizens as a testimony of their admiration, that watch is illustrated in von Osterhausen, F., The Movado HIstory, Schiffer 1996, p.190.
[M] Movado manually wound calibre 475 movement, 15 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] two-tone silvered dial, matte finished chapter ring with raised Arabic and disc numerals, outer date ring calibrated in blue, Alpha shaped hands, central red tipped date indicator hand, engine-turned subsidiary seconds [C] steel circular two-piece case, the upper case with integrated bezel, rounded case sides, water-resistant type pushers for adjustment of the month and date, screw-down satin finished case back [S] case, dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34.5mm
Length including lugs: 41.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 11mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 18mm
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