Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929
Movado Ermeto 'Baby' silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929

Movado Ermeto ‘Baby’ silver and leather covered purse watch hallmarked 1929

A small silver and leather covered case winding travelling watch 

The smallest of Movado’s purse watch range, the Ermeto ‘Baby’ was originally made as a model to integrate into ladies’ handbags but was quickly added to the general Ermeto range. The present example is one of the earliest made by Movado and is in very attractive condition with a silver and leather covered case. The silvered dial has a frosted matte finish, raised Arabic numerals and outer minute track and blued steel ‘Cathedral’ hands. A very similar example, also dating to 1929, is illustrated in my book “The Watch: A Twentieth-Century Style History” p.76 – the latter watch is all but identical to the present watch save for the fact it has black lacquered rather than leather covers.

This model incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928, just one year prior to the date of this watch. As the sliding covers are opened, a pinion on the winding stem is engaged, which automatically turns the winding crown and winds the watch. An ingenious piece of horological engineering, each opening and closing of the case was designed to provide 4 hours of running time, therefore, the user was only required to open their watch 6 times a day to power it for 24 hours. The movement is Movado’s calibre 11, the original Baby Ermeto calibre that was the forerunner of the calibre 575. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag.

Technical details

[M] Movado calibre 11 movement wound via sliding shutter action, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] matte frosted silvered dial, raised Arabic numerals, raised silver dot minute track, blued steel Cathedral hands [C] silver case, the inner case with plain screwed-down back, leather covered sliding covers, opening and closing on runners, original decoratively engraved trefoil crown [S] case, dial and movement signed

Measurements

Width when closed: 43.5mm
Width when opened: 64.5mm
Height: 26mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 7.5mm
Depth to centre of covers: 12.5mm

All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate.

Notice for clients outside the European Union
Please note that the covers of this travelling watch are made from lizard skin and due to CITES restrictions, this watch cannot be exported outside the European Union. 

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Description

Movado Ermeto ‘Baby’ silver and leather covered purse watch 1929
A small silver and leather covered case winding travelling watch 

The smallest of Movado’s purse watch range, the Ermeto ‘Baby’ was originally made as a model to integrate into ladies’ handbags but was quickly added to the general Ermeto range. The present example is one of the earliest made by Movado and is in very attractive condition with a silver and leather covered case. The silvered dial has a frosted matte finish, raised Arabic numerals and outer minute track and blued steel ‘Cathedral’ hands. A very similar example, also dating to 1929, is illustrated in my book “The Watch: A Twentieth-Century Style History” p.76 – the latter watch is all but identical to the present watch save for the fact it has black lacquered rather than leather covers.

This model incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928, just one year prior to the date of this watch. As the sliding covers are opened, a pinion on the winding stem is engaged, which automatically turns the winding crown and winds the watch. An ingenious piece of horological engineering, each opening and closing of the case was designed to provide 4 hours of running time, therefore, the user was only required to open their watch 6 times a day to power it for 24 hours. The movement is Movado’s calibre 11, the original Baby Ermeto calibre that was the forerunner of the calibre 575. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag.

Technical details

[M] Movado calibre 11 movement wound via sliding shutter action, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] matte frosted silvered dial, raised Arabic numerals, raised silver dot minute track, blued steel Cathedral hands [C] silver case, the inner case with plain screwed-down back, leather covered sliding covers, opening and closing on runners, original decoratively engraved trefoil crown [S] case, dial and movement signed

Measurements

Width when closed: 43.5mm
Width when opened: 64.5mm
Height: 26mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 7.5mm
Depth to centre of covers: 12.5mm

All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate.

Notice for clients outside the European Union
Please note that the covers of this travelling watch are made from lizard skin and due to CITES restrictions, this watch cannot be exported outside the European Union. 

£775.00 [Sold]