With unusual blue dyed shagreen covers, this is a wonderful example of an early Movado Ermeto purse watch. The action of opening and closing the covers winds the watch and also reveals the silvered dial beneath.
Movado’s Ermeto models were designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag. The name Ermeto was derived from the Greek meaning ‘sealed’ and emphasized the model’s resistance to dirt and moisture. Huguenin Frères of Le Locle developed the Ermeto’s design which was patented in Germany on 12th October, 1926 under DRP no. 443 555 – this patent number appears to the left of the inside case back of the present watch. Movado acquired the rights to market the Ermeto in 1926 and the model was initially launched with Movado’s calibre 150MN, the same movement as found in the present watch. The Ermeto was available with a variety of different movements from manually wound to automatic and from 8-day to calendar and alarm versions. Chronometer rated versions with finely adjusted movements, such as the present watch, were also available.
Over the years, the Ermeto was made with a variety of different case and dial designs and became one of the company’s most recognised and iconic pieces. Interestingly, Andy Warhol, who was a great fan of Movado, owned at least 6 different versions of the Ermeto from a wide range of periods.
[M] Movado calibre 150MN manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] matte silvered dial, raised silver Arabic numerals, Cathédrale hands, raised pearled outer minute track
[C] steel inner case, sliding covers with blue dyed shagreen covering, opening and closing on runners
[S] case, dial and movement signed
49mm width closed
75mm width open
9mm depth to centre of crystal
15mm depth to centre of covers
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough leather pocket watch pouch & Black Bough certificate
Notice for clients outside the European Union
Please note that the covers of this travelling watch are made from shagreen and due to CITES restrictions, this watch can only be shipped within the UK or European Union.