Movado Ermeto Chronomètre silver-gilt and leather, circa 1930
A silver-gilt and leather covered purse watch with ‘automatic’ winding covers
A superb and exceptionally well preserved Ermeto, this purse watch incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928. As the sliding covers are opened and closed, 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 Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag.
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. The present example has a very handsome silvered dial with the Arabic hour indexes and dot minute track all raised above the surface.
[M] Movado calibre 150MN manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic numerals, Cathédrales hands and raised outer minute track [C] silver-gilt case, the sliding covers with black lizard leather covering, opening and closing on runners, original Movado crown with trefoil decoration [S] case, dial and movement signed
Width when closed: 49m
Width when opened: 74.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 9.5mm
Depth to centre of covers: 15mm
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.