Steel & chrome Movado Ermeto Chronomètre vintage travelling watch, circa 1935
A superb steel and chrome manually wound travelling watch with sliding covers and original fitted presentation case
This is a sensational example of the Ermeto travelling watch which has a highly unusual grey dial with square subsidiary seconds and raised silvery/white Breguet and baton indexes and matching sword shaped hands. Made in the 1930s and in outstanding original condition, the present watch incorporates Movado’s calibre 150MN and is accompanied by its original fitted presentation case. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag. The smart engine-turned covers slide apart to reveal the dial and to the case’s back is a hinged stand which an be opened, thereby allowing the watch to be placed on a desk or bedside table, creating the perfect travelling timepiece.
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] grey dial, raised baton and Breguet style numerals with painted silvery/white surfaces, matching sword-shaped hands, square subsidiary seconds at 3 o’clock, outer minute track [C] steel and chromed case, the inner case with retractable hinged stand to the back, sliding covers with engine-turned decoration, opening and closing on runners [S] case, dial and movement signed
Width when closed: 47m
Width when opened: 72mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Depth to centre of covers: 15mm
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