A wonderful early example of the Movado Ermeto, this watch has a richly gilded sterling silver case. Originally exported from Switzerland to the UK, the watch has Glasgow import hallmarks for 1929. The silvered dial is in outstanding condition with an unusual blued finish to the raised Arabic numerals and minute ring which compliment the vibrant blued steel of the ‘Cathédrale’ hands.
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. 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 (via opening and closing of the covers), lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] matte silvered dial, raised blued Arabic numerals and outer pearled minute track, blued steel Cathédrale hands
[C] silver-gilt inner case with Glasgow import hallmarks for 1928, sliding silver-gilt outer covers, opening and closing on runners, Movado trefoil crown
[S] case, dial and movement signed
47mm width closed
71.5mm width open
10mm depth to centre of crystal
14mm depth to centre of covers
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough leather pocket watch pouch & Black Bough certificate