Movado Ermetophon ‘Alarm’, vintage travelling watch, circa 1958
A gilt-metal and leather covered case winding travelling watch with alarm, original presentation case and instructions
Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system was patented in 1928. When the ‘Ermetophon’ alarm model was launched in 1955, the upper edge of the watch was changed into an arc shape, rather than the standard straight edge previously found on the Movado Ermeto models. This was to incorporate the two crowns for going and alarm trains – this in turn required the modification of the case winding system and this was achieved by two side levers which were operated, as before, by the action of opening and closing the case. An ingenious piece of horological engineering, each opening and closing of the case was designed to provide 3.5 hours of running time, therefore, the user was only required to open their watch 7 times a day to power it for 24 hours – this action also winds the alarm barrel. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag.
In excellent original condition this watch has a superb two-tone dial and is complete with its original fitted presentation case and instruction booklet. The back of the case has an integrated stand allowing it to be placed on a desk or bedside table. The alarm is remarkably loud and can be used as a reminder or, indeed, your wake-up call. To the back of the case is a retractable stand which allows the watch to be placed on a desk or bedside table and there is a loop attachment to allow a chain to be fitted if required.
To find more information on the Ermetos and view other examples previously sold by Black Bough, see:
Movado Ermeto Silver and Black Lacquered travelling watch, hallmarked 1931
Movado Steel and Leather covered travelling watch, circa 1935
Movado Steel and Chrome travelling watch with grey dial, circa 1935
[M] Movado calibre 1475 case wound movement, lever escapement, 17 jewels, mono-metallic balance, Incabloc shock absorber [D] two-tone silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals with luminescent dots above, luminescent dauphine hands (please note that luminescence will have naturally dulled with age), centre seconds, central red-tipped alarm indicator hand, the dial centre with high sheen circular satin finish and bordered with track calibrated for 15 minute markers for alarm time [C] gold plated inner case, the back with retractable hinged stand, the outer shutters with leather covering, original winding crowns, the alarm winder with inset red highlight [S] case, dial and movement signed
Width when closed: 50mm
Width when opened: 77mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Depth to centre of covers: 15mm
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£795.00 [Sold] purse watch