5 Movado Watches
Movado Watches - The Motion Begins
The journey of Movado started 140 years ago in 1881 at the small town of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. Founded by a 19-year-old watch enthusiast and businessman, Achilles Ditesheim, the company had only six watchmakers during its inception. Mr Ditesheim’s family was renowned as watchmakers in the area and successful owners of many small businesses in the region.
Soon, under the stewardship of Achilles, the company bloomed, and this brought the attention of his other brothers: Leopold and Isidore. This collaboration between the three brothers led to the creation of a new company called ‘L.A. & I. Ditesheim, Fabricants’ in the year 1892. Over the next two decades or so, this company became famous all around the world. It took significant strides in producing new watch models and wristwatches, along with having as many as 150 employees on their books.
Yet, the name Movado didn’t come into existence until the middle of the first decade of the 20th century. Derived from the then-recently formulated artificial language of Esperanto, the word ‘movado’ can be translated to mean ‘always in motion’. Inspired by this, Achilles Ditesheim renamed and expanded the company as Movado, and there has been no looking back since.
Movado Watches - Always In Motion
While Movado kept producing watches over the first half of the 20th century with award-winning pieces such as the Movado Ermeto pocket watch, it wasn’t until the end of the Second World War that Movado and designer Nathan George Horwitt revolutionised the design of wristwatches. This innovation came about in 1947 when Nathan George Horwitt designed the Museum Watch. Sporting a minimalistic dial with no number and just a dot on the 12-hour mark signifying the noon sun, this design has gone on to become the signature Movado style. Such was the impact of this breathtaking design that in 1960 the Museum Watch became the first wristwatch to be inducted into the Permanent Art Collection section of the famed Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Unfortunately, like many Swiss companies, the 1970s Quartz Crisis affected Movado as well. However, the damage was minimal due to the intervention of the modern founder of the Movado Group, Gedalio ‘Gerry’ Grinberg. This Cuban-origin watch entrepreneur fled his native country in the 1960s to set up shop in the United States of America, and it was his company, the North American Watch Corp, that acquired Movado in 1983.
This move led to the establishment of the Movado Group, with the next decade seeing the company having many licensed brands under its wings. The likes of these companies include Hugo Boss, Scuderia Ferrari, La Coste, Tommy Hilfiger, and Coach. Of course, the intelligent decision from Gedalio of heavily promoting the Museum Watch collection led to millions of dollars in revenue, helping the group purchase firms like Concord, Ebel, Olivia Burton, and the millennial watch start-up MVMT.
Now, between their manufacturing factory in Switzerland, corporate offices in the USA and Switzerland, distribution occurring throughout the world and over 1300 employees, the Movado Group is a force to be reckoned with in the horological world.
Movado Watches - The Future Of Motion
Since their very inception, Movado has strictly adhered to the principle behind their name: staying in motion. With over 200 horological awards won worldwide and over 100 patents held, the company has always strived towards newer changes in design and watchmaking. Collections such as the Museum Classic, Vizio, Esperanza, Strato, and the Heritage Series only testify to these facts. The Modern 47 collection is a great expression of pop colours and contemporary art. Movado also has watches designed exclusively for women in the form of their Bangles collection. Steel case offerings like Series 800 diversify the collections of Movado even further.
The company’s quest to continuously move forward with innovation, technology, and design has made them the forerunners of change in the horological world. Thus, we can safely conclude that the future of Movado will always stay in motion!
Important Movado Collections
What is special about Movado?
Movado is an American luxury watch brand known for its elegant, minimalist timepieces that carry pleasing aesthetics and the signature dot at 12 o’clock. Also, the brand’s selection is quite versatile, with watches to complement every need and taste.
Which are the most popular Movado watch collections in India?
Movado Bold, Museum Classic, Series 800, 1881 Automatic, and Heritage are some of the most famous collections by the maison.
Where can I buy an authentic pre-owned Movado watch?
Second Movement is one of India’s leading platforms for buying pre-owned luxury watches with a wide and versatile selection. We guarantee 100% authenticity, a two-year warranty, and a seven-day easy return.
Where can I sell my Movado watch?
Selling your luxury watch is easy with Second Movement — one of India's most well-organised resale platforms. We have a simple four-step resell process and offer continued support to our customers throughout the journey. Know more.
Where can I get my pre-owned Movado watch serviced?
You can get your luxury watch serviced at Ethos Watch Care centre. Shop No 118-120, First Floor, Square One Mall, District Center Saket New Delhi - 110017 | Phone: +91 11 4142 1691, +91 93190 95793 | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | URL: https://www.ethoswatches.com/repair-and-service/