Manual wind dress watches from the 1940s are unique in class and size – like this Movado Calibre 75 here – in particular when compared to watches today. They also bring a special charm to any formal occasion, and importantly, they can actually fit under the shirt cuff unlike some of the behemoths these days.
Movado made the Calibre 75 between circa 1930 and 1960, and was one of its flagship movements at the time – ensuing plentiful parts out there so you can enjoy this timepiece for generations to come.
Movado was founded as LAI Ditescheim & Freres SA in 1881 in La Chauz-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by Léopold Achille Isidore Ditesheim, and it changed its name to Movado in 1905. In 1983, the company was purchased by North American Watch Corp, founded by Gedalio Grinberh, a Cuban-born Jew, who fled Fidel Castro’s Marxist Revolution in 1960 with his family.
The Movado dial features excellent lume-filled Arabic numerals and droplets, and metallic blue chronograph and subdial hands. The dial shows a small visible amount of patina that only contributes to the vintage beauty of this watch.
This Movado comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
Early 1940s Movado Calibre 75 Mechanical Dress Watch
DIAL: Beautiful original black Movado-signed dial, with original hour, minute, and chronograph hands. Lume looks great!
CASE: Original 35mm (36mm w/crown) x 40mm case; plating remains complete, with no wear evident.
CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal is scratch-free.
BAND: Dark brown leather strap, with cream-colored accent stitching and stainless-steel hardware. This Movado comes with a dark blue, green, and white nylon NATO strap, also with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Manual wind 15 jewel movement, signed “Movado” and “CAL 75.” Seconds sub dial at six o’clock works well.
CROWN: Unsigned crown, likely not original Movado.