Before & After #163 – Special Edition: The History of Movado

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The Restoration Of a Classic Movado Museum Watch

Before & After #163 Movado Quartz Museum Watch Model # 9047059 Restored Internal and External Parts

Welcome back to another before & after restoration spotlight! Unfortunately, we don’t have an ASMR video this time on this repair, however, we do delve into the history behind Movado and this classic watch design!

We recently received this Movado timepiece with the repair note request: “The minute hand fell off of the twisting mechanism and needs to be repaired.”

The owner of the watch also mentioned that they’d “like to replace the face” since it had “lots of scratches.”

Before #163 Front Angle of Movado Museum Watch Showing All Crystal Scratches Prior to Replacement

Our team immediately understood their requests, and gave this elegant timepiece a watch crystal replacement, a complete overhaul for its quartz movement, and hand repair. This beautiful Movado was then given a complimentary polishing. Afterwards, our team made sure to monitor the watch for 72 hours by our Quality Assurance Team to ensure that everything was functioning properly.

Every timepiece that enters our secure facility receives this level of attentive care, and we strive to be transparent about what happens in our repair spotlights. Moreover, we’re very excited to share more about the story behind the actual brand of the watch, especially with this watch model being the most iconic design, the classic Museum with the “High Noon” mark.

Before #163 Top Side Angle of Movado Museum Watch Prior to Restoration
Before #163 Close Up Top Angle of Movado Museum Watch with Broken Hands and Scratched Crystal

The Timeless Elegance of Movado: A Journey Through History

Movado, a name synonymous with luxury and minimalist design, has a rich history that spans over a century. From its humble beginnings in Switzerland to becoming a global icon in watchmaking, Movado’s journey is a testament to innovation, craftsmanship, and artistic vision.

In 1881, a 19-year-old visionary entrepreneur named Achille Ditesheim founded Movado when he opened a small workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Originally known as LAI Ditescheim & Frère SA, the company quickly established a reputation for precision and quality. In 1905, the company adopted the name “Movado,” meaning “always in motion” in Esperanto, reflecting its commitment to forward-thinking design and innovation.

1881 Movado Archilles Ditesheim Founder of Movado

The early 20th century saw Movado making significant strides in watchmaking. One of the company’s groundbreaking creations was the Polyplan watch in 1912, featuring a curved movement designed to fit the natural curvature of the wrist—a true marvel of its time. Movado’s most iconic design emerged in 1947 with the creation of the Museum Watch by American industrial designer Nathan George Horwitt.

1947 Movado Museum Dial Iconic High Noon Design
1994 Movado Bauhaus Anniversary Limited Edition Museum Watch

This watch, with its stark black dial and a single gold dot at 12 o’clock symbolizing the sun at high noon, became a design legend. In 1960, it was officially added to Movado’s collection and later included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, cementing Movado’s reputation as a leader in modern watch design.

The acquisition of Movado by North American Watch Corp. in 1983, under the leadership of Gedalio Grinberg, marked a new era of growth and expansion. This strategic move allowed Movado to broaden its global reach and diversify its product offerings, including women’s watches, jewelry, and accessories. In the 21st century, Movado has continued to innovate, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. The introduction of smartwatches and hybrid watches showcases Movado’s ability to evolve while staying true to its core values of elegance and simplicity.

1905 Movado Company Building
1912 Movado Polyplan

Movado’s legacy is one of timeless elegance and relentless innovation. The brand’s minimalist design ethos, combined with its commitment to quality, has made it a revered name in the world of luxury watches. Today, Movado continues to inspire with its unique timepieces, maintaining its position as a symbol of sophistication and style. From its origins in Switzerland to its status as a global icon, Movado’s journey is a testament to the enduring power of visionary design and innovation. As the company moves forward, it remains ever true to its name—always in motion, always creating, and always inspiring.

Honoring the Movado Standard at My Jewelry Repair

Our recent partnership with Movado as an authorized repair service marks a significant milestone for My Jewelry Repair, underscoring our commitment to upholding the tradition of horological excellence. This collaboration highlights our mutual dedication to quality, preserving the legacy of Movado’s innovative design and craftsmanship for future generations.

If you own a Movado watch in need of repair, let us help you restore its timeless elegance and return it to its rightful place on your wrist.

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Before #163 Close Up Side Angle of Movado Museum Watch with Broken Hands Prior to Repair
Before #163 Back of Movado Museum Watch Model # 9047059 Prior to Restoration


After #163 Restored Movado Quartz Museum Watch Model # 9047059 After Premier Watch Servicing
After #163 Back of Restored Movado Quartz Museum Watch Model # 9047059 Serviced by Certified Watchmakers

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