A rare mens Movado Zenith Imperiale sports watch that was based on the iconic museum watch, which was designed by Nathan George Horwitt.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
According to Movado’s own website, this model was introduced in 1981. There do not seem to many about, so we can presume it dates from this year or very shortly after. Both adverts we found also dated from 1981, and both featured the stainless steel model.
This is an ultra thin watch, which were highly fashionable in the early Eighties as a way of showing how good you were as watchmakers, and this is about as thin as you are ever likely to get. The watch was made when Zenith, Movado and Mondia were a group, so the dial is signed Movado but the movement is branded Zenith, and the case back carries both names. The iconic design of the dial is carried onto the bracelet, and if you haven’t seen these in the flesh before you will be impressed. Each dot is actually concave, so looks slightly different in every light. Normally on the museum watch you just get a single dot at 12, but the Imperiale has the dots on the bezel and on each link. The case is gold plated and in good condition, save for a few tiny marks of wear. The bracelet is very good, and has been cleaned in our ultrasonic bath. Model number 50 0020 053, and the size would suit both men and women. (watches watches were a lot smaller in 1981!)
This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.
Please see the HD video for more detail.
Width with crown 32.4 mm
Width without crown 30.6 mm
Between lugs n/a
Lug to lug length 37.3 mm
Bracelet maximum length 192 mm
Thickness 4.5 mm
All sizes are approximate
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