1960s Movado Super Sub Sea chronograph
In 1905, brothers Leopold and Isidore Ditesheim moved production to new facilities and named their brand Movado, which means “always on the move” in Esperanto. The watches produced by the brothers left their mark in the 20th century with their success in chronometric and performance watchmaking competitions. Movado released water-resistant wristwatches as early as 1935, and by the 1960s was producing dive watches to compete with the era’s better-known offerings from brands such as Rolex or Omega
Dating from the early 1960s, the Super Sub Sea is a sumptuous model, with a large and solid 40 mm case. Its reverse-panda dial, its rotating bezel, and its prominent pushers make an impressive look on the wrist. The most appreciable aspect of this piece is its conservation and its unique patina. The patina of the dial combined with the ageing of the tritium indexes gives the watch a sublime appearance. The black of the dial tends towards a nice grey/blue colour, which is complemented by the creamy patina of the luminescent hands and dots.
Mechanically the watch is powered by a manual-winding Calibre 146HP. It is worth niting that it features the correct Movado handset, including the Cairelli-like chrono hand, often replaced by incorrect Zenith or generic model on these watches.