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Six movado watches that are great for work or play

Movado was founded in the late 19th century, when the Swiss watch industry was nearing its apex. A young watchmaker's assistant by the name of Achille Ditesheim set up shop in the Jura Mountains. With six full-time workers, he built his unnamed business into one of the top watchmakers in town.By 1897, the company had eighty full-time employees and an unblemished reputation. Even at a time when Swiss watchmakers were exporting around 60,000 watches each year, the company was one of the most successful businesses in the country. But it still needed a name.

Finally, after a quarter of a century of success, Ditesheim choose the name Movado. The word is Esperanto, the universal language, and it means "always in motion." The year was 1905, and the company had never been more popular. More than a century later, Movado remains one of the world's premier watchmakers. In this article, we will discuss six of their most popular and versatile timepieces.

The Museum Watch

It might seem a bit presumptuous to label a watch worthy of a museum, but it was only called that after the fact. You see, the Movado Museum Watch was designed by famous modern artist Nathan George Horwitt. His interpretation of the contemporary timepiece was so influential that it was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The original design has been on display since 1960. It was the first wristwatch ever awarded this honor.

What's so special about the Museum Watch? Its classic black dial and single gold marker at the twelve o'clock position started a trend toward simplicity and minimalistic design. The watch dial is round and the watch hands are slender and silver-toned. The design was based on the ancient sundial. A black calfskin strap, a stainless steel case, and a sapphire crystal watch cover make the Museum Watch well worth the asking price.

Luno

The Men's Luno watch was clearly influenced by its predecessor, the Museum Watch. It has the same black dial, the gold marker at the twelve o'clock hour, as well as the sapphire crystal watch cover. The two most obvious discrepancies between the close cousins are the bracelet and the hour hands. The Luno's bracelet is stainless steel, which makes it a slightly sportier version that can be worn at work or at play. The Luno also has gold-plated watch hands and a gold-plated bezel. Neither watch should be worn in the water, however, though they claim they are water resistant up to 99 feet.

Junior Sport Watch

Names can be misleading. Really, how many thousand dollar-sport watches have you seen? Sure, the Movado Sport Watch is well-designed. It's made from the same premium materials and components as most of their other watches. It has the stainless-steel watch case, the scratch-resistant sapphire dial, and the steel link band with clasp. Still, it's probably not a good idea to take it with you go white water rafting. The Junior Sport Watch is best admired in a warm, dry place. With its coruscating diamond hour indexes and it classic black dial, it is a timepiece that should be kept indoors.

S.E. Titanium

The S.E. Titanium is easily the most active Movado watch we have reviewed today. It has three subdials for accurate timekeeping and twelve hour markers. As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel”the case is titanium and the watchband is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o'clock position. The sapphire case protects the watch from water damage up to 30 meters.

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