Exclusive Timepieces, Sessions I, II, III 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

60 Movado Fine and Oversize, Calatrava-style, Military Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Mat Dial, Arabic Numbers and Seconds at 6

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Sold € 9,100

Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1938
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 17872–0681342
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The philosophy “always in motion” that is the transcription from Esperanto of Movado remained within the brand for all its history, which was constantly innovating in terms of styles and designs. The massive and solid example here offered is the epitome of simplicity and beauty with its stainless steel case with concave lugs and snap on the back. The large 40 mm “non-magnetic” chrome plated and steel back case is unusual in size for such a watch from the late 1930s and most likely intended for military use, but considering its big dimensions can be totally contemporary even today. The black matte dial doesn’t leave space to further decoration: the most important thing was the legibility and the big radium numbers clearly allow that to the owner. At 6 o’clock the subsidiary dial for constant seconds, externally a closed track for minutes and at 12 the small signature moved. The pencil hands recall the numbers with their luminous material. Elegantly preserved in the course of these over 80 years, the present watch is a stunning example of elegance yet efficient timepiece.