Movado 1950s Bumper Automatic Ref 11179 35MM FB Case Radium Patina Phoenix DialMovado
For auction is an early 1950s Movado Kingmatic (this is actually a pre-Kingmatic) ref 11179 never polished silver dial 35mm bumper automatic caliber 431A in a Francois Borgel case. Patina is a funny element in vintage watches. Personally I like (love) patina: I have no qualms in a watch showing its age and like it if it adds aesthetic value to the watch. Generally speaking it doesn't add aesthetic value...it is the rare piece that does. Which brings us to this unbelievable piece: the radium burn on the dial lacquer has made an incredible effect; it reminds me of a Phoenix. The overall effect though is extremely beautiful; the dial has a depth and richness that it never had without patina. It has morphed into something special and unique. Outside of the lovely dial patina this ref. 11179 is a terrific piece; the size is perfect, the case quality is A1 (as is the unpolished original finish) and the movement is accurate and high grade. The bumper movement also reminds you its there unlike most modern automatics. A truly wonderful watch.
Ref #: 11179
Diameter: 35 mm w/out crown, 37 mm w/crown, 43 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 18 mm strap)
Height: 12 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 42 grams
Movement: Movado caliber 431 A bumper automatic
Strap/Bracelet: High grade cognac color textured leather strap
Case: STAINLESS STEEL never polished with fixed domed bezel, screwback brushed caseback, drilled lugs
Dial: SILVER with major patina in the form of radium burn on the lacquer dial, dauphine sword hands
Condition: 80% (8.0 of 10): extremely gorgeous case and unusual interesting patina dial running well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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