Movado Datron HS360 Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
In the midst of all the horological icons (Speedmasters, GMTs, Cartier Tanks and the like) that we are fortunate enough to handle every day, one of the most rewarding parts of doing what we do is discovering lesser known vintage timepieces and seeing what makes them tick (pun intended!). Most of the time the pieces we come across are less than desirable for one reason or another, but every so often one comes along that simply blows us away, and we can't wait to share it with our colleagues, friends and fellow enthusiasts.
Coming from the 1970s, this awesome Movado diver's chronograph has totally slipped under the radar of most enthusiasts, and while we knew of their existence, we admit we had never seen one in the metal - a testament to their true rarity!
At least three distinct elements go into making this unusual chronograph an awesome piece worthy of your attention:
Firstly, the design is totally vintage, replete with a sharply beveled case, unidirectional rotating bezel, pointed crown guards, and a "ladder" style bracelet. Despite is impressive 43mm size (including crown guards), the case remains at a relatively thin 14.95mm thickness from case back to crystal, and its heft is spread evenly across the wrist, making it comfortable and very wearable even on smaller wrists.
Secondly, the detailing on the watch is very impressive. With touches ranging from subtly recessed subsidiary registers to its 12:00 date window (with quick-set!) and signed crown, this is a high quality watch from a brand that no longer makes quality watches (Movado - not Zenith!). And to that final point, the watch is actually double signed by both brands - a very unusual finishing touch we haven't seen before on any other example of this model - even in pictures. More information on their interesting collaboration can be found HERE in this great article by Jason Heaton over at Hodinkee.
Finally, the movement inside this piece is none other than the legendary El Primero by Zenith. One of the world's first automatic chronograph units, the El Primero is a high-beat mechanical movement that is still in use today. Launched in 1969, Zenith made their movements available to a few other manufactures. Unfortunately, Movado isn't much more than a fashion brand today, but back in the day they clearly didn't fuck around, and selected some impressive movements for their line. "Off-Brand" timepieces are often a great value for collectors, and this is no exception. Early El Primero powered chronographs are incredibly hot on the market, yet this one slips under the radar.
All in all, this is an extremely good looking and incredibly rare high end chronograph with a great story available for the price of a second hand Datejust.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
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Movado Datron HS360 Chronograph