Movado. A stainless steel patent waterproof rectangular wristwatchCase no. 455991 / 12265, supplied by Taubert & fils (François Borgel), patented 1939
Lot 113
Movado. A stainless steel patent waterproof rectangular wristwatchCase no. 455991 / 12265, supplied by Taubert & fils (François Borgel), patented 1939
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£920 - 1,500

Lot Details
Movado. A stainless steel patent waterproof rectangular wristwatchCase no. 455991 / 12265, supplied by Taubert & fils (François Borgel), patented 1939
Movado. A stainless steel patent waterproof rectangular wristwatch
Case no. 455991 / 12265, supplied by Taubert & fils (François Borgel), patented 1939
17-jewel manual winding movement, bimetallic balance with flat spring, rectangular matte white dial with raised gilt arabic numerals, blued steel hands hands, subsidiary seconds, within a steel 2-piece case held together with sliding panels on the sides and fitted with an inner cuvette, associated leather strap, case, dial and movement signed by Movado, case with Borgel trademark. 23mm

Footnotes

  • Taubert & fils, successors to the firm of innovative case makers founded in the 19th century by François Borgel were instrumental in the development of the waterproof wristwatch. In addition, they were among the first to manufacture stainless steel cases. Their 1932 design for a 10-sided screw down case back was adopted by Patek Philippe among others. It proved to be both effective and easy to open and close. The present watch is novel design devised in 1938 for use with the newly fashionable rectangular wristwatch case.

    See: François Borgel, Louisa Borgel, and the Taubert Family – Watchcase Makers of Geneva, Part One by David Boettcher, NAWCC Bulletin, September / October 2012.
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