Movado Watch Repairs and Services

Movado Watch Repairs & Services

The Movado philosophy encompasses three main ideals: a dedication to Swiss craftsmanship, excellence is design, and to quest for technological innovation. These ideals are just as prominent in the company today as they are when the entrepreneurial Achille Ditescheim – then 19 years old – founded the workshop that would become Movado in 1881. The location as the village of La Chaux-de-Fonds, recognised at the birthplace and national centre of Swiss watchmaking.

At Repairs By Post, we aim to not only meet but exceed the same standard of craftsmanship and ingenuity that Ditescheim showcased when setting up his own workshop. Every Movado watch repair or watch service is dealt with an incredible level of patience, skill, and detail, ensuring that the quality of work that goes into the design and creation of each Movado watch is maintained through and after our watch service.

Movado timepieces are not only exquisite examples of technical capability and craftsmanship; they are also sumptuous items of original design.

Movado have a reputation for pushing the boundaries of watch design, from their watch strap designs to their instantly recognisable Horwitt-design dial.Since becoming Movado in 1905, the company has achieved a legacy of design innovation, earning more than 100 patents and 200 international awards for artistry and innovation in watch design and time technology. Movado timepieces have won world reknown for their unique beauty and timeless design.

Get in touch today to discuss all Movado watch repairs and watch services. Each Movado sent to us gets treated with the care, dedication, and respect, delivering a high standard of service that will be guaranteed to satisfy the customer. We understand that watches are incredibly personal and sentimental items. As such, we treat each as though it is an extension of the individual. No matter the scale of the job, our love for horology means that a great amount of time, skill, and pride goes into each watch service. Whether your Movado watch needs a new watch strap or watch band, a battery replacement, or a full watch service, we have the skills and expertise necessary to carry out the repair.

A History of Movado Watches

1881 – Achille Ditescheim sets up his first workshop at the age of 19 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Ditescheim, who had just completed his training at a watchmaking school in the village, employed 6 craftsmen in his workshop. The 3-story house at No. 13, Rue 1er Mars, which contained the workshop still stands today.

1890 – The business, mainly specialising in movements and pocket watches, grows quickly, now employing 30 workmen.

1897 – The payroll has reached 80.

1905 – This is the year that Movado as it is now known began. At the famed Liege Exposition in Belgium, Ditescheim’s young company – having already won a silver medal in Paris in 1900 – is awarded the gold medal for creativity, quality, and design. In the same year, the company adopts the name “Movado”, meaning “always in motion” in Esperanto. They also build and move into a larger, modern factory on the outskirts of La chaux-de-Fonds. The image of an uplifted hand holding an open pocket watch becomes the company’s logo.

1912 – Movado release the 1912 Polyplan. Already known for their wristwatches, it is the revolutionary design of the Polyplan that captures the attention of the Swiss watchmaking industry, earning Movado a patent. The Polyplan is the first of the “form” movements; specifically designed for elongated, curved timepieces, a style that was the haute couture pre-WW1.

1925 – The Movado factory in La Chaux-De-Fonds has been focussing primarily on pocket watches. This year, a new style is born. April marks the start of the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, a World’s fair held in Paris that will run through until October; this is the exposition that will give birth to the name “Art Deco”, an up and coming style characterised by streamlined classicism with geometric and symmetric compositions that embodies the new machine age. Movado pick up on the trend, and begin to incorporate this new style into designs.

1926 – The Ermeto is released. A daring step away from the classic pocket watch, this is one of the first made-to-travel timepieces developed. The design features a rectangular case that slides open to reveal the dial. The sliding action of the case is also designed to wind the watch, earning Movado yet another revolutionary patent.

1930’s – The rise of the digital. The early Movado Digital Watch, which has an innovative display of both hours and minutes, is introduced. Digital displays rise in popularity, mechanical precursors to the futures liquid crystal equivalents.

1946 – A new era of Movado design, ushered in by the release of the Calendomatic, a self-winding wristwatch with full calendar function. Featuring month and day dial apertures, a central date indicating, a centre mounted sweeping seconds hands, and automatic winding, the Calendomatic represents a first of its kind. It soon becomes the flagship of the Movado brand.

1947 – The first sighting of the now-famous Movado Museum watch.  It traces its roots to the modern design movement and group of artists who founded the Bauhaus school in 1919. “Simplicity, tastefulness, function” was the dictum. The Museum watch encompasses all these philosophies. With only a single gold dot at the noon position on a black background, designed by American artist Nathan George, the dot represents the sun at high noon and the movement of the hands the rotation of the earth.

1950 – This is the year the Calendoplan is introduced. At a time when extravagance was at a premium, when digital watches are rising in popularity, no one expected a thinner, streamlined wristwatch to enter the market. This is exactly what Movado approach the market with; the Calendoplan. Simplicity is key here – Movado have just sparked the thin watch revolution.

1970 – The Datron is the leading Movado watch this year. With a classic tonneau-shaped case and a wild-winding movement, the Daltron is available with a range of different dial.

1983 – Gedalio Grinberg and acquires a struggling Movado for his watch conglomerate.

1987 – Launch of the Movado artists’ series. It begins as a suggestion to artist Andy Warhol that he use the watch as an art medium. The watch he designs – the “Andy Warhol ‘Times 5’” – is produced posthumously. It becomes the first issue in a series of commissioned, limited edition timepieces designed by luminaries of the 20th century.

1996 – Movado unveil the Vizio, a visionary new expression of Movado’s unwavering commitment to innovation in design. Balanced and technically brilliant, the concept behind the design is to achieve a balance of content and form.

2000 – The futuristic rework of the Movado Museum worked in either stainless steel or two-tone models for men and women, it possesses a casual attitude towards luxury and elegance, this watch is the shape of time to come in modern design.

2001 – Release of the Elliptica. A tribute to the early Movado Polyplan, this beautiful metallic watch has a gracefully curved case and striking linear dial, and is curved to follow the wrist.

2003 – Resurgence of the Movado Museum with the Movado Museum Automatic.

2006 – Movado introduces the M125 as a celebration of 125 years of watchmaking success and innovation. Although having a clean and modern design aesthetic, this distinctive timepiece also offers the appeal of a timeless classic.

2010 – The launch of the Movado BOLD, an iconic Movado design is re-imagined for the fashion-savvy, on-trend consumer.

Common Movado Watch Repairs

Some of the common watch repairs and watch services we undertake at Repairs By Post on Movado watches are:

  • Clean and polish service
  • Refitting glass
  • Dial replacement
  • Hand replacement
  • Watch battery replacement
  • Bezel and band refurbishment
  • Breguet mechanical service
  • Bezel replacement
  • Watch strap replacement.

Work Quality in Line with the Legacy of Movado Watches

Movado justifiably have a reputation for innovation in both watch technology and watch design. The watch straps, watch faces, and general watch design have all garnered praise from both the horological and design industries over an extended period of time. Here at Repairs By Post, we share the same view towards quality work. Every watch repair and watch service, from a simple watch strap replacement to a full watch service, is undertaken with the utmost care and skill. Your watch is guaranteed to return in pristine working condition.

The Movado Museum – A Classic Movado Watch

The Movado Museum is perhaps the most recognisable of the Movado watch collection. Having evolved into several different styles and themes over time, the first iteration was introduced in 1947. Designed by American artist Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Its design traces its roots to the beginning of the modern design movement and the group of international artists who founded the Bauhaus School in 1919.

The original design for the Movado Museum watch has stood the test of time. A circular gold bezel encompasses a black watch face. The watch hands are also golden, and the only detailing on the watch face is a single gold dot at the 12 o’clock position. “The single gold dot represents the sun at high noon,” said Nathan Horwitt, “and the spinning hands represent the motion of the earth”. The design is finished with a black leather watch strap.

The watch was selected to be included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1960. This is when it gained its now iconic name, the Movado Museum watch. These days, variations of the watch are included in museum collections all over the world, and the single gold dot on a black background remains unrivalled in the history of design within timekeeping.