Vintage 1928 Movado Ermeto Certified Chronometer Very Rare Model
This is an early and rare transitional piece of the Movado Ermeto. First we have to take into account that this watch represents the first introduction and perhaps the most famous innovations, a self winding Ermeto Case. Is was not until 1929 onward that the case was redesigned permanently to also wind the watch during open and closing. This piece is in excellent condition and was made for the French market. The watch has all the correct hallmarks for a sterling silver watch (gold plating over sterling silver). Wrapped in alligator, with an original cream dial and applied gold numerals, this Ermeto was made to impress. Adapted from the Greek, the word "Ermeto" originally meant sealed. For Movado the hermetic term in no way meant air or water tight. The designation "Ermeto" for the second greatest success to date (1926) was only "intended to suggest protection of the watch against external influences" (p.74 von Osterhausen's "The Movado History" 1976.) As a collector of these revolutionary beauties, (they were originally advertised as the third era of watchmaking) I have found that each one has a character of its own. This particular one is hard to part with as it is one of the very first to receive chronometer status, one of the highest honors a watch mechanism can receive. Also, note the absence of a rear "kick stand" (my term, not theirs) which in later models was used to hold the timepiece upright. Don't let one of these rare first iteration piece pass you by.