Vintage 1960's-70's Movado Datron Sub-Sea MS360 Stunning Panda Dial Caliber 3019PHC
The Movado Datron of any vintage iteration is considered a cult watch and grail piece for many collectors. This Datron is no exception and has highly desirable features. The black dial with white sub-dials happens to be one the most desirable; and with all original elements, this piece is a collectors dream. The Datron HS360, which first appeared in late 1969 or early '70 with the name Datachron HS360, had much of the same elements as the Zenith counterpart, and of course that fantastic 3019PHC El Primero derived movement, beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour and capable of tracking elapsed time down to 1/10th of a second. The El Primero movement in Zenith watches touted 31 jewels, while most Movados were made with 17 jewels (like this one) to reduce import duties based on jewel count, and to provide a more price friendly watch to American consumers. The 38 mm, tonneau-shaped case is still a good fit and look for today's era; and the sub dials don’t overlap on the dial like the Zenith, making it a more readable and attractive chronograph. The Datron HS360 was available in a steel or gold case, with white or black dials and a bracelet option. Most sported panda contrasting sub dials, either black on white or white on black. The condition of this watch is outstanding. Let's take a look: original near mint untouched dial with the prefered black back-drop & white sub-dials, original signed crown, super clean movement (just serviced April 2018), contains one of the best chronograph movements ever produced, top date indicator, original pushers and engraved caseback establishing provenance. This Datron is presented on a new genuine black leather strap with contrast white stitching. All chronograph functions work perfectly; as a side note I purposely did not center the central hand so that the date window could be clearly shown. Overall, this is one of the best examples out there. These rare treasures are still at an attractive price point considering other cult chronographs; and I believe can only appreciate in value. Advert in my photos does not come with the watch. This is another piece we expect to sell quickly so get it while you can; we see other comps well into the $4,000+ range.