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Need help trying to ID this baby. I bought it new 40 years ago.

Inside case says "352 284 085" under Movado logo, which I assume is the model number.

Below that is "0001974" which I assume is the serial number.

Black dial with no markings or the typical Movado lettering.

Only mark on the back is "14 K GOLD" with the Movado logo stamped next to it.... very small stamp.

A friend said it was rare, possibly built for the MOMA selection process in 1960.

He said its an ETA mechanical movement modified to look like a Movado movement.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Have a picture of the front of the watch?
 

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Here is their toll free number, I couldn't bring anything up with that model number.
1(800) 810-2311

They may be able to give you some info on that watch.
 

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Thanks for the reply, Sportscenterisnext.

Here's a pic of the front.

Movado Customer Service can't help unless I send them the watch, which I'm reluctant to do since Fedex lost my grandfather's watch in transit to my son.
 

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DenFromNM wrote:
Here is their toll free number, I couldn't bring anything up with that model number.
1(800) 810-2311

They may be able to give you some info on that watch.
Movodo's customer service is beyond useless, when it comes to models not currently in production or within 5 years of last run.
 

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Does it say 19 jewels on the movement?

If it does it's probably the Movado calibre 1731.

The Movado calibre 1731 is based on the Zenith calibre 1731.

If you bought it between 1972 and 1978 this is probably right.

Since the caseback says 14k gold I guess we assume it's white gold.

Don't think they would mark it gold if it was plated. (who the heck plates things in white gold anyway?:))

Is it valuable?

Who knows you would have to take it to get appraised.

Don't think it's real rare, but hey, you never know.
 

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Thanks, TC.

It is white gold, although it faintly shows yellow gold on the back where it has worn through.

It is 17 jewels, not 19. Bought new in 1971.

A horologist told me in 1982 that it may be one of 17 prototypes or artist's proofs assembled for the selection process for MOMA's Collection, but I haven't been able to document it.

He said the lack of any Movado markings made it likely that it was not manufactured for sale.

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Movado and Zenith were sister companies from '72 to '78.

Being that this is from '71 I'd say that it might not be the movement I thought.

Sorry.
 

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OK. Here is what the case refernce number 352.284.085denotes. FYI This numbering system was used by Movado from 1966 to 1971.


352 = Zenith calibre 1730 (19J). Are you sure this is the original movement or might it have been replaced? The calibre352 was made for Movado by Zenithfor the USA market. Zenith also made Movado's 357 calibre which was the 1730 with 17J and I suspect that is what is currently in your watch. http://www001.upp.so-net.ne.jp/hr-endo2/zenith_mv.html

284 = 28 denotes 14K white gold case.....4 denoted round case

085 = 0 denotes ordinary crystal.....85 denotes the serial number of the individual watch within its own calibre



Also, as far as I am aware, the watch in the collectionofNYMOMA is one of the original 3 prototypes made for Horwitt by VC-LC in 18K white gold and it has a LeCoultre movement.
 

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I found this info in the 2009 Complete Price Guide To Watches. The one they have pictured looks very similiar. Here's the very brief description:
MOVADO,17 Jewels,"Museum" date, at 12o'clock 14k C&B
Pricing- $500.00 $900.00 $1000.00 depending of course on condition.
 

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kevco wrote:
I found this info in the 2009 Complete Price Guide To Watches. The one they have pictured looks very similiar. Here's the very brief description:
MOVADO,17 Jewels,"Museum" date, at 12o'clock 14k C&B
Pricing- $500.00 $900.00 $1000.00 depending of course on condition.
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Need help identifying my fathers old Movado

Hi all, I need some help trying to identify what model Movado my father passed down to me. On the back it has the following numbers which I believe may be the technical reference number: 81-42-350 V59. It was purchased in 1987/1988 timeframe.
 

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Hi! I have a vintage movado and the inside looks like that too!! How do you change the battery?! Lol
That is a mechanical movement meaning it uses a spring for run, no battery. It is wound up manually spinning the crown. If it won’t run, it may need servicing, so I would take it to a Movado dealer/jeweler.


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