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Object Name Wristwatch
Catalog Number 1997.19
Collection Watch
Date 1997
Description Brief description: Gold (14 kt.) round quartz "unisex" wristwatch.
Round black dial with gold hands. The dial is completely plain except for a gold disk at 12 o'clock; the dial is covered with a completely flat sapphire crystal and has no markings on dial.
Black leather strap, original box, and instruction manual.
Producer name: Movado Watch Company
Production date: 1997
Made in: Europe, Switzerland
Dimensions: 38 millimeters (case)
Dial: none
Case (outside): 508465

Curator's comments:
This "Museum Sapphire" was created as part of the Movado "Black Sapphire" collection.
In 1960 Movado incorporated this design and exhibited it at the museum of modern art-hence it gained the name "museum watch."
The famous Movado Museum Watch dial was created by Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Influenced by the Bauhaus School, Horwitt distilled the watch dial down to its most basic components: hands and a dot at 12:00. Horwitt eventually reached an agreement with Movado in 1960. Movado used the fact that one of Horwitt's prototypes was on display at the Museum of Modern Art to market the new watch, hence the name Museum Watch. This Museum Sapphire has a yellow gold case and a completely flat sapphire crystal.

Maker Movado Watch Company
Place of Origin Grenchen, Switzerland
Notes Accessioned
Updated 7/10/14 by Andrea Leigh

Updated by Cara M. Lower 8/12/14
Serial Number(s) 508465