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    Question Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Hi, I need help to identify my grandfather's watch!

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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    hi, very nice watch your Grandfather left you!
    These pics are from a 1946 Movado catalogue, and your watch looks like a later model of the "Compteurs", maybe from the 1950's-1960's.




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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Hi Luiscabus,

    Are you able to take the back of the watch off and show us the movement. You may have caliber 95 ticking away inside. Wont know for sure till we see it.

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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Quote Originally Posted by James A View Post
    Hi Luiscabus,

    Are you able to take the back of the watch off and show us the movement. You may have caliber 95 ticking away inside. Wont know for sure till we see it.

    Regards,

    Hi, can you help me do that? I don't know how to open it's back :S

    I tried twisting, but it won't open easily, maybe I need some special tool?

    Tried looking for a video, but can't find any.


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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Well, there's a special wrench needed for that type of a caseback, but a friction (sticky) watch case opener ball should do the trick. If you intend to collect watches, you might want to get a wrench and a ball (or just the ball), and a case knife. If you only want to identify this particular watch, and have no intention of collecting, simply bring it to a watchmaker, and he should open the case for you- just make sure he doesn't want money for that! If the watch has been lying around for a long time, and you don't know when was it serviced, you will need to take it to a watchmaker for a service anyway.

    That's a beautiful watch by the way, in a great condition. If the crystal isn't cracked, it just needs to be polished out. And, of course, the movement has to be cleaned, oiled, and adjusted.
    It's definitely from the 1960s- because, as indicated by the "T" next to "Switzerland", it has tritium lume.
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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Possibly through the front access, as I see no way of removing the case back with a wrench, and I doubt this was a press in back. May be wrong about that though.
    Agree with 1960's, MKWS.

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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    It's definitely not press-in, but it's not a front-loader either, IMO. If you look carefully, especially around 6 and 12 o'clock positions on the caseback, you'll notice that it seems to be screw-in, similar to the casebacks used in the Zenith Pilot and the Defy.
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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    It's definitely from the 1960s- because, as indicated by the "T" next to "Switzerland", it has tritium lume.
    "definitely" - but tritium lasted till late 90s
    This watch could never be from 70S
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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    I've said "definitely" as there was a dilemma whether it's from the 1950s or the 1960s. So, choosing between these two possibilities...
    This watch is pretty far from what Movado was making in the 1970s...Or rather what they were making since they became a part of Mondia-Zenith-Movado in 1969. Of course, I believe that there are many signs that this watch is from the 1960s other than the tritium lume- but that doesn't necessarily mean that I have to list them all. I'm merely helping to date this watch, not writing a master's thesis here. You're picking holes in what I say with a persistence worthy of a better cause.
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    Re: Need help to identify MOVADO Sub-Sea Vintage

    At a guess early 60's as this is when I would expect tritium to appear - this design goes back into the 50's as well...caliber 95M...Many early examples are signed Switzerland...

    P.S looks nice and original and love the little squiggly hands (2) on the sub dials....

    Very nice and worth a service...enjoy...
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