I was amazed how many people liked my gold Movado posted in the March vintage thread so I thought I would tell my story.
I always scan the local watch auction site and came across this 9ct. gold cased Movado so I went to see it.
The dial was in amazing condition for its age with only a ding on the first digit of the 12. Under a loupe there is patina evenly spread all over the dial so I knew that it was not a repainted dial. My watch maker has told me that the dial is silver.
The problem was the condition of the lugs, each had two parallel cuts at right angles on the upper surface and one had a similar cut underneath, no I can't imagine what had done that but perhaps the horrid gold plated expanding bracelet had something to do with it.
The watch wound smoothly and kept ticking all the time as I examined it and I knew a goldsmith who could repair the lugs so I decided to take a punt and my bid of £150 was the highest.
When I got home I could not free the movement from the case. I took it to my watchmaker who freed it and told me that the barrel wheel was rusted onto the case and that if it had been a steel case it would have been more serious. I feared the worst but he removed the rust and treated the wheel to prevent return.
After servicing (no worn out parts), including a new crown, the watch runs at +10s/day.
Meanwhile I took the case for repair which was achived by laser welding.
Two weeks later the movement was cased and a new Hirsch strap fitted.
What I would like to know is when was the M over the watch hands logo first used on Movado dials? The case is hallmarked London 1958 so the watch could have been made about that time. The movement is cal.125 and does not have this trade mark on it.
Perhaps I was lucky but sometimes one just has to take a punt.