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Model: Tempo-Matic Sub-Sea Automatic retailed by Bailey Banks & Biddle Co.; Swiss Made circa late 1960s
Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 34mm excluding the original signed Movado "M" winding crown
Strap: 18mm handmade tan calfskin strap with cream stitching and polished stainless steel tang buckle
Movement: Movado calibre self-winding automatic movement; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original eggshell dial with beveled/polished hour markers is signed by retailer Bailey Banks & Biddle Co.; original luminous hands; original center sweeping-seconds hand; unpolished 34mm stainless steel case with original signed crown; original domed acrylic crystal with Movado "M" logo etched in the center
Condition: Very nice original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; 34mm solid stainless steel case is unpolished with sharp beveled lugs; crisp screw-down caseback ("SUB SEA" remains clearly legible); excellent original eggshell dial with all Tritium lume plots present and aged to a gorgeous yellow hue; original Tritium hands with matching yellow luminous material; original domed acrylic crystal with Movado "M" logo etched in the center exhibits light wear
Other: Famous jewelry retailer Bailey Banks & Biddle Co. was originally founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with history dating all the way back to 1832. We were interested to learn that Bailey Banks & Biddle Co. was commissioned by the U.S. Government to update the Great Seal of the United States in the early 20th century - The design remains the official version of the seal today. The company also designed and produced many United States military medals that are still used today. They reportedly supplied the first 40,000 Purple Hearts awarded as well as class rings for West Point and Annapolis. Other military medals included the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star. Company history aside, we love watches with retailer signatures, a practice that is nearly extinct today. Watch collectors refer to these additional retailer signatures as "extra sauce" on the dial, which can increase a watch's market value by several multiples. However, this clean and simple 1960s Movado Tempo-Matic remains very affordable with a price tag well under a grand. The eggshell dial with vibrant yellow lume is absolutely beautiful. The svelte 34mm stainless steel case comes with sharp beveled lugs and can be dressed up or down. You're not going to run into anyone else wearing this watch!