At Baselworld this year, Movado showed its all-new collection of men’s automatic watches. The 1881 Automatic Collection combines familiar Movado design characteristics with elements of the brand’s revamped look – all with a reliable Swiss movement inside.
The 1881 Automatic is a three-hand watch with a date display at 6 o’clock. It has the spare, stark appeal that has characterized Movado ever since the “Museum” watch became the centerpiece of the brand in the 1980s. That watch, and those that followed it, were defined by the prominent concave dot at 12 o’clock. In recent years, Movado has moved beyond this completely minimalist design to incorporate some other elements on the dial.
Underneath this dial is an ETA 2824-2, a workhorse Swiss movement. This automatic caliber runs in 25 jewels and beats at 28,800 vph. It has Incabloc shock protection, a quick-set date mechanism, and a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.
The 1881 Automatic has a diameter of 39.5 mm and is 9 mm thick. It is cased in stainless steel and has an exhibition caseback to reveal the rotor. It is water resistant to 30 meters. The watch is available with a black dial or a blue dial; either of these versions costs $1,095. At $1,195, there is a black-dial model with a steel case finished in gold PVD, as well as gold-PVD hands and indexes. All come on a black calfskin strap with a pin buckle.