A little blast from the past here brought to you by Movado
. This year's line up has a rich array of non Museum Watch styles including this admirable Series 800 Datron Chronograph in a 40mm wide steel case with an automatic ETA 2894-2 movement inside. The Movado Datron was originally a watch from 1970, and interestingly has a top mounted round date window that is similar to the "sun" dot on the iconic Movado Museum watch. The oblong case is exactly what you think of when you imagine watches from the era, and the chronograph pushers and crown are also retro in design. The watch is the first from Movado's Collector's Edition watches, so I anticipate more re-releases of classics from Movado's past.
The watch case and bracelet are in something called "Performance Steel" which is a trademarked term for probably some special alloy or steel with a coating to help keep it from scratching. I hope it is nothing like Old Navy's "Performance Fleece" as it is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the term. The dial comes in the shown black face with silver subsidiary dials, or the converse, which has a silver face and black subsidiary dials. Both are quite nice.
With a handsome retro look, high-grade ETA Swiss movement and utilitarian functionality, I think that the roughly $3000 price for this Movado Seires 800 Datron watch is a fair amount. Look for it in stores this month.
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