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The Legendary Movado Polyplan - Who has one?

  1. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Apr 14, 2021

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    Another one with a nice dial. I think it is fair to assume that (at least part of the) original dials looked similar to this one.

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  2. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Apr 14, 2021

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    This one in 18K white gold is my favorite so far, unfortunately it is a re-dial but the combination of white gold case, applied white gold breguet numerals rather than luminous just looks so amazing, and if you had it on the bracelet also in white gold that a few of them still have it would look absolute spectacular.

    https://www.hashtagwatchco.com/prod...gold-large-size-enamel-rectangular-wristwatch

    Given the rarity, the attractiveness of the watch overall and the fact that the case shape and the movement are really the key factors that make these watches so special I think I’d actually be down for a redial like this, beggars can’t be choosers.
     
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  3. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Apr 15, 2021

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    Fully agreed. Too rare to be very picky. I think there are 2 dial variations: the one above and the one with the Breguet like numbers. In the patent they used the one above. Some (poor) pics from the Movado book:

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  4. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Apr 15, 2021

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    The remark about the highest movement number being 1.471 and that should then indicate the total production of 1.500 is based on nothing I'm afraid. I found 5 movement numbers higher than that - highest 1.576 - and the lowest I found is 208 so I still think a total production of 1.000 is more likely.

    Based on the about 50 records I found (basically more but there will be double counts) that assumes that about 5% is to be publicly found on the internet. Comparing this with my Universal records, which indicate productions runs of 250-500 pieces, I think these numbers are in the same range. Interesting stuff.
     
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  5. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Apr 15, 2021

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    Well after some more research I think 1.600 may be the number produced :D Tank number based om serials is 1.617 and on movements 1.598 so the plot thickens.

    Lowest serial I found is 400.221 and highest is 401.756. I now have 38 records with serial and/or movement number and visuals. BTW: the lowest serials are on tonneau shaped watches without sub seconds and roman numbers.

    Furthermore I found some nice period advertising (on this page: https://forum.chronomania.net/mix_entry.php?id=133308#.YHhW0OgpmUm) a.o. showing original dials (no swiss(!)).

    And finally some nice pics. Perhaps coolest of them all the personalised watch of actor (a.o.) Ken Murray

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  6. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Apr 21, 2021

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  8. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer May 5, 2021

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    According to the auction house not sold :D
     
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  9. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer May 26, 2021

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    Anyone a clue what this was? For sale at an auction in Uruguay. Not described as Movado or Polyplan. A similar movement was sold on EBay: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ultra-antique-movado-polyplan-style-41160615. However that was (according to seller) marked Movado. This one was not. Or at least: not that I could see it. Anyway: in the end I did not bid. Watch was sold for USD 150 excl fee. Not much but bankwire only and by the time it arrives in Europe it will be almost triple in price. Then still a ladies watch which needs to be serviced and most likely redialled.

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  10. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 4, 2021

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  12. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 6, 2021

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    @cineaste sold just/just sold? What am I missing?
     
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    Edited, maybe my joke is clearer now
     
  14. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 6, 2021

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    As in: cheap? Perhaps. No clue what it would take to find a crown.

    I would like to own one I think but have never seen one in the flesh. And given that I am not in need of more watches and this one was in the USA at a big auction house made me decide not to proceed. According to the auction house there was a reserve anyway and it now appears that that was not the lowest amount of the estimate.
     
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  15. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jun 29, 2021

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    It may be a Gallet: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224191682956?hash=item3432dd998c:g:UzoAAOSwejpff09rPurchases made through these links may earn this site a commission from the eBay Partner Network

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  16. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jul 8, 2021

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    And it was back :)

    Also 2 others in the rebound
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  17. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jul 8, 2021

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  18. Mark020 not the sharpest pencil in the ΩF drawer Jul 8, 2021

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    Well: I now have a database of about 70 of them and there is none of which I am sure the dial is original....
     
  19. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jul 8, 2021

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    Yea I was kind of afraid of that. The engineering is cool as hell, the water proofing… not exactly
     
  20. Kay13 Aug 8, 2021

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    Interesting. Thannks for sharing.