1960s Movado Super Sub Sea Diver (Ref. 206-704-501) With Booklet and Hangtag
Movado released water-resistant wristwatches in the mid-1930s, by the early 1960s Movado was producing dive watches to contend with the era's greater-known offerings from names like Rolex, Omega, Heuer & Tudor. The Super Sub Sea is one of the most desirable Movado dive watches to come from the brand during this era. family. The Super Sub Sea Chronograph like the example we are featuring here at Craft & Tailored is an absolute rarity.
The earliest variations of this chronograph contain the M95 movement that was first developed by Piguet which has the distinction of being the first modular chronograph movement ever produced. At first glance, you may think that this is a Zenith reference A277 as the Movado Ref. 206-704-501 looks almost identical. But a little known fact is that both Zenith and Movado were both manufactured under the same parent company in the 1960s.
This specific Movado features the impressive 17 jewel Zenith 146-HP movement, which is also used in the Zenith Super Sub Sea Ref. A277 as well as a variety of other chronographs from this era. This was the last manual wind movement caliber by Zenith-Movado before being superseded by the automatic El Primero movement.
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The case remains in excellent condition, showing little wear and displaying the original chamfers down the lug. The original bezel remains unpolished and retains its original factory finishing. The insert remains in flawless condition, retaining its original tritium filled pearl at the 12 o'clock position and has taken on a nice subtle fade. The case retains its original crystal with the Movado logo centered in the middle of the crystal. The watch retains its original pushers and Movado signed cross-hatch crown. The case back remains unpolished with the "SUPER SUB SEA" engraving clearly visible. The watch will come on NATO strap, but also comes with its original Movado strap buckle.
The excellent matte black dial with white sub-dials is in remarkable condition. The tritium lume plots have taken on a lovely yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection the dial shows no lume degradation. The original tritium lume dauphine hands remain in excellent condition and have aged slightly differently than the dial lume and they exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
The watch comes with its original bezel for a 2pc leather strap. The watch is keeping time and running perfectly, previous service history is unknown.