Movado 6B/159 serial numbers?

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Hallibag
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Movado 6B/159 serial numbers?

Post by Hallibag » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:31 pm

Hi,

It's my understanding that, prior to 1963, Movado wristwatches had six-digit serial numbers, that started with the movement caliber number and then counted up sequentially from there; i.e., the first Cal.150-powered watch would be 150001, the one thousand and first 151001, etc. Yet, I notice that a 1940 Movado 6B/159 I have has a five-digit serial, while a 1942 6B/159 has a seven-digit number! Both have Cal.75 movements and stainless steel cases.

Here are photos of the inside of the casebacks:

1940 model, serial #82520:

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1942 model, serial #0085520:

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As if Movado's serial numbering system wasn't complicated enough, perhaps there were exceptions to the six-digit rule?

Any guidance would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave

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Re: Movado 6B/159 serial numbers?

Post by zafbasha » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:35 pm

I wish I could answer your questions, but over the years I have not jotted down any movado serial numbers, at least not in enough quantity to answer your question, sorry! I might be able to dig up some 6B/159 ones if that helps.

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Re: Movado 6B/159 serial numbers?

Post by Hallibag » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:16 pm

Thanks for your reply, Zaf. Nobody seems to undestand Movado's
pre-1963 serial numbering system - not even Movado! I was in touch with them recently, hoping they might be able to provide some historical information about a watch, but they had nothing. In fact, my contact didn't even recognize their pocket-watch-in-a-hand trademark. :(

Now,I notice photos in my original message seem to have disappeared for some reason, so here they are again.

1940-issued non-Weems 6B/159, with five-digit serial:
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1942- issued 6B/159, with seven-digit serial:
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It looks to me like the '40 is missing a zero from the front of its serial number, while the '42 seems to have gained an extra one. Why, I have no idea!

Dave

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