The Museum Dial watch from Movado, a design classic for today

The Swiss watch brand Movado is not well known in the Netherlands, and that is very unjustified in our opinion. Because the Museum Dial watch is famous all over the world and is a true design classic that is still relevant today.

What is the Museum Dial watch?

American designer Nathan George Horwitt was a supporter of the Bauhaus movement of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1947, inspired by the aesthetics of modernism, he created the original design of the watch that still forms the basis of the Movado watch collection.

Photo Movado Classic watch
▴ Classic watch with mesh strap

Photo by Nathan George Horwitt,
▴Nathan George Horwitt,

Photo of the original Museum dial watch
▴ The original watch from 1947

The most striking element of the dial is a lone dot at 12 o’clock, symbolizing the high sun at noon. The simple straight hands represent the movement of the earth.

This unique design was the first watch to be included in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1960. Since then the watch has been called the Museum Dial watch.

Classic design, still current

The design of this first Museum watch still looks very modern and continues to inspire young designers. From the base, the design has always been refined and brought up-to-date. In this way, the Museum Watch remains up-to-date and offers a wide choice of colors and bands for design enthusiasts.

Contemporary 47

The Modern 47 line is most closely related in shape to the original design, but completely contemporary. With a modern color scheme, beautifully incorporated in the dial and strap, the watch is available in 40 mm for men and 35 mm for women.

Photo Modern 47 watch

Photo Modern 47 watch

Museum Classic Mesh

The Museum Classic watch originally came with a leather or classic stainless steel strap. The new generation of this collection has modern metal mesh straps that look luxurious and fit comfortably on the wrist. The women’s model (28 mm) has a glossy white, blue or black mother-of-pearl dial on a mesh strap in yellow gold, rose gold or stainless steel. The men’s model (40 mm) has a dark blue or black lacquered dial framed with a polished stainless steel or black PVD coated case and bracelet.

Photo Movado Classic watch

Movado Classic mesh watch

Ultra Slim

The Ultra Slim collection combines the timeless design with a modern, slim silhouette. Completely on trend are the pastel shades and neutral colors that ensure that these watches match any outfit. Luxurious straps made of soft calf leather are super comfortable to wear. In this line, the men’s models are 40 mm and the women’s models are 35 mm.

Photo Movado Ultra-slim watch

Photo Movado Ultra-slim watch

Even more Movado watches

In addition to the new Modern 47, Classic Mesh and Ultra Slim lines, the Movado watch collection contains many more unique watches. From sleek chronographs to distinctive design watches with a concave dial and raised indices. View them online, or visit our Showroom in Rotterdam to experience these special watches for yourself.


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