In 1881, a 19-year-old graduate of the watchmaking school Achille Ditesheim founded his own watchmaking company, which his three brothers soon joined. In 1905, a new, modern factory was built, and the company became known as Movado. Movado in the international language Esperanto means “always on the move.” Esperanto was very popular among European cosmopolitan circles, providing an interesting insight into Ditesheim’s vision.
In the first decade of the 20th century, when the market was still directed towards the production of pocket watches, Movado began to manufacture watches. The company became a pioneer in the production of miniaturized movements and in 1912 launched the Polyplan watch. Continue reading