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Distinguished by a solitary gold dot at the twelve o’clock position representing the sun at high noon, the original Museum Watch was designed in 1947. Horwitt’s original design featured a plain black face and a white disk at twelve o’clock. Movado copied the design in 1948. Horwitt sued, and it took twenty seven years for the case to be settled. During this time, it was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, the first watch to be given such an honour, and at which point it became known by its current name.
In 1975, Movado finally settled with Horwitt for $29,000 and since Horwitt’s death in 1990 at the age of 92 (his last career being that of an organic farmer), Movado has heavily promoted Horwitt and his watch.
I first heard about the Museum Watch when I was fairly young. I’m not really sure how old I was exactly, but I think that I was probably around 10. The idea of it being the first watch accepted into MOMA appealed to me, and I determined that at some point, I’d get one.
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."