In 1956, Movado introduced the Kingmatic series – an innovative and widely acclaimed new family of self-winding timepieces that remained popular through the 1970’s. Kingmatic was one of the world’s first wristwatches to have a self-winding movement and sweep seconds-hand both driven from a central rotor, marking a technological advancement in automatic timekeeping.
The original Kingmatics earned numerous Neuchâtel Observatory prizes for wristwatch chronometer performance between 1956 and 1966, including three consecutive wrist chronograph 1st prizes in 1956, 1957 and 1958. The first men’s Kingmatic was soon followed by other exceptional models including the Queenmatic for women and the men’s Kingmatic Calendoplan and Kingmatic Chronomètre models.
Kingmatic became a well-known and long-lived series which Movado celebrated with new namesake automatic models in 1998, and again as part of the 125th anniversary of the brand.