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Watch & Learn: Derek Jeter’s Movado Museum

The legendary shortstop’s sporty chronograph

All eyes were on shortstop Derek Jeter last weekend as he made his last appearance in Yankee pinstripes. Amongst the season’s many tributes to Jeter, watchmaker Movado introduced the Captain Series of three limited edition timepieces commemorating the player’s career.

Which raises the question: Is it weird to wear a watch with your own name on it? What does Jeter really strap on his wrist in his off time? Last month at New York Fashion Week, Jeter was spotted in the front row sporting a Movado Museum Chronograph.

The Museum is a classic of modernist design. Created by American Nathan George Horwitt in 1947, it was one of the first timepieces to explore the concept of time as art. In fact, the watch earned its moniker when it was added to the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Movado Museum Chronograph


While it still features the signature dot at 12 o’clock, Jeter’s watch is not quite as minimalist as Horwitt’s original model. Still, this 44 mm stainless steel sport watch with its black PVD-finished bezel and round black dial with matching minute reflector ring is pretty spare. It has a Swiss quartz movement which won’t win it any fans amongst those who are addicted to fancy complications, but the luminescent hands, orange accents and date display are easy to read, making the Movado Museum Chronograph a great everyday timepiece.

Some sports writers have suggested that one of the reasons Jeter has enjoyed such a long career in the Major Leagues is that despite the endorsement deals and accolades, at the end of the day he always had fun playing the game. In fact, the Museum and Jeter share a similar legacy—they are clean, consistent and confident enough in their track record that they don’t feel compelled to prove anything else.