In the late 1920's, before the Piaget name gained worldwide fame, the family's small staff of master watchmakers and jewelers built expensive watches to meet the needs of their wealthy clientele. Pouring a great deal of individual attention and care into each piece, each year they created a small quantity of high quality watches.
Those destined for the U.S. market were cased stateside by Piaget contractors to avoid tariffs.
The beautiful Piaget showcased in this offering is an original example of this phenomenon. Crafted from platinum and bejeweled with thirty-eight (38), high quality diamonds, the case embodies wonderful Art Deco styling in the spirit of iconic New York architecture of the Empire State Building or One Fifth Ave.
Besides the distinctive case, the very fine handwound Piaget movement also showcases high quality workmanship from the era, insuring the watch's technical execution was as well done as its aesthetic design.
Its movement functions in principle using a similar strategic design to Rolex's celebrated Prince movement. It is baguette and features an oversized winding barrel and balance wheel. By placing this two mechanisms at opposite ends of the movement the watch achieves incredible levels of accuracy and carries a longer power reserve, enabling it to run longer and more accurately on a single wind.
This early Piaget has all of its original parts including its very pleasing deep blued hands and even its winding crown. Its dial is correctly unsigned as was customary for the era before the days of ubiquitous branding.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Photos of the inside available upon request.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
A distinctive and rare vintage luxury watch that exudes taste but won't break the bank from what became a premier name. Modern Piaget don't come close to matching the charm of this original.
As one of the world's leaders in "haute couture" women's watches, Piaget's clients include queens, princesses, and Hollywood actresses. Many of their inspired designs blur the distinction between watches and jewelry.
Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Year made: c. 1920's
Functions: Hours and minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: Platinum
Case markings (inside): 10% IRID Platinum, 832, watchmaker's initials showing a service history
Case condition: Good with one bigger indention on the side near the end and rippling on the sides.
Dial: Silver, black painted Art Deco Arabic numerals, excellent condition. It is correctly unsigned as was customary for the era before the days of ubiquitous branding.
Dimensions: 10mm wide (without the crown) by 42mm long lug tip-to-tip
Movement type: Well-made, signed Piaget, baguette, manually wound, 17 ruby jewels, rhodium plated, index regulator
Movement markings: Piaget, Swiss, 17 Jewels
Band: Gray cord, vintage, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. just under 6.5 inches, 10K white gold filled clasp, adjustable, excellent condition. If you need a longer band or would like a new band, we also stock brand new black cord and steel cord bracelets that will fit any size wrist.
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timed: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.