Like today, in the 1920's, no name better captured the idea of embracing the best life had to offer than that of Tiffany & Co.
One of their special offerings to their most discriminating female clients was a line of jeweled watches emblazoned with the Tiffany & Co. name on the dial.
Although the maker's name was often hidden, the retailer contracted with a number of the world's fine watch and jewelry making firms to produce these treasured timepieces.
Today's offering showcases this incredibly charming 18K gold Tiffany & Co. watch made by the fine Swiss firm E. Huguenin for the prestigious retailer.
While not a household name in this era, Huguenin was a very fine manufacturer at the time this watch was built. The movement, which is adjusted to three positions, is on par with the quality of IWC and other high-grade manufacturers from the era.
We were so fortunate to obtain it with all of its original parts down to the dial, hands, and even its ornate winding crown and in beautiful all original condition.
Its shapely tonneau case is finely decorated. It is in beautiful condition, appearing to have been worn carefully in appreciation of its quality and value. It has never been polished, retaining extremely strong details and lines. A light polish would make it present as just short of mint.
Its gold Tiffany & Co. dial with Art Deco numerals shows only mild aging - quite remarkable for a century old watch. It is well-complemented by the wonderful original "Breguet" moon hands.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consisted of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, installing a correct new mainspring to power the watch strongly for years to come, reassembling and lubricating the movement, restudding the hairspring, polishing one of the balance staff pivots, re-balanced the balance wheel wheels, and extensive testing and hand regulation and timing (an $795 value). Photos of the inside available upon request.
We have also tested it on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist. It is keeping very accurate time.
For the finishing touch, we have fitted it with new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
If you are looking for a special treasure for someone in your life, this is it. Modern Tiffany watches don't match the charm and romance of this vintage original.
Note: Similar watches are published in John Loring's work Tiffany Timepieces, 2004, pp. 141-143.
Retailer: Tiffany & Co. / movement made by E. Huguenin
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland
Serial no.: 794,834
Year built: c. 1920's
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: 18K gold
Case condition: Beautiful condition, appearing to have been worn carefully in appreciation of its quality and value. It has never been polished, retains extremely strong details and lines. A light polish would make it present as just short of mint.
Case markings (inside): D & L Co., 5269, 18K
Dial: Original with black painted Breguet numerals, signed Tiffany & Co., excellent condition with mild aging
Dimensions: 19mm wide (excluding crown), 23mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, blued steel "Breguet moons"
Movement type: E. Huguenin, manually wound, rhodium plated, 17 jewels, cut bi-metallic balance, self-compensating Breguet overcoil balance spring, index regulator
Band: Leather, remborde, brand new and unworn
Crystal type: Mineral glass, vintage or original, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consisted of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, installing a correct new mainspring to power the watch strongly for years to come, reassembling and lubricating the movement, restudding the hairspring, polishing one of the balance staff pivots, re-balanced the balance wheel wheels, and extensive testing and hand regulation and timing (an $795 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have also tested it on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist. It is keeping very accurate time. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership, was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, and did authorized work for Cartier's Service Center.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details
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.