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 jewelled watches emblazoned with the Tiffany & Co. name on the dial.
Although the maker's name were always hidden, the retailer contracted with a number of the world's fine watch and jewelry making firms to produce these treasured timepieces.
One such firm was the American Watch Case Company, a small very high-end U.S. case manufacturer, who contracted with Tiffany & Co. to build some of their wristwatch cases. Unlike other high end American case makers who made cases across a wide price spectrum - something even Cresarrow did - the American Watch Case Company of New York only made high-grade cases in precious metals. Note that this is not the American Watch Case Company of Toronto later associated with Waltham and Elgin, at all.
American Watch Case Co. also supplied the movement to Tiffany for the special watch showcased in this offering. It appears the company worked in collaboration with high-grade Swiss manufacturers, as this movement appears similar to C.H. Meylan and IWC Schaffhausen quality movements.
We were fortunate to acquire it in all original condition down to the dial, hands, and beautifully ornate winding crown, an impressive state for a nearly century old wristwatch. It is in very pleasing condition, appearing to have been worn carefully in appreciation of its quality and value.
Its beautiful platinum and 18K gold decorated case is near mint. Its silver Tiffany & Co. dial with radial Art Deco numerals is original and untouched. Original dials are seldom seen on nearly 100 year old Tiffany's like this. And its original ornate Art Nouveau open frame geometric filigree style design, presumably platinum but not marked, presents wonderfully.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it and installed a new correctly mineral glass crystal. It is keeping very accurate time.
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. / made by American Watch Case Co. of New York
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland/USA
Year built: c. 1925
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: Platinum and 18K gold
Case condition: Near mint
Dial: Silver, black painted radial Arabic numerals, outer railroad minute track, signed Tiffany & Co., original and untouched with toning. Please inquire if you would like it expertly restored.
Dimensions: 15mm wide (excluding crown), 28mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, blue steel, Breguet "moons"
Movement type: Swiss, lever, imported by AWC Co., manually wound, 17 jewels, cut-bimetallic balance, Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Appears original, presumably platinum but unmarked and untested - if not platinum then one would expect 18K white gold - ornate Art Nouveau open frame geometric filigree style design with safety clasp, fits a wrist up to approx. 6.6 inches, excellent condition
Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it and installed a new correct mineral glass crystal making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we can 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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.