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 the company's select offerings was a line of watches emblazoned with the Tiffany & Co. name on the dial. Although the maker's name were always hidden, the retailer contracted with the world's finest watch firms, like IWC, and jewelry making firms to produce these treasured timepieces.
One such firm was Cresarrow of New York, one of the best case manufacturers of the day. Founded by Henry Blank in the late nineteenth century, Cresarrow contracted with Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, and Tiffany & Co. and other firms to build some of their very fine cases for the U.S. market.
Today these special watches are sought-after by men of distinction and anyone desiring to own a world-class timepiece.
Encased in platinum, the most expensive precious metal of its day, and made by one of the premier watchmakers in the world, IWC, this special piece was one of Tiffany's top-tier offerings. It was made at a time when wristwatches were just beginning to catch on, and many if not most men hadn't transitioned yet from carrying a pocket watch.
For convenience sake the watch was equipped with IWC's masterful ultra thin movement based on a Lepine caliber 95. Incredibly the watch without the crystal crystal measures a mere 5.7mm thick! Ultra thin watches have always captured my admiration because the watchmaking skill and extra care needed to make them are extraordinary. The tolerances are so small that each one is a horological achievement itself. This watch posseses a lot of technical sophistication and luxury for a timepiece in this price range.
Think of the kind of gentleman who in the 1920's would have carried a platinum and diamond Tiffany watch!
Our photos couldn't do it justice. It is all original and in very pleasing condition.
Its case has two pin prick indentions in the back - otherwise it is in better than near mint condition. Its dial, which appears to be original, shows only fairly mild aging.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who has done contract work for IWC and their Richemont Service Center and also used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker for a Rolex authorized dealer, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine IWC parts, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $795 value).
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 platinum and diamond Tiffany watches normally carry price tags in the $30,000 range and don't match the charm and romance of this carefully-preserved vintage original.
Please note: Similar watches are published in John Loring's work Tiffany Timepieces, 2004.
Retailer: Tiffany / made by IWC & Cresarrow
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland/USA
Year built: 1928
Serial no.: 889,909
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: Platinum
Case style: Open face
Setting type: Stem wind, stem set
Case condition: Two pin prick indentions in the back - otherwise it is in better than near mint condition.
Case markings (inside): Cresarrow stamp, Irid. Plat., and 66618
Case markings (outside): Initials "JB"
Dial: Silvered, signed Tiffany & Co., applique pyramidal indices with diamonds at the primary hours, appears to maintain its original finish, shows only very mild aging
Dimensions: 5.7mm thick not including the crystal
Hands: Original, "feuilles"
Movement type: Very high grade, Lepine 95 caliber finished by IWC, manually wound, 3 adjustments for precision timekeeping, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, lever escapement, bimetallic compensation balance, self-compensating flat balance spring
Crystal: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers, who has done contract work for IWC and their Richemont Service Center and also used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker for a Rolex authorized dealer, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine IWC parts, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $795 value).
Timing: Timed 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
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.