In the 1940'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 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 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 wristwatch cases for the U.S. market.
Cresarrow also supplied movements for Tiffany's watches, as is the case with this special watch. Evidence suggests the company worked in collaboration with C.H. Meylan, a high grade niche manufacturer, and IWC Schaffhausen for production of their movements.
Today's offering showcases this stunning ladies vintage lades Tiffany & Co. watch made by Cresarrow with original full brilliant diamond bezel. The diamonds on the original factory set bezel are perfectly white and very fiery, much higher quality than those on lesser diamond watches from the era, as one might expect from Tiffany: they are D-F in color and VVS-VS clarity.
Our photos couldn't do it justice. Its parts are original down down to the winding crown and even the platinum snake mesh bracelet. The only replacement part is one hand is a vintage replacement.
It is in pleasing condition, appearing to have been treated with an appreciation for its value.
Its case is in excellent condition. Its original dial shows only fairly mild aging.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine 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, pp. 141-143.
Retailer: Tiffany / made by Cresarrow
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland/USA
Year built: c. 1930's to early 1940's
Serial no.: 023310
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: Platinum and diamonds
Case condition: Excellent with only light wear, still retains it strong beautiful Art Deco angular lines
Dial: Silvered, signed Cartier, applique half-spherical and black painted indices. Please inquire if you would like it freshly restored.
Dimensions: 16mm wide (excluding crown) by 27mm long lug tip to tip, 6mm thick
Hands: One original, one a vintage replacement
Movement type: Swiss, lever, made for Cresarrow for Cartier, manually wound, rhodium plated, 17 jewels
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Original, tests as platinum, currently fits a wrist up to approx. a hair under 6 inches. The length could be adjusted by a jeweler.
Crystal type: Diamond faceted, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine 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 - 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.