In the late 1930's like today, 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 stunning platinum diamond Tiffany & Co. watch made by Longines for the prestigious retailer.
When it comes to ladies watches, the focus was and still is normally much more directed to the what's on the outside of the watch than what's on the inside. That is not the case with this watch whose unusually high-quality engine would make most men's watches jealous!
It uses the same principles as Rolex's mens celebrated movement for the famed Prince. It is baguette and features an oversized winding barrel and balance wheel. By placing these 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.
It is very finely crafted, approaching the quality and craftsmanship with top tier watches by the likes of Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, and Audemars Piguets. It was designed to keep consistent time regardless of how much wind was left in the mainspring (isochronism - in most watches the rate changes as the power reserve lessens), a feature of only the very highest grade watches.
Longines stamped the movement "Extra Quality."
We were fortunate to obtain it in original condition down to the dial, hands, and even the original platinum clasp and findings. The only replaced part is the winding crown.
Bejewelled with radiant original factory set diamonds, the Art Deco styled Tiffany & Co. platinum case with original hand-decorated sides and back is beautiful!
It is in very pleasing condition, appearing to have been worn carefully in appreciation of its quality and value.
Its silver Tiffany & Co. dial is original and untouched, a rare find for a watch of its age. Its platinum and diamond case is near mint plus. As mentioned it still is equipped with its original platinum clasp and findings.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled its well-made movement 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 Longines
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland / U.S.A.
Year built: 1933
Serial no.: 5,156,004
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: Platinum and diamonds
Case condition: Near mint with only light wear. Very well-preserved for its age.
Case markings (inside): Tiffany & Co., Irid. Plat, 96, numerous hand-engraved watchmakers marks chronicling an extensive service history
Dial: Silver, black painted Art Deco Arabic indices, signed Tiffany & Co., original and untouched. Please inquire if you would like it professionally restored.
Dimensions: 10mm wide (excluding crown), 30mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, blued steel "diamonds"
Movement type: Longines, marked "Extra Quality", baguette, rhodium plated, manually wound, 15 jewels, cut bimetallic compensation balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator, adjusted to isochronism
Band: Black cord, original, fitted with the watch's original platinum clasp and findings, safety chain, just over 6 long, excellent condition. Please inquire if you need a longer band. We have new black cord ones designed to replicate the look of the original and steel cord bands in stock to 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.
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 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.