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 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 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 beautiful gold, diamond, and ruby Tiffany & Co. watch made by Cresarrow.
It was done in a very traditional/popular Cresarrow for Tiffany style with large spherical lugs and finds and snake mesh bracelet.
It presents in very pleasing condition. Its 14k rose gold case is in better than near mint condition. The large sides are tall for the style, giving it a more pronounced look on the wrist. Its silver Tiffany & Co. dial has been previously well restored. Ands it very fine, Cresarrow movement made for Tiffany & Co. is clean and keeping time.
Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine originals, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $570 value).
Accopmanying it is an independent appraisal from a GIA certified appraiser that lists its retail replacement value for insurance purposes at $8,000.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
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.
Please note: Similar watches are published in John Loring's work Tiffany Timepieces, 2004, pp. 141-143.
Retailer: Tiffany & Co. / made by Cresarrow
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland/USA
Year built: c. 1940's (We sold a similar watch with papers that dated it to 1947).
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: 14K Gold with Diamonds & Rubies
Case condition: Better than near mint
Dial: Silver, gold dot and black painted Arabic numerals, signed Tiffany & Co., previously well restored. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Dimensions: 13mm wide (excluding crown), 37mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Gold "batons"
Movement type: High grade, Swiss, lever, imported by Cresarrow, manually wound, 17 jewels, cut-bimetallic balance, Breguet overcoil hairspring, index reguator
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: 14K gold snake mesh style, original, signed Cresarrow, made to fit a wrist up to approx. just over 6.5 inches, better than near mint condition
Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
Serviced: Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine originals, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $570 value). If you would like more information on our watchmaking team please visit: https://www.connoisseuroftime.com/pages/team.htm
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; New timing certificate; Previously done appraisal from May 2017 by independent GIA certified appraiser
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.