Like today, 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 were Tiffany & Co. branded watches, many of which were made for the company by one of the fine manufacturers.
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 classically elegant Tiffany & Co. mens precision seconds watch made by Movado for the prestigious retailer .
During Movado's glorious period from 1912 through the 1950's, when such innovations as the polyplan movement, Calendomatic, and exceptional in-house chronographs pushed the envelope of horological technology, and original designs such as the Museum watch took their place in history, their wristwatches enjoyed a level of prestige reserved only for works of the finest watchmakers.
Its lovely mid-sized square case is elegant showcasing an Art Deco hooded lug design.
The centerpiece of the watch is its salmon colored dial with precision markings and a pronounced sweep seconds hands. Its dial features 1/5 second markings for precision timing for sporting and technical uses, the most precise recording a watch of the era could have as it beat five times per second and each beat is recorded on the dial.
Although doctors don't need 1/5 second calculations to take someone's pulse, watches like this with large, easy to read sweep seconds were often marketed as doctors and nurses watch in period advertising.
For the movement Movado used its very fine "in-house" Cal. 470 handwound movement made at the company's workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The handsome case is excellent condition. The dial was very nicely restored in vintage times.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker who received training from Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components and installing a new mainspring and crystal, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).
It is running very strong and true. Photos of the inside available upon request.
It comes equipped with a period style pigskin band. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
For the finishing touch we have meticulously detailed it 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, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
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.
Retailer: Tiffany & Co.
Country of manufacture: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Model: Ref. 44795
Serial/case no: 453,731
Year sold: c. 1940's
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men - today a midsize watch
Case material: 14K gold
Case condition: Excellent with light signs of previous polishing and very light remnants of wear
Case inside: Movado U.S.A., 14K gold, 453,731
Case outside: Engraved "R.Q. Fawcett - 20 Year Club - American Chicle Company"
Dial: Salmon, gold dot and Arabic indices, signed Tiffany & Co., restored in vintage times, bright and clean
Dimensions: 25mm wide (excluding crown), 31mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, gold "modernes", with original arrow-tipped seconds hand
Movement type: Cal. 470, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating cut bi-metallic balance, Breguet overcoil hairspring
Movement markings: Movado Factories, Swiss, 15 Jewels, 470
Band: Period style, pigskin leather, only lightly worn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker who received training from Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center, has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components and installing a new mainspring and crystal, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running very strong and true. 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 email@example.com for details
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
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.