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. Unlike many of the Tiffany's ladies vintage watches made for the U.S. market, this is a true all Swiss creation with Swiss hallmarks on the case.
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.
We were fortunate to obtain it with all of its original parts down to the dial, hands, and even winding crown.
With its wonderful angled case, which resembles the bottom of a pyramid, that has distinctive large lugs, and it's classic vintage styled dial, it has a sophisticated and charming presence.
It is in gorgeous condition, appearing to have been worn carefully in appreciation of its quality and value.
Its 14K gold case presents in mint condition. Its original and untouched silver Tiffany & Co dial just short of mint.
As you can see from the photos the angle they were taken blocked the right edge of the dial. It too is in mint condition.
One of our Master Watchmakers who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and has done contract watchmaking work for the Richemont Group, owner of the Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and others has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
We have also tested the watch on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it continues to keep very accurate time.
For the finishing touch, we have equipped it with a brand new cord strap that replicates the style of the original 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.
Country of manufacture: Switzerland, made for the U.S. market
Year sold: 1946
Model: Ref. 44265
Serial/case no: 0074663
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: 14K gold
Case condition: Presents in mint condition
Case markings (outside): E.B.L June 12, 1946
Dial: Silver, gold applique dots and Arabic indices, signed Tiffany & Co., presents as just short of mint
Dimensions: 15mm wide (excluding crown), 30mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, gold "batons"
Movement type: Movado, handwound, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating cut bi-metallic balance, Breguet overcoil hairspring
Band: Black cord, designed to replicate the look from the period, fits a wrist up to approx. 7.5 inches and is designed to be cut down to your wrist size, brand new and unused. Please inquire if you would like a longer band.
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and has done contract watchmaking work for the Richemont Group, owner of the Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin and others has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have also tested the watch on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it continues to keep very accurate time. 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.