Today's offering showcases this elegant and rare vintage midsize French-made Tiffany watch that was owned and worn by the "King of Comedy", the late Jerry Lewis.
This very rare and distinctive Tiffany was owned and worn by Mr. Lewis, who had a strong preference - perhaps an exclusive preference - for midsize watches. At times he even wore ladies model watches, and all of the watches we have seen and purchased from his estate were all midsized or women's size watches.
We have never seen another Tiffany like it. The movement was made for Tiffany by Movado and is higher-grade than normal for Movado, adjusted to three positions - a photo of it is available upon request. It has a wonderful 18K French made curved case done in a style we have never seen before. It bears a strong design resemblance to Cartier, with its screwed in band holders, beautiful shape, and Roman dial.
The 18K gold pins in the side of the case unusually fulfill to obligations - they not only secure the band, they also secure the case together. It truly is a wonderful and unusual design that we have not seen used before.
It has all of its original Tiffany parts and is in pleasing condition, and we have left the case unpolished just as we received it. It comes with its original band with its original and unusual design 18K gold deployment clasp. Our photos couldn't do the watch justice.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the 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.
Accompanying it is a Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from the well-known auction house that she entrusted to sell her estate. Jerry Lewis:
Born as Joseph Levitch, Jerry Lewis, was a legendary American comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker and humanitarian, nickcamed "the King of Comedy" and "The Total Filmmaker".
Lewis' career took off in 1946 when he and fellow singer Dean Martin began performing together. They quickly rose to national prominence, first with their popular nightclub act, then as stars of their NBC radio program The Martin and Lewis Show. In 1950 they signed with NBC to be one of a series of weekly rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour, a live Sunday evening broadcast.
By 1951, with an appearance at the Paramount Theater, they were a cultural phenomenon, attracting crowds rivaled only by Frank Sinatra earlier and later by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Between 1950 until their breakup in 1956 they starred in fourteen movies. Their films were consistent financial successes for Paramount and hugely popular with audiences.
After a successful show singing on stage, the first time he had sung alone on stage since he was five years old, at his wife's pleading, he used his own money to record songs on a single. Decca Records heard it, liked it and insisted he record an album for them. The single of Rock-a-Bye Your Baby went to #10 and the album Jerry Lewis Just Sings went to #3 on the Billboard charts, staying near the top for four months and selling a million and a half copies. He released several albums as a singer, selling millions of records.
After his breakup with Martin Lewis lauched his solo career as a filmmaker and comedian. In 1959, a contract between Paramount and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10 million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over seven years.
This contract made Lewis the highest paid individual Hollywood talent to date and was unprecedented in that he had unlimited creative control, including final cut and the return of film rights after 30 years. Lewis' clout and box office were so strong (his films had already earned Paramount $100 million in rentals) that Barney Balaban, head of production at Paramount at that time, told the press, "If Jerry wants to burn down the studio I'll give him the match!"
Throughout the 1960's he continued to make movies and in 1962 took on being the guest host on "The Tonight Show" during the transition from Jack Paar to Johnny Carson.
From the 1970's through the 2010's continued to star in movies, work as a director, producer and screenwriter.
Lewis was also a world-renowned humanitarian, philanthropist and "number one volunteer" who supported fundraising for research into muscular dystrophy. Throughout his career, he raised awareness for muscular dystrophy, while as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
In late 1966, the live annual Labor Day event of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (also referred to as Jerry Lewis Extra Special Special, Jerry Lewis Super Show and Jerry Lewis Stars Across America) debuted in syndication and would air each year.
For decades, the broadcast originated from different locations including New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood and was the most successful fundraising event in the history of television. The show, with Lewis as its iconic host and emcee and help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, raised billions of dollars during the years. In 1977, Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the charity. In its first year, the show raised over $1 million. In his lifetime Lewis raised an estimated $2.6 billion in donations for the cause.
Lewis was also known for his friendship with Sammy Davis Jr. Our new Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have recently launched a new collection that is composed of 41 watches owned by 22 iconic celebrities. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by watches and clocks owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
- The King, Elvis Presley.
- The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
- The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
- Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, and Mickey Rooney.
- Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Beattles drummer Ringo Starr, and Hank Williams, Jr.
- Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, and fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller.
- It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; and a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Country of origin: Switzerland / France
Maker: Tiffany / Movado
Year made: c. later 1940's to 1950's
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings (outer): Tiffany & Co., Made in France, 18 Kts, stamped with French precious metal hallmark
Case condition: Excellent with fairly light wear, left just as we aquired it. It has never been polished. A light polishing could make it close to mint.
Dimensions: 16mm including crown x 26mm.
Dial: Silver with painted black radial Roman numerals, inner railroad minute track. Blued steel hands
Movement type: Movado for Tiffany, higher-grade than normal, handwound, rhodium plated, shock protected and adjusted in three positions
Band: Original, appears to be Java lizard, unusually designed 18K gold deployment clasp, currently fits a wrist up to approximately 6.75 inches
Crystal: Mineral glass, mint 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.
Warranty: 1-year international C.O.T. 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; Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from the well-known auction house that she entrusted to sell her estate.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee