Tiffany & Company – Circa 1920 – One of a Kind
This offering is an incredibly rare antique Tiffany and Company wristwatch from the early 1920’s. This isn’t just a watch—it is a work of art!
Brand: Tiffany & Company
Edition: One of a kind.
Circa: 1920, with signed movement.
Condition: Excellent. Like new.
Dial: This gorgeous, men’s timepiece features a handsome NEW ENGRAVED METAL dial, featuring a antique filigree gold hands, Roman numeral hours and Arabic seconds numerals. The band of color that holds the Roman numeral hours is a deep navy blue.
Case: The case consists of a three-piece chrome case, new dome mineral glass face, and a custom made combination exhibition plastic-glass back, which allows you to view this exquisite Tiffany and Company movement in action.
Origin/Model: This wristwatch is made up of antique gold pocket watch (circa 1920) that has been placed in a one of a kind new case. The combination of the antique signed movement, modern case, immaculately restored dial, and clear exhibition back makes this more than just a watch—like so many of our pieces, this is a work of art!
Movement/Mechanism: Opening this exhibition back lid reveals a routinely serviced and high quality, manual wind, screwed settings lever escapement movement with 15 red Ruby jewel settings that is signed "TIFFANY & Co".
Band: The watch is fitted with a 22 mm genuine leather matte black band with a mild grain finish, with a new chrome deployant quick-release clasp buckle that matches the watches case.
Case Thickness: 13mm
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. But if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a modern Tiffany & Co leather watch box, with an outer board box in the classic Tiffany color.
Shipping: Free overnight delivery anywhere in the United States and free express delivery anywhere in the world.
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Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring For Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: Tiffany & Company is a luxury American jewelry and specialty retailer, based in New York City. Tiffany’s, as it colloquially known as today, has been an icon of style for almost 200 years and its jewelry and watches have been worn by the royalty of almost every nation and celebrities from every field of excellence.
Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in Brooklyn, Connecticut in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as "Tiffany, Young and Ellis" in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Company in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control and established the firm's emphasis on jewelry. Tiffany & Company has since opened stores in major cities all over the world.
In 1919, the company made a revision to the Medal of Honor on behalf of the United States Department of the Navy. In 1956, legendary designer Jean Schlumberger joined Tiffany, and Andy Warhol collaborated with Tiffany to create Tiffany Holiday Cards (circa 1956-1962). In 1968, Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the U.S. at the time, commissioned Tiffany to design a White House china-service that featured 90 flowers.
In 2009, Tiffany and Company designed a limited edition cellphone for a Japanese cellphone company that contained more than 400 Diamonds, with a combined weight of 20 carats. The edition was limited to just ten phones, which sold for more than 100,000,000 YEN or $950,000 USD.
Tiffany & Company have had a long history with Patek Philippe, widely considered the finest watchmaker in history. For the first part of the 20th century Patek Philippe made the great majority of Tiffany’s watches, and it is likely that this particular watch was made by Patek Philippe, though it is not signed with both the Tiffany and Co. and the Patek Philippe insignia so cannot be represented as such.
Today, their patented teal-colored shopping bags are easily recognized from a hundred feet away and inspire joy, desire, envy, and aspiration.