033 Early Silver Tiffany wristwatch with enamel dial dating to 1916

£1,500.00

Early Silver Tiffany wristwatch with enamel dial dating to 1916

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In 1843 Auguste Agassiz founded Longines and for a while he ran two brands, with Agassiz being the more upscale and so it was Agassiz rather than Longines who Tiffany chose. Please note that the case and movement numbers match and, on removing the dial, the same number is its rear, this was also common practice for Longines pieces of this era. Tiffany pocket watches were almost invariably powered either by movements from Patek Philippe or from Agassiz, but their wristwatches are extremely rare
This is a very early snap back & front man’s wristwatch in silver, with wire lugs dating from 1916 It bears the case number 213272  and the upper case letter T (most likely standing for the retailer Tiffany & Co. The rear of the caseback has a personalised engraving with two large florid initials G & J and the legend “New York 1916”. The watch still has its large original gilt winding crown.

The original white enamel (porcelain) dial has is sunk for the small seconds and has full Arabic luminous numbers, blued steel luminous skeleton style hands. The original radium on the dial and hands has been safely removed and a modern ‘luminova’ type luminous compound has replaced it. The dial has the retailer’s name above the centre post and Switzerland below it.

Thin three-quarter plate keyless movement, jewelled to the centre with 16 Jewels and 6 Adjustments; note that the centre jewel is held in a screwed chaton. It has a club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil and no shock protection for the balance staff. The movement is finished with Geneva stripes and exquisitely angled edges to the plates. The movement carries the same number as the case; this was also common for Longines watches of this period.

The watch has been recently serviced, runs & keeps good time (bearing in mind it is over 100 years old, so do not expect quartz accuracy).

The movement is 95%, whilst the case & dial are both 95+%.

Width 34mm; Lug to Lug 39.5mm; Height 11.5mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a new light brown Hirsch leather one has been fitted.

£1,500.00 (approx. $2,150.00 US))