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Rare Tiffany & Co. Chronograph Telemeter Stainless Steel Aviation Wristwatch


1940s Tiffany Chronograph Telemeter During this timeframe, Tiffany has been associated with with some of the worlds most premier and historic vintage chronograph of this period , primarily adding Additional value as a collaborator You can find their logo simultaneously positioned on the dial of some of the most rarest chronographs including Rolex and Patek Philippe. A telemeter scale is used for measuring distances, mostly in connection with chronographs. This unique outer register on the dial in red by means of the telemeter scale makes it possible to measure the distance of a event which is both visible and audible. The chronograph hand is released at the instant the phenomenon is seen or heard; it is stopped when the event is completed; its position on the scale shows at a glance the distance in kilometers or miles separating the phenomenon from the observer. ( Calibration is based on the speed at which sound travels through the air, viz, approximately 340 meters or 1,115 feet per second ) It is obvious that the telemeter function plays a special role in Aviation. During the 1940s chronograph split seconds were used for timing primarily in aviation. Different colored registers made it easier for the user to glance quickly at a certain timing without confusion. A Captain uses the Telemeter function to determine how far enemy warships are by using the telemeter function. Upon launching the torpedo the captain would start the Center sweep hand and upon the explosion they would stop the hand from ticking. The amount of seconds between the launch and impact can be used as a formula mulitplying each second by about 340 meters (the speed at which sound travels through air). The present watch is in original unrestored condition with minor wear to case and dial consistent with age and surface scratches consistent with wear which also add additional character to this vintage wrist. The 17 jewel Swiss movement is in perfect working condition and has been time tested for accuracy and shows no signs of rust or corrosion and the inside case back Is serial numbered. There is also no pitting or rust which is highly unusual and equally important to look for specifically When collecting stainless steel vintage wrist Timepiece Dimensions: 36mm x 36mm 7mm thick 200mm bracelet length If you have any questions or want additional images or video please do not hesitate to ask


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    Wear consistent with age and use. Recently Serviced.
  • Dimensions
    H 7.88 in. x W 1.42 in. x D 0.28 in. x Dm 1.42 in.H 200 mm x W 36 mm x D 7 mm x Dm 36 mm
  • Diameter
    1.42 in. (36 mm)
  • Seller Location
    New york, NY
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About Tiffany & Co. (Designer)

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.

Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.

At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.

When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.

Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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