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Rare 1920s 18kt YG Tiffany for Patek Philippe Enamel Cushion Officers Wristwatch

Documentation Signed
Origin Switzerland
Period 1900-1949
Materials 18 KT Yellow Gold
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1920s
Description An Extremely Rare Tiffany for Patek Philippe 1920s Wristwatch with Enamel Military Officer’s Dial

Case Dimensions & Quick Specs Overview (Below)

- 31mm height X 31mm width, 9mm thickness
Dial signed by Tiffany & Co., movement and case by Patek Philippe, Circa 1920s
Fully signed case, dial, movement and buckle
Beautiful & rare Tiffany for Patek Philippe, White enamel dial with radium coated Arabic numerals also nicknamed as an officer’s Dial and an outer minute track and subsidiary dial complication found at the six
Three body polished case with Straight-Downturned lugs
18 jewel wolfs tooth winding movement
12 ligne movement with with fausses cotes decoration
Perfect working condition, recently serviced accompanied with patek Philippe box

Catalog Essay
The present watch is extremely rare on a variety of levels from the case design to the dial and from the vintage it was produced to the collaboration which created it.

To discuss and understand how rare it is we break it down first by the shape of the case design.

The Cushion Shaped case designs are probably one of the most rare case designs of all since this shape was produced for such a short period when compared to the rectangular precursor and the Calatrava or round case design today. From the 1900s to the 1930s Watch manufacturers were developing case designs for the functional use at war, as well as, for style as the case designs moved past the 1930s. The first wristwatch case designs were typically rectangular and nicknamed trench watches later on as the industry became more focused on waterproofing the case design so its was more durable This was one of the inventions Rolex has been accredited so famous for generally speaking in the beginning of the 20th century horology.

From their, rectangular case designs were replaced with the cushion case design as the present example exhibits, which is possibly one of the most limited case design shapes ever produced as watch manufacturers only designed in this shape for about a 10 years or less period from the 1920s to early 1930s, afterwards the Calatrava was designed which is the round case design the world so famously associated with when one envisions a wristwatch.

Next we move into the collaboration and the dial itself… the beautiful white enamel dial, signed for Tiffany & Co. takes an already rare Patek Philippe cushion cased officers watch and brings it into another realm of rarity that even the most seasoned collectors can can appreciate. Collaborations in general add value to any timepiece as it takes two separate firms to coordinate and execute one specially commissioned design. As a result of extra workmanship and time spent to coordinate, these example are by far more valuable then non collaborative examples.

Here within this present example, you find Tiffany & Co whom as masters of their craft in enameling especially, providing the dial for Patek Philippe masters of their craft in watchmaking to make this single very important creation.

Together, they were able to produce this immaculate 1920s reference which is extremely limited, in fact so limited that current market research suggests only a handful of examples have ever went to auction of this reference which was co-produced by Patek Philippe with this very identical enamel officer dial and on this case metal and reference. That timepiece was Presented to Marshal Foch by Alton T. Roberts and Franklin D'Olier on his 70th birthday in 1921.

In general, these particular Patek Philippes were only historically presented to the most significant military personnel typically and as a result received such elaborate timepieces ordained with the military dials signed by both makers. Although the present examples lineage is unknown, it is monogrammed in the similar fashion to the reverse side L-S-H. The only other similar example which is identical in almost every manner and sequential in case serial and movement serial has a more clear history and gives us an idea as to the significance of to whom a piece such as this would be presented to leaving one to only have allure and mystery that only one’s imaganation could conclude regarding the present example. The most similar example to this timepiece was presented to Ferdinand Foch (1851 - 1929) He Became supreme commander of Allied forces in World War One. Foch, along with Joseph Joffre and Philippe Petain became one of the three most prominent French military officers in the war. Ferdinand Foch was born in 1851 in Tarbes in the Hautes-Pyrenees. Foch fought in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and became an artillery specialist. In 1907, he was appointed as head of the École de Guerre, a position he held until 1911. When war broke out in August 1914, Foch commanded the French Second Army. This army stopped the German advance on Nancy. As a result of this success, Foch was given the command of the French Ninth Army which fought at the Battle of the Marne- the battle that stopped the German advance on Paris. After this battle, he served in Flanders and became commandant of the French Army Group that fought at the Battle of the Somme. In 1916, he retired but returned to duty in May 1917, when he was appointed chief-of-staff to Marshal Pétain. To some extent Pétain carried a degree of baggage as he had been replaced by Joffre at Verdun and replaced by Nivelle. Those in power in the Allied military believed that Foch was potentially a more dynamic leader than Pétain. In April 1918, Foch was appointed supreme generalissimo of the Allied forces on the Western Front - a position that gave him supreme command over all Allied forces on the Western Front. In July 1918, Foch put into operation a successful counter-offensive against the Germans along the Marne River. In August 1918, Foch followed this up with a series of operations which led to the Germans seeking an armistice in November 1918. For this reason, Foch was credited with masterminding the victory over Germany. Foch then played a prominent part in the lead-up to the Treaty of Versailles, during which he tried to get Georges Clemenceau to impose harsher terms on the Germans so that the Germans could never pose another military threat to Europe again. After the signing of the treaty, Foch retired from public His stature in French military history was assured. Foch is the only French military commander to have been made an honorary field marshall in the British Army and a statue of him was erected in central London. Marshal Ferdinand Foch died in 1929. Franklin D'Olier was a central figure in the U.S. military high command and during World War II was Chairman of The United States Strategic Bombing Survey
Metals Yellow Gold
Gender Men's , Ladies'
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Fine Jewelry, Signed Pieces
Incollect Reference Number 323175
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