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TOP-OF-THE LINE 1960 TIFFANY & CO. TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK
premier quality scarce Concord 8-day Swiss movement
Beyond doubt, the best surviving example of its type! This classic bedside / travel alarm clock is from my personal collection of vintage and antique timepieces. Elegant Tiffany and Co. designs produced at the close of the 19th century through the early 21st century comprise a significant category of noteworthy clocks curated since 1970.The German metal shell case with dome top and concave bottom is covered in satin smooth royal blue leather embellished with a gilt-tooled key border. Cover and base are accordion folded, to accommodate closed position and provide cushion. A brass push-tab releases the top, revealing blue morie fabric lining. A leather faced hinged clock support seats against the bottom case lip at a convenient viewing angle. An arch-shape cutout exposes the crown. The molded brass bezel with coin-ridge edge is set with a thick convex beveled glass crystal. A polished brass sash frames the matte-silvered dial. Raised numbers and dot markers designate hours. The black chapter ring is screened with minute indicies. The crisp dial is signed "Tiffany & Co." "Alarm" "8 Days Swiss."
Viewed with eyes of a trained horologist, the movement is as impressive as the case and dial. Concord produced this alarm design for only a handful of years during the late 50s and early 60s. The complex layout incorporates a hammer-striking wire gong encircling the movement. 99% of folding travel clocks manufactured during the third quarter of the last century use the case housing as alarm bell. The "off" switch is typically side or top mounted. The 15-jewel Concord movement is cased in nickle silver. The polished dust cover has a small cutout with protruding button labeled "Silent" "Alarm." Not the most convenient means of shutting off an alarm.
In addition to costly to manufacture alarm features, the singular most distinctive element of this travel clock is the winding and setting design. All functions are incorporated via the crown and protruding push-button. The neatest: depressing the button moves the alarm hand counterclockwise in precise one-minute increments. Turning the crown clockwise winds the time mainspring. Counterclockwise winds the alarm spring. Pulling the crown out engages time setting. Tho the arrangement sounds complicated, it's quite user friendly. Especially so, as the clock requires winding only once a week. If the alarm is not needed, it can either be left unwound or shut off at rear. Concord (longstanding choice of Tiffany & Co.) along with Swiss competitors ImHof, Looping, Angelus and Luxor manufactured the best quality post WWII jeweled lever alarm, desk and shelf clocks. By the mid-70s quartz-regulated battery powered movements eclipsed traditional mechanical works. NOTE: The movement was completely disassembled (including removal of mainsprings from barrel), ultrasonically cleaned and rinsed, elements checked for wear, reassembled and lubricated with high-grade Swiss grease and two viscosity oils. Dust cover, crystal and dial were hand cleaned as was the case. I conditioned the luxury leather covers and folds with saddle soap. Meticulous restoration ensures reliable operation for years. Typical labor and materials cost of professionally overhauling Swiss alarm clocks of this complexity is $325-$400. Please review descriptive information and study the photographs for details. You can skip the last image. However, I'm available to answer any and all questions / concerns. CONSCIENTIOUSLY PACKED & SHIPPED WORLDWIDE