Tiffany & Co. Chronograph by Waldan International

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SKU AS02434
SKU AS02434

Why We Love it

Although this watch has Tiffany & Co. on the dial, its story belongs to one man: Oscar Waldan.

Waldan—a Polish Jew—was forced into concentration camps upon Nazi Germany’s invasion of his native country. At Buchenwald, he became close to Manek, the camp’s watchmaker. In Waldan, Manek recognized the curiosity that had driven him to take apart his father’s pocket watch as a boy; from Manek, Waldan learned the skills that would see him through the horrors he witnessed in the camp.

After the war, Waldan spent a brief period in a camp for displaced persons before coming to America in 1946. The privations of the war years engendered in him a hunger to succeed. Success soon came to him, and his talents attracted the attention of Tissot, who employed him as a designer; one of his creations was the Tissot Navigator World Time, which was recently reissued by the brand.

All the while he worked, quietly and diligently, but his flair for design attracted the attention of luminaries in the watch world. Other commissions followed, from Universal Genève (where he worked as Vice President of Merchandising and Styling), Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany & Co. By the 1970s, he had, in his own words, a desire to “make something under my own name.”

So in the late 1970s he founded Waldan International.

During that decade, another event happened that would change the course of his career. Following the creation of the El Primero movement, Zenith entered a period of economic hardship. Faced with having to shut the doors of its factory in Port-de-Martel for good, Zenith was sold in 1971 to American-based Zenith Radio Corporation. The corporation—which was the biggest name in television and radio at the time—had wanted to expand its product line into quartz watches. Although Zenith continued to produce mechanical chronographs (including retro-futuristic models like the A781), in 1975 the powers-that-be ceased production of the El Primero and resolved to sell off all the parts and equipment that went into making it.

Were it not for Charles Vermot, Zenith’s chief movement designer, the El Primero would have been relegated to the past. But Vermot secreted parts, plans, and tools—including 150 presses—in an attic in the factory. There they lay until 1978, when Zenith Radio Corporation sold the watch manufacture to the Dixi Group.

Fortunately, the new owners of Zenith believed in the renaissance of mechanical watches, and thanks to Vermot, the presses that he had hidden away in the attic turned out the El Primero once more. Other brands soon picked up the movement, including Ebel, which did so at Waldan’s behest. Waldan also bought some movements for his own company, and began to produce them for brands like Ulysse Nardin, Asprey, Tourneau, and Tiffany.

This particular watch dates from that period. Powered by the El Primero Calibre 3019, it was produced for Tiffany & Co. in a limited run of 100. With an elegant 18k yellow gold case and a handsome dial with moonphase and an outer pulsations track, it’s more refined than the sporty models that the El Primero is most often found in, which illustrates both the versatility of the movement as well as the clarity of Waldan’s artistic vision.

Lovingly preserved by someone close to the Waldan family, it’s a testament both to the enduring appeal of the El Primero and Waldan’s legacy.

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Tiffany & Co. Chronograph by Waldan International

Tiffany & Co. Chronograph by Waldan International

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Tiffany & Co. Chronograph by Waldan International

Why We Love it

Although this watch has Tiffany & Co. on the dial, its story belongs to one man: Oscar Waldan.

Waldan—a Polish Jew—was forced into concentration camps upon Nazi Germany’s invasion of his native country. At Buchenwald, he became close to Manek, the camp’s watchmaker. In Waldan, Manek recognized the curiosity that had driven him to take apart his father’s pocket watch as a boy; from Manek, Waldan learned the skills that would see him through the horrors he witnessed in the camp.

After the war, Waldan spent a brief period in a camp for displaced persons before coming to America in 1946. The privations of the war years engendered in him a hunger to succeed. Success soon came to him, and his talents attracted the attention of Tissot, who employed him as a designer; one of his creations was the Tissot Navigator World Time, which was recently reissued by the brand.

All the while he worked, quietly and diligently, but his flair for design attracted the attention of luminaries in the watch world. Other commissions followed, from Universal Genève (where he worked as Vice President of Merchandising and Styling), Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany & Co. By the 1970s, he had, in his own words, a desire to “make something under my own name.”

So in the late 1970s he founded Waldan International.

During that decade, another event happened that would change the course of his career. Following the creation of the El Primero movement, Zenith entered a period of economic hardship. Faced with having to shut the doors of its factory in Port-de-Martel for good, Zenith was sold in 1971 to American-based Zenith Radio Corporation. The corporation—which was the biggest name in television and radio at the time—had wanted to expand its product line into quartz watches. Although Zenith continued to produce mechanical chronographs (including retro-futuristic models like the A781), in 1975 the powers-that-be ceased production of the El Primero and resolved to sell off all the parts and equipment that went into making it.

Were it not for Charles Vermot, Zenith’s chief movement designer, the El Primero would have been relegated to the past. But Vermot secreted parts, plans, and tools—including 150 presses—in an attic in the factory. There they lay until 1978, when Zenith Radio Corporation sold the watch manufacture to the Dixi Group.

Fortunately, the new owners of Zenith believed in the renaissance of mechanical watches, and thanks to Vermot, the presses that he had hidden away in the attic turned out the El Primero once more. Other brands soon picked up the movement, including Ebel, which did so at Waldan’s behest. Waldan also bought some movements for his own company, and began to produce them for brands like Ulysse Nardin, Asprey, Tourneau, and Tiffany.

This particular watch dates from that period. Powered by the El Primero Calibre 3019, it was produced for Tiffany & Co. in a limited run of 100. With an elegant 18k yellow gold case and a handsome dial with moonphase and an outer pulsations track, it’s more refined than the sporty models that the El Primero is most often found in, which illustrates both the versatility of the movement as well as the clarity of Waldan’s artistic vision.

Lovingly preserved by someone close to the Waldan family, it’s a testament both to the enduring appeal of the El Primero and Waldan’s legacy.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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