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"Tourmaline Time" Vintage Platinum & Diamond Wristwatch Conversion Bracelet

About the Item

Eytan has accumulated a lot of old ladies cocktail watches over the years. Most of them are, as watches, either beyond repairing or completely impractical because their faces are so tiny. However, many of them are lovely as jewelry -- great-looking, well-set and built to last. This watch is an old Hamilton, probably made sometime after 1920 but before World War II. It's hard to nail down a more precise date because the watch movement (which would have enabled us to easily identify the manufacture date) and the case got separated from each other somewhere along the way. In terms of style, many of the Deco and Edwardian designs of the early 1900s were reissued with only minor changes well into the 1950s, so while the look of the watch is Deco, that doesn't necessarily mean it was made in the 1920s. However, based on the diamond cuts and the elegant, unfussy styling, we think this Hamilton model was produced closer to 1920 than 1940. Regardless of when it was made, it's time-telling days are over now that Eytan has converted it into a unique and eye-catching diamond bracelet featuring a 6.98 carat natural pink tourmaline. This stone has a simple step cut and shows typical tourmaline inclusions. It's not a flawless stone, so it's perfect for a fully enclosed platinum setting which really plays up the rich, juicy color instead of highlighting internal imperfections. The platinum case and flexible line bracelet are set with 55 small diamonds, all single cuts -- clean but not terribly high in color, Eytan rates them H-I color and VS1-2 clarity. They range in size but are all tiny; we estimate a total diamond weight of at least one half of a carat. The foldover clasp has two adjustment notches that are so close together one has to wonder why they bothered. The bottom line is that this bracelet is meant to be worn snug around the wrist, like a wristwatch, but it's still petite and won't fit wrists over 5.5". The watch case measures 18.5mm x 13.5mm. The band is 3.2mm wide. The bracelet weighs 20.8 grams and the platinum weight is just over 19 grams.
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  • Weight:
    6.98 ct
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 0.73 in (18.5 mm)Width: 0.54 in (13.5 mm)Depth: 0.27 in (6.7 mm)Length: 5.52 in (140 mm)
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  • Place of Origin:
    United States
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    Circa 1920
  • Condition:
    Additions or alterations made to the original: This is a vintage ladies wristwatch that has been converted to a bracelet. The pink tourmaline is new and the bracelet has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. Polished.
  • Seller Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: FD04331stDibs: LU1673118256482

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