PAUL DITISHEIM Art Deco Platinum Diamond + Sapphire Watch
Paul Ditisheim was a famous Swiss watchmaker, inventor and industrialist. Born in 1868 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the historic birthplace of the watch-making industry, he was born into the Ditisheim family, owners of Vulcain, a well-known and respected watch manufacturer who were also an integral part in leading the Swiss watch industry. Paul Ditisheim was instrumental in developing the new generation of chronometers and invented the affix balance. Thanks to his inventions, he was able to make the most precise chronometers ever made and has been considered the father of the modern chronometers.
A stunning diamond and sapphire watch by legendary watchmaker Paul Ditisheim from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This platinum self-winding timepiece features a beautiful watch encasement resting between a black leather band. The rectangular watch face holds a complimentary shaped crystal, which is surrounded by a sparkling diamond and sapphire border. Beautiful Single Cut accent diamonds outline the face, sparkling beautifully with every turn, and 4 French Cut sapphires embellish the corners. An additional sapphire cabochon decorates the winder, with beautiful leafy engraving that adorns the sides of the face and forms a lovely border on the back. The watch face displays a shimmery cream-colored background with black hands and letters, and a wonderful Art Deco design in each corner finishes the look. The band is crafted out of genuine lizard skin, displaying a black surface with a natural subtle texture. Stamped inside, on the face of the movement, is "PAUL DITSHEIM," "SOLVIL SWISS," "16 JEWELS 4 ADJMTS," and a patent number, "313640," along with a "PLATINUM" purity mark on the inside of the watch case. A very elegant piece by a legendary maker, it looks spectacular when worn and would make a truly outstanding addition to any collection!
Measurements: The watch encasement measures approximately 5/8" wide, about 1 1/8" long and a 1/4" thick. The entire length of the watch band from end to end is 7" long, with 6 notches to adjust the fit. It would fit nicely on a small sized wrist, however, the band could easily be replaced, if desired. The graduated band measures a little more than 1/4" at the widest point, and slightly less than 1/4" at the narrowest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the platinum setting or watch face and all of the diamonds and sapphires are intact and securely set. The crystal displays a few light scratches to the surface, however it does not impact the clarity. There is a minor indent to the back of the watch face, however it is not noticeable when worn given the location. Watches of this era should be cleaned and oiled periodically as part of proper maintenance, however, currently it is keeping good working time.