I have a feeling another Streamerica is not going to be available for a while. The seller of this watch had one two versions of the watch. The first sold, and now he is offering an even more rare black faced Tiffany & Co. Streamerica watch on the back shark skin strap. I’ve had no shortage of positive things to say about the Streamerica line of Jorg Hysek designed watches for Tiffany & Co. In fact, I predict that Tiffany & Co. will release a new line of Streamerica watches barring any intellectual property or other legal rights issues.
The Streamerica has always been one of my favorite watches. Why? Because it is industrial and tasteful, modern and classic, dressy and sporty. It seems to defy classification, save for the fact that it is a well-made Swiss officially certified chronometer watch. The design elements of the watch are obvious. Take American industrialization pride, pre and post art deco design, and you have the riveted case with streamlined for movement and strength. That is the essence of the Streamerica, and the taste that Tiffany & Co. is known for.
The most common iteration of the Streamica watch was probably the white faced model with the watching bracelet. While this is a wonderful watch, there is something to be said about the more understated and classy look of the shark skin strap version. The bracelet model has a very pronounced look, that is toned down a bit with the strap. The black face and strap add a different character to the watch. More of rail car speeding through the night, than a steamship passing with clouds overhead (as the white faced model evokes in my mind).
Nothing Tiffany & Co. sells is inexpensive. Even when they resell Baume et Mercier or Patek Philippe prices there is a premium placed on them (as though a premium is even needed at such levels). This particular Streamerica can be bought for about $1,770 right away. Representing a fair price for the hard to acquire timepiece. Oh, and the seller was nice enough to quote my very own previous writings on the Tiffany & Co. Streamerica watch as discussed here.
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