A rare, attractive and well-preserved pink gold chronograph wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1952
    Reference No: 4072
    Movement No: 466'730
    Case No: 328'772
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. V492, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Vacheron Constantin buckle
    Dimensions: 34.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1952

  • Catalogue Essay

    Elegant, stylish and well-preserved, this Vacheron Constantin reference 4072 is incredibly impressive. In production from 1938 until the late 1960s, the reference 4072 is a very diverse chronograph model. While cased most often in yellow gold, the reference was also dressed in pink gold, stainless steel, or steel and gold combinations. Very few pink gold timepieces with the chronograph caliber 492 were ever manufactured, making this timepiece incredibly rare.

    Of particular note is the crisp case, displaying a strong hallmark beneath the elongated lugs. Furthermore, the case retains all its crisp facets, along with contrasting polished and satin finishes. The dial too, is preserved in excellent condition, with clear and legible printed graphics.

  • Maker Bio

    Vacheron Constantin

    Swiss • 1755

    The world's oldest watch brand in continuous operation since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts beginning in 1839. Vacheron's watches are admired for their Latin-influenced case designs, well-balanced proportions and exquisitely finished movements of the highest quality. The Geneva-based manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l'Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015.



    Key vintage models include minute repeating wristwatches such as the references 4261, chronographs such as the references 4178 and 6087 and the oversized Cioccolotone models such as ref. 4737. Collectors also appreciate Vacheron's Chronometer Royal pocket and wristwatches, as well as the '222,' the brand's first luxury sports watch produced from 1977 through 1984.

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Ref. 4072
A rare, attractive and well-preserved pink gold chronograph wristwatch

1952
34.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 
€17,800-35,600
$20,100-40,300

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019