Vacheron & Constantin - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
    Year: 1942
    Reference No: 4178
    Movement No: 431'316
    Case No: 271'245
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, 434
    Bracelet/Strap: Reptile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k gold, signed Vacheron Constantin
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin’s reference 4178 is most likely the firm’s best known chronograph design. Introduced in the early 1940s it was available in stainless steel, yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel and gold. The present example, cased in rose gold and from 1942, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved specimens of this model to appear on the market in years. All components are in virtually mint condition and appear to feature the correct factory finish. The movement seems to have seen only one service since new and is in excellent condition. The case, in our view never polished, displays the full beauty this reference has when preserved in its factory finish. The dial is a work of art and captures the attention thanks to its contrasted two-tone colour theme in shiny and matte shades of champagne. The large Arabic numerals enhance the looks and harmonise very well with the rose gold and blue steel hands.


Ref. 4178
A rare and very attractive pink gold chronograph wristwatch with pink two tone-dial

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF102,500

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm