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

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
    Year: 1947
    Reference No: 4178
    Movement No: 446'310
    Case No: 288'942
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Manual, 434
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, case, and dial signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Vacheron Constantin chronograph reference 4178 is an incredibly good looking watch and hugely undervalued today. Arguably the one style which every collector recalls when thinking of a Vacheron chronograph. Production started in 1940 and continued until approximately 1964. The reference was made in yellow gold, pink gold, stainless steel and steel and gold. The watch is distinguished by its teardrop lugs, sharp lines and definition to the case. The present watch is an exceedingly rare example of a reference 4178 in fabulous condition. Fitted with a salmon dial but with the addition of the popular pulsation scale, the dial is incredibly well preserved with hard enamel signature intact and nicely raised as the connoisseur would require. With the combination of a stainless steel case, still remaining in extremely sharp excellent overall condition with elegant teardrop lugs and a highly unusual and charismatic dial in wonderful original condition, the present watch is one of the rarest and most desirable chronographs manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.


Ref. 4178
A very fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with salmon-coloured pulsation dial

36mm. Diameter
Movement, case, and dial signed

CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF252,200

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm