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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1943
    Reference No: 4126
    Movement No: 440'809
    Case No: 277'427
    Model Name: "Teardrop lugs"
    Material: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold crown
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 11.9", 16 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract From the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1943

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Teardrop” lugs have somewhat become Vacheron Constantin's signature design. First introduced in the late 1930s, different models from time only, triple calendar and even minute repeaters featured this case design.

    The present watch in absolutely superb condition is a rare example of a version in stainless steel with a charismatic and enticing two-tone champagne colored dial perfectly complemented by the yellow gold crown.

    The 34 mm. case has fantastic presence on the wrist and wears much larger due to the slim case and seeming lack of bezel.

    An incredibly finished movement with superbly polished angles and Côtes de Genève gives life to this timepiece that will appeal to the Vacheronista.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 4126
A stainless steel wristwatch with teardrop lugs, two tone dial and applied Roman numerals

1943
34mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 6,000 
€3,500-5,200
$4,100-6,200

Sold for CHF6,875

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017