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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 44018
    Movement No: 719'017
    Case No: 522460
    Model Name: 222 "Jumbo"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Vacheron Constantin bracelet, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Vacheron Constantin deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1977, the iconic reference 222 was introduced to the market only a few years after the Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet and the Nautilus from Patek Philippe, both of which were designed by Gerald Genta. It is common misconception to believe that reference 222 was designed by Genta. In fact, Vacheron Constantin handed the design responsibility to Jörg Hysek. The result was an attractive tonneau-inspired shape displaying contrasting polished and brush finishes. In addition, the screw-downed bezel added a sporty, yet ultra elegant look, suitable for any gentleman.

    The overall condition of the watch is appealing with sharp facets and angles noticeable throughout the case. The silvered dial adds a charming touch, combined with the flat-linked bracelet for a perfectly balanced wristwatch.

  • 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. 44018
A rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1980
38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,900-23,200
$16,300-27,200

Sold for CHF40,320

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020