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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1952
    Reference No: 4711
    Movement No: 499'256
    Case No: 330'023
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal.P453, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch in 1952

  • Catalogue Essay

    At a time when the standard size for a gentleman’s timepiece hovered between 31 and 35mm, the present timepiece is without a doubt an extremely unusual oversized creation by Vacheron Constantin. Its 36.5mm diameter is further amplified by the large, polished bezel which boldly frames the breathtaking dial. A masterpiece of quirkiness, it already conveys some aesthetic canons typical of the 1960s and 1970s, with its pointed lugs and strong proportions.

    A final layer of interest is given by the superior, unmolested and extremely honest condition of the piece - exemplified by the raised signature and exceptional preservation of the case. There are two crisp hallmarks visible on either side of the case, which are sharp, crisp and visible.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 4711
A rare, large and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with presentation box

1952
36.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF5,000 - 10,000 
€4,600-9,300
$5,400-10,900

Sold for CHF9,450

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