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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1955
    Reference No: 4775
    Movement No: 473'127
    Case No: 327'913
    Model Name: "Papillon"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 11''', 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin buckle
    Dimensions: 40.5mm length and 21mm Width (middle of the case)
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Certificate of Origin.
    Provenance: Antiquorum, Geneva, The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin, April 3, 2005, lot 218.

  • Provenance

    Antiquorum, Geneva, The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin, April 3, 2005, lot 218.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This charming and extremely well-preserved Vacheron Constantin reference 4775 was originally sold at the fabled The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin sale on April 3, 2005. Preserved in impressive condition, the case displays wide and angled flared lugs that give inspiration to the name "Papillon". A crisp hallmarks is visible between the lugs. Furthermore, the dial displays a beautiful hard enamel signature that remains raised and visible.

    The "Papillon" is incredibly rare in its own right, and only very few examples have appeared on the market, no less in such crisp and original condition.

  • 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. 4775
An extremely rare and very well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with angled lugs

1955
40.5mm length and 21mm Width (middle of the case)
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€11,100-16,700
$13,100-19,600

Sold for CHF15,120

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