Vacheron & Constantin - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
    Year: 1929
    Reference No: image reference 3307
    Movement No: 410'221
    Case No: 256'602
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 13''', 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming the date of production in 1929

  • Catalogue Essay

    As a testament to the 1920s – an early era for wristwatches, this Vacheron Constantin is one of the first chronograph wristwatches made. Its substantial diameter, measuring 35mm, is considered to be very large for this time period, adding to the desirability of the piece.

    Scholarship tells us that the image reference 3307 was produced from 1928 through 1930, with only 18 pieces made in yellow gold. This watch is in a particularly well-preserved state, as the white enamel dial is in perfect condition, elegantly fitted with timeless Breguet-style hands and italicized numerals.

    The large, downward-turned lugs are integrated into the case. Superbly made, such fully integrated lugs were not common for this time period. Underneath the hinged caseback is an extraordinarily well-finished 13’’’ movement using a prestigious ébauche made by Reymond Frères SA in Les Bioux. With highest-quality elements and finish used throughout, this timepiece was accessible for only the most elite clients, making it very rare and extremely desirable, even after nearly 90 years since it was made.


Ref. image reference 3307
A very rare and large yellow gold single button chronograph wristwatch with enamel dial and hinged caseback

35mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF70,000 - 120,000 

Sold for CHF125,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm