A fine and rare yellow gold oversized wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and fitted presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: Circa 1950
    Reference No: 4737
    Movement No: 536'923
    Case No: 356'537
    Model Name: 'Cioccolatone'
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, P1019/2, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black Vacheron Constantin crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 35 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Vacheron Constantin fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch, lovingly dubbed 'Cioccolatone', showcases Vacheron Constantin's innovation during the 1950s. At the time, hardly any other watchmaker was making such unusual and interesting watches, and the 'Cioccolatone' really stood out from the crowd with its oversized square face and multi-level case. The present watch, still carrying its original proportions, is offered in excellent condition and is accompanied with a fitted presentation box.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 4737
A fine and rare yellow gold oversized wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and fitted presentation box

江詩丹頓,精細及罕有,18K黃金特大自動上弦腕錶,配中心秒針,“Cioccolatone”,型號4737,附盒子,約1950年製

Circa 1950
35 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 

sold for HK$150,000

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Hong Kong Auction 31 May 2016