Vacheron Constantin - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1945
    Reference No: 4240
    Movement No: 429'792
    Case No: 284'459
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 455, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Metal buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a yellow gold reference 4240, please see Micro Portfolio of Images taken from Royal Vacheron Constantin.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1942, reference 4240 displayed a variety of dial and case designs. At the time of production, Vacheron Constantin offered different language choices for the day/month complication, such as French or English. The present watch features a very rare two-tone dial with red date markers. The dial is original, and preserved in excellent condition. One would expect heavy spotting and tarnishing of a watch this age, yet this silvered dial is incredibly sharp with raised graphics. Wonderful tear-drop lugs finish this watch off, giving it an incredible vintage appearance.

  • 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. 4240
A rare yellow gold triple calendar wristwatch with two-tone dial and tear-drop lugs

35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$64,000 - 96,000 

Sold for HK$75,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016