Vacheron Constantin - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1983
    Reference No: 46003/411
    Movement No: 709’782
    Case No: 557’939
    Model Name: 222
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1124, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Vacheron Constantin bracelet, max overall length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Vacheron Constantin deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 34mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1983.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vacheron Constantin’s 222, released in 1977 to commemorate the brands 222nd anniversary, has become one of the most recognizable wristwatches in the market today. Developed in the midst of the quartz crisis, this model was the brand’s response to an increasing demand for watches that were more casual with a higher degree of durability. Contemporary with two other iconic timepieces, the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin turned to Jörg Hysek to design their first luxury sports wristwatch. The thin case had an instantly recognizable tonneau-shape with raised screw down bezel, all with an integrated link bracelet.

    The model was produced in stainless steel, yellow gold, or in a combination of stainless steel and yellow gold. Production lasted seven years ending in 1984 when Vacheron Constantin released the 333 with a rectangular-shaped case. The reference 46003, like the present model, was considered the “mid-size” version with a 34mm diameter case, compared to the “Jumbo” model reference 44018 with a 37mm diameter case. Both featured the unique tonneau-shaped case with clean lines and scalloped bezel ring. The “mid-size” model features the caliber 1124 based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 889 movement. The 222 bracelet and clasp were made by the famed Gay-Frères who also manufactured the bracelets for the original Nautilus and Royal Oak.

    The present watch, from 1983, is extremely well preserved in excellent overall condition with strong case proportions and sharp edges. Showing hardly any signs of wear and with an extremely taut bracelet, the case back’s engraved “222” and serial numbers are crisp. In luxurious, solid 18 karat yellow gold, Vacheron Constantin’s 222 is an iconic luxury timepiece, certain to delight all collectors.

  • 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. 46003/411
An attractive and well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with date and integrated bracelet

34mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $44,450

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