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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 33

    Vacheron Constantin. A fine stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet and box

    SIGNED VACHERON CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, AUTOMATIC, REF. 44018, 222 MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. 685417, CASE NO. 522347, MANUFACTURED IN 1979

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    Vacheron Constantin. A fine stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet and box
    Signed Vacheron Constantin, Genève, Automatic, Ref. 44018, 222 model, movement no. 685417, case no. 522347, manufactured in 1979
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. K1211, stamped with the Geneva seal, 36 jewels
    DIAL: black matte dial, applied luminous baton indexes, luminous hands, outer minute divisions, window for date
    CASE: stainless steel tonneau-shaped, scalloped bezel, snap on back, 37 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP:stainless steel Vacheron Constantin bracelet and deployant clasp, overall length of the bracelet approx. 170 mm
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1979, extra link and box with outer packaging.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Reference 222
    The following three lots, 33 – 35, are a rare “complete” selection of Vacheron Constantin’s celebrated reference 222, representing all three case colours made at the time.

    Reference 222 was launched in 1977 to celebrate the manufacturer’s 222nd year of continues watch manufacture. It was made in a limited edition of 500 examples in stainless steel, 120 in stainless steel and gold and 100 in 18K gold.

    Reference 222 is a classic time-only watch, its design is different from any other watch of Vacheron Constantin’s production at the time. It was meant to be a bold sports watch, reflecting the fashion of the late 1970s, which it unquestionably does.

    Today, examples of reference 222 appearing in public are highly coveted collector’s pieces, especially when in such well-preserved condition as these three specimen.