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    10 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 82

    VACHERON CONSTANTIN. A RARE ALUMINUM OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER PRESENTATION WATCH

    SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 455193, CASE NO. 286908, REF. 4348, MANUFACTURED IN 1945

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    VACHERON CONSTANTIN. A RARE ALUMINUM OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER PRESENTATION WATCH
    SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 455193, CASE NO. 286908, REF. 4348, MANUFACTURED IN 1945
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, silvered matte dial, applied Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, inscribed snap on back reading Presented to Ivan A. Woodcock by Aluminum Company of Canada LTD In Recognition of 25 Years of Loyal Service 1946, case, dial and movement signed
    45mm diam.


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    Accompanied by Vacheron and Constantin presentation box and papers.

    In 1902, the Pittsburgh Reduction Company (later Alcoa) incorporated a Canadian subsidiary called Northern Aluminum Company, which was renamed Aluminum Company of Canada in 1925. Alcan, as it was eventually called, separated from Alcoa in 1928. By the beginning of the 21st century, Alcan was a large conglomerate, having bought up smaller companies including Pechiney of France. In 2007, Alcoa announced a bid for a hostile takeover of Alcan, but mining giant Rio Tinto announced a higher bid which was subsequently accepted, and Rio Tinto Alcan was formed, the world's largest aluminum company. Alcan gave this Vacheron Constantin pocket watch to show appreciation to employees who had completed 25 years of service.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER