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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 259

    Vacheron Constantin. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold rectangular wristwatch with flared sides, champagne dial and box

    SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, REF. 4775, MOVEMENT NO. 473'142, CASE NO. 327'928, MANUFACTURED IN 1952

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    Vacheron Constantin. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K gold rectangular wristwatch with flared sides, champagne dial and box
    Signed Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, ref. 4775, movement no. 473'142, case no. 327'928, manufactured in 1952
    Cal. 435/3C nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, champagne dial, applied gold dot, baton and Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, rectangular case, flared sides, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    26 mm. wide & 40 mm. overall length


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    With Vacheron Constantin original fitted brown presentation box.

    According to the Archives of Vacheron Constantin, the present watch was manufactured in 1952.

    This watch is one of the exceedingly rare examples of reference 4775 to appear in public to date. In production during a short period in the early 1950s, only a very small series of this model was made, the majority cased in yellow gold, few examples in pink gold and platinum. With its unusual and elaborate shape, reference 4775 is amongst the most beautiful rectangular wristwatches ever designed by Vacheron Constantin and considered one of the most attractive vintage watches of the 20th century.

    An example of reference 4775 in pink gold is described and illustrated in Ore d'Oro 2 by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti, Franco Nencini, p. 63.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.