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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 50

    Vacheron Constantin. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with multi-scale dial

    SIGNED VACHERON CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, REF. 4072, MOVEMENT NO 446’424, CASE NO. 291’817, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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    Vacheron Constantin. A very fine, rare and attractive 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch with multi-scale dial
    Signed Vacheron Constantin, Genève, ref. 4072, movement no 446’424, case no. 291’817, manufactured in 1946
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 434, 17 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, applied pink gold Arabic and dot numerals, fifth of a second combined with five minutes divisions, telemetre scale, outer tachymetre scale graduated to 1000 UPH, two sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: 18K pink gold, snap on back, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, 34.5 mm diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Vacheron Constantin letter dated 20 October 1989 confirming production of the present watch in 1946 and its original invoicing to Germany


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    Given the purity of their design, absolutely 1940s vibe and supremely well-finished movements, Vacheron Constantin's chronographs from the first half of the past century can be considered among the most attractive and well-constructed chronographs of the time. To find an example in pink gold is remarkable, and this specific one further impresses with its superior overall condition.

    Reference 4072
    Reference 4072, one of Vacheron Constantin's most popular chronograph models, was in production from 1938 until the early 1970s. It existed with oval-shaped chronograph buttons or with the better known rectangular version, the bezel was either bevelled or flat.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the watch has a diameter of 34.5 mm.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR