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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 247

    Vacheron Constantin. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered dial and pulsometre

    SIGNED VACHERON CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, REF. 4072, MOVEMENT NO. 431'458, CASE NO. 273'541, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    Vacheron Constantin. An extremely fine, rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered dial and pulsometre
    Signed Vacheron Constantin, Genève, ref. 4072, movement no. 431'458, case no. 273'541, manufactured in 1942
    Cal. 434 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, three-tone silvered dial, applied blackened baton and Arabic numerals, blackened hands, outer railway five minute divisions and pulsometre scale graduated for 30 pulsations, two engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band, snap on back, 18K white gold buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    With Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1942 and a fitted veneered presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch is one of the rarest and most desirable chronographs by Vacheron Constantin to be offered at auction in recent years.

    It is distinguished by its superb and exceedingly rare three-tone silvered dial with typical early 1940s, very symmetrical sector design, the blackened applied hour markers and the pulsation scale. The overhaul appeal is further underlined by its stainless steel case of timeless, classical shape, one of Vacheron Constantin's landmark models.

    The watch furthermore impresses by it overall very good condition. The case shows only minimal wear and has not suffered from polishing. In fact, its proportions remain crisp, most evident to the beholders eye are the sharp edges of the lugs. The charismatic dial reflects a great shine with no signs of any restoration and enhances the overall look of this extraordinary wristwatch, a rare treasure for the demanding collector.

    Provenance

    The Peter Lin Watch Collection, Antiquorum New York 2 and 3 December 2003, lot 214.