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Vacheron Constantin. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Minute Repeating Openface Keyless Lever Split-Seconds Chronograph Pocket Watch
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Vacheron Constantin. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Minute Repeating Openface Keyless Lever Split-Seconds Chronograph Pocket Watch

SIGNED VACHERON CONSTANTIN, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 338'815, CASE NO. 207'752, MANUFACTURED IN 1908

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Vacheron Constantin. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold Minute Repeating Openface Keyless Lever Split-Seconds Chronograph Pocket Watch
Signed Vacheron Constantin, Geneve, Movement No. 338'815, Case No. 207'752, Manufactured in 1908
Mechanical nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, minute repeating on two gongs activated through a slide in the band, engraved gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, outer railway minute divisions, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minute register, split-seconds chronograph activated through the crown and a button in the band between 10 and 11 o'clock, circular case, hinged case back, case, cuvette, dial, and movement signed
47.5mm diam.

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Founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch manufacture in Geneva. Fifteen years after its founding, the firm began producing complicated timepieces. In 1785 Jean-Marc's son Abraham took control of the company, and in 1819 formed a partnership with Francois Constantin.

William Barton Hale (1860-1938) purchased the present watch from Vacheron Constantin. Upon graduation from college, he studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1887. Upon the death of his father-in-law in 1900, he became president of the E.R. Andrews Printing Company and of the Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company. Born on a farm, he later turned back to farming as one of his many hobbies. Other hobbies included stamp collecting and photography.

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