VACHERON CONSTANTIN. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE SILVERED DIAL AND BOX
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VACHERON CONSTANTIN. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE SILVERED DIAL AND BOX

SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, REF. 4178, MOVEMENT NO. 446’214, CASE NO. 288’887, MANUFACTURED IN 1945

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE SILVERED DIAL AND BOX
SIGNED VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENÈVE, REF. 4178, MOVEMENT NO. 446’214, CASE NO. 288’887, MANUFACTURED IN 1945
Movement: cal. 434, manual, 19 jewels, signed
Dial: signed
Case: snap on back, 36 mm. diam., signed
With: Vacheron Constantin period presentation box
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Lot Essay

According to the Archives of Vacheron Constantin, the present chronograph wristwatch reference 4178 was manufactured in 1945.

This watch is a particularly fine example of the celebrated reference 4178, impressing with the highly attractive two-tone silvered dial, beautifully harmonizing with the rare pink gold case with the elegant teardrop lugs.

Reference 4178, one of Vacheron Constantin's landmark chronograph models, was in production from 1938 until the early 1970s. It existed with oval-shaped chronograph buttons or with the better known rectangular variant, the bezel was either beleved or flat.

For other Vacheron Constantin chronograph models from the 1940s, designed to measure short periods of time, such as pulsations, or for events captured by tachymeter and telemeter scales, see Secrets of Vacheron Constantin by Franco Cologni, p. 238.

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