10 April 2001,
Price realised USD 18,800
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
Vacheron & Constantin. A fine and rare 18K gold single button chronograph wristwatch with enamel dial
Signed Vacheron & Constantin, Geneve, circa 1919
Cal. RA13, with gilt-finished jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, hinged gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel spade hands, outer three-colour tachometer scale, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, the circular case with hinged back, downturned lugs, chronograph mechanism operated through the crown, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
34 mm. diam.
New York +1 212 636 2000
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The Tanaka Collection, Antiquorum Geneva, 20 and 21 April 1996, lot 652.
Vacheron & Constantin confirm production of this watch in 1919 and its subsequent sale in 1923.
It is one of the first chronograph wristwatches produced.
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