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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 370

VACHERON CONSTANTIN SPLIT-SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH AND MINUTE RECORDER; “ASTRAL”; 18K YELLOW GOLD

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6: • 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single round push- piece located on the winding-crown); • Split-seconds (activated by the rectangular push-piece located on the case-band at 11 o’clock); • Half-instantaneous 30-minute recorder (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock); Cuvette (dome) engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with the mention “Vacheron & Constantin / Genève / Astral”

Brand Vacheron Constantin

Model “Astral"

Year Circa 1923

Movement No. 113 048

Calibre  17/19’’’ lever escapement

Case No. 59 870

Diameter 50.2 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Extract from the archivies

HKD 87,000 - 130,000

CHF 11,000 - 16,450 / USD 11,050 - 16,550

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: HKD 75,000


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

The Extract from the Archives, dated September 29, 2017, mentioned that this watch was manufactured in 1923. Vacheron Constantin, “Astral” and “Trident” The “Astral” trademark for watch and clock movements was registered by Vacheron Constantin on February 22, 1895 (under No. 7 312). Later, on November 29, 1902, Vacheron Constantin registered the trademark “Trident” (under No. 15 123). These two tradenames were used until 1940 for the rare occasions on which they sold watches manufactured by other firms under their company name. In the 1920’s, Vacheron Constantin used few movements (some 8-day going) with the signature “Astral” for their clocks with Art Deco cases elaborated by Verger Frères, Paris.