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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 308

VACHERON CONSTANTIN, CHRONOMETRE ROYAL, POCKET WATCH, YELLOW GOLD

A very fine, rare, manual wind, 18k yellow gold chronometer pocket watch.

Brand Vacheron Constantin

Model Chronometre Royal

Year Circa 1910

Movement No. 363045

Case No. 224530

Caliber 22’’’

Dimensions 57 mm

Signature Dial, case (with initials) and movement

CHF 2,000 - 4,000

HKD 16,000 - 32,000 / USD 2,000 - 4,000

Sold: CHF 3,125


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-8-01

Very good

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original


Notes

The name “Chronomètre Royal” was registered in Switzerland on May 28, 1907, under the No. 22 193. The “Royal Chronometer” name, for the English-speaking market, was registered in Switzerland on May 8 1908, under the number 23 872. The first of these were a series of pocket watches delivered to Brazil. A certain A. Campos, one of Vacheron & Constantin’s agents, had organized a lottery system in which subscribers would pay a monthly fee to take part in a series of draws. The holders of the winning tickets would be given a watch and the other subscribers would be entered into the next draw. This system proved to be so successful that A. Campos delivered a total of 3 022 watches between October 22, 1907 and December 31, 1911 - an amazing 80% of the production of the Chronomètre Royal, utilising the Cal. RA 22’73 made during this period. The Chronomètre Royal was made in several sizes, from 12 to 22 lines, and was housed mostly in gold cases, and rarely in silver ones.