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Hong Kong, Mar 09, 2022

LOT 265

Vacheron Constantin
Pocket watch; “Chronomètre Royal”; 18K yellow gold

HKD 17,000 - 25,500

EUR 1,950 - 2,900 / CHF 2,000 - 3,000 / USD 2,200 - 3,300


Sold: HKD 30,000

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6.

Case-back guilloché (engine-turned).

Silver guilloché (engine-turned) dial, with radial Roman numerals; blued steel “Breguet” hands.

Movement 19’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, gold screwed-chaton (setting) on the central wheel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator (micrometric screw lacking).

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-11-17


Slightly worn

Slightly spotted

Movement: 3-29*


Lacking elements

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Model “Chronomètre Royal”

Year circa 1905-1910

Movement No. 345 882

Case No. 211 916

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 52.6 mm.

Caliber 19’’’, straight-line lever escapement

Weight 92.2 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement


Vacheron Constantin, “Chronomètre Royal” (Royal Chronometer)

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 No. 23 872.

The first of these were a series of pocket watches delivered to Brazil. A certain Mr. 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. As we can read in the Vacheron Constantin Archives, this series of watches was especially made for the South American Market, especially to Argentina.

Later, in the 1960’s, the trademark was used for some high-quality self-winding wristwatches.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

Important notice – Special conditions Please look carefully at all the photos as they are an integral part of the description. Any defect not mentioned in the descriptions but visible on the photos will be considered as described and cannot lead to any claim. The dimensions are given as an indication and may slightly differ from the measures mentioned by the manufacturers especially for contemporary watches. The photos are not retouched. Colors may differ from reality. For timepieces, we guarantee neither the functioning nor the precision of the movement, nor the water-resistance of the case. In addition, please note that movements, parts of mechanisms or cases may be incomplete. The lots are sold “as is”, described to the best of our knowledge and cannot be returned. Once the online bid is placed by the bidder, it cannot be cancelled.