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Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, Nov 12, 2006

LOT 42

Ref. 4072 ?Two-Tone Dial? Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 466543, case No. 297749, Ref. 4072. Made in 1947. Very fine and very rare, stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer, telemeter and two-tone dial.

CHF 25,000 - 30,000

EUR 16,000 - 20,000 / USD 20,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 44,840

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, inclined bezel, concave lugs. D. Two-tone silver with applied pink gold faceted ?baton? indexes and Roman 6 and 12, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer minutes and fifths of a second track with Arabic five minute/second numerals, outer tachometer and concentric telemer graduations. Pink gold "baton" hands. M. Cal. 13??? 492 chronographe, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 34 mm. Thickness 12 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-29-01


Lacking elements

HANDS Original


This sporty and dynamic watch, like certain Patek Philippe or Rolex sports watches, is one of the models Vacheron Constantin became famous for during the second third of the 20th century. Beautiful, masculine, and technically perfect, not only was it a commercial success at the time, but has long been appreciated by collectors, who consider it one of the ?immortals? of horological history.