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Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, May 13, 2007

LOT 634

"The Imperator" Vacheron & Constantin, Geneve, No. 365634, case No. 224325. Made in 1912. Very fine and rare, large, hunting-cased, keyless, 18K yellow gold pocket watch.

CHF 6,000 - 8,000

EUR 3,700 - 5,000 / USD 5,000 - 6,500

Sold: CHF 14,160

C. Four-body, "bassine", solid, frosted, the front cover with a finely engraved foliate monogram. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with bold-painted Paris numerals, outer minute track, large subsidiary seconds dial. Gold ?spade" hands. M. Cal. RA 20??, frosted gilt, 18 jewels, wolf?s tooth winding, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 57 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


The name ?Imperator? was never used officially, but only appeared on Vacheron & Constantin documents. Its production lasted from 1898 to 1919. The Imperator was designed as a robust ?impermeable? watch, 98% of which were hunting- cased.