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Geneva, Oct 14, 2007

LOT 154

Ref. 4072, ?Yellow Gold Chronograph? Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 446391, case No. 291790, Ref. 4072. Made in 1946. Very fine and rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and an 18K yellow gold Vacheron & Constantin buckle.

CHF 20,000 - 25,000

EUR 12,000 - 15,000 / USD 17,000 - 20,000

Sold: CHF 30,680

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, rounded bezel, concave lugs. D. Brushed silver with applied yellow gold faceted dart indexes and Roman half-hour numerals, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer seconds and fifths of a second divisions, Arabic five minute and seconds numerals. Yellow gold ?baton" hands. M. Cal. 434, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, selfcompensating 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: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


This chronograph was one of Vacheron Constantin?s greatest successes. It was offered with various types of dial during the two decades of its production, though the classic lines of its case remained unchanged.

For similar watches, see Antiquorum, ?The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin?, April 3, 2005, lots 155, 195 and 196.