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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 11, 2012

LOT 184

VACHERON CONSTANTIN, REF. 4838 - PINK GOLD CHRONOMETRE ROYAL ? HACKING SECONDS Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, "Chronomètre Royal", movement No. 509535, case No. 371544, Ref. 4838. Made circa 1953. Very fine and rare, center-seconds, 18K pink gold chronometer wristwatch with hacking seconds and an 18K pink gold buckle. Accompanied by a period Vacheron Constantin box.

C. Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, fl at bezel, oversized straight and curved lugs, snap-on back. D. Matte silver with applied pink gold hexagonal and baton faceted indexes, outer minute divisions. Pink gold alpha hands. M. Cal. P1008/BS, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator, hack mechanism. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 35 mm. Thickness 10 mm

CHF 6,500 - 8,500

USD 7,000 - 9,000 / EUR 5,300 - 7,000

Sold: CHF 8,125

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-10-01



HANDS Original


A rare example of the reference 4838 in pink gold. Vacheron & Constantin registered the name ?Chronomètre Royal? on May 28, 1907. The first of these were a series of pocket watches delivered to Brazil. Production of the Chronomètre Royal continued in wristwatch form until the 1970s. The main difference between this model of Chronomètre Royal and the standard production of Vacheron Constantin was the hacking seconds hand, which allows the wearer to set the time precisely by stopping the seconds hand when the crown is in the hand-set position.