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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 15, 2016

LOT 163

VACHERON & CONSTANTIN DECK CHRONOMETER GUILLAUME BALANCE MADE FOR THE BRITISH HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICE STEEL Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, "Chronomètre", No. 454838, case No. 286263. Made for the British Hydrographic Service circa 1944. Fine, large, silver, keyless center-seconds deck and pocket lever Chronometer with Guillaume balance. Accompanied by the original wooden fitted case made by Dennison.

Four-body, "bassine", polished, silver, hinged cuvette. Silver, brushed, champlevé Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions. Blued steel"spade" hands. Cal. 166, gilt brass, "fausses côtes" decoration, 21 jewels, straight line calibrated lever escapement, anibal-brass Guillaume balance with gold timing screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometric regulator.

CHF 5,000 - 7,000

HKD 40,000 - 56,000 / USD 5,200 - 7,300

Sold: CHF 6,250

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-8-01

Very good

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed, case back and on the wooden case engraved "H.S.- 2, 54838". DIAM. 60 mm.