Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 24

VACHERON CONSTANTIN, HISTORICAL POCKET WATCH, YELLOW GOLD

Fine and extremely rare, 18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch with subsidiary seconds at 6, a second chronograph and dragging 30-minute recorder. Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) and black enamelled with the cypher “S M” of Captain Stefano Morino. Cuvette engraved with the mention “Non si volta chi a stella è Tiso / Ricordo della Leonardo da Vinci / Maggio 1914”. The Extract from the Archives, dated November 10, 1994, mentioned that this watch was made in 1912 and sold in 1913 to the agent of Vacheron Constantin for Italy.

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Year Circa 1912

Numbers 221562

Caliber RA 19/20''' 38/12, lever escapement, index regulator with swan-neck spring and micrometric screw no. 353753

Dimensions 55 mm.

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

CHF 8,000 - 10,000

USD 8,300 - 10,400 / HKD 64,500 - 80,500


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Sold with a letter from Vacheron & Constantin and a photocopy of a letter from the Historical department of the Italian Navy. According to this letter, Captain Stefano Morino took the commandment of the Vessel Leonardo da Vinci on May 1914. This watch which bears his monogram was certainly presented to him at this opportunity.
The Leonardo da Vinci was a vessel of 23 088 his. It was bought by the Italian Navy (Regia Marina) on October 10, 1911, and in use from May 17, 1914. It was damaged on August 2, 1916 and was restored in 1919. Its motto was: “Non si volta chi a stella è Tiso”.

Provenance

Provenance Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, November 13, 1994, The Art of Vacheron Constantin, lot 48, sold for the amount of CHF 17 250.-