Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Jun 28, 2020

LOT 309

VACHERON CONSTANTIN, TOP WIND, BLACK DIAL, GAY FRERES BRACELET, YELLOW GOLD

An extremely fine and rare, manual wind, 18k yellow gold wristwatch with black dial.

Brand Vacheron Constantin

Year Made in 1943

Movement No. 359699

Case No. 280461

Bracelet 18k yellow gold Gay Freres bracelet, approx. overall length

Caliber 10 1/2'''

Dimensions 31 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories Fitted Vacheron Constantin box

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

HKD 80,000 - 120,000 / USD 10,000 - 15,000

Sold: CHF 25,000


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

During the 1930s, certain Swiss watchmaking companies, such as Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe, sought to gain in elegance by eliminating the protuberance of the winding crown at 3. For this purpose, they used Lépine-type movements, which allowed the winding crown to be placed at 12. The fashion never caught on, however, and therefore very few of this type of watch was produced, making them extremely rare today. This particular example has been kept in exceptional condition for its age, displaying large thick lugs, a deep hallmark on the case side as well as a mint black dial, the nicest black dialled top wind we have ever offered.