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The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Co...

Geneva, April 03, 2005

LOT 228

So-called “Giraffa” Vacheron & Constantin, Geneve, No. 488447, case No. 377697, Ref. 4778. Made in 1951. Very fine and rare, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with fancy lugs and a yellow gold Vacheron Constantin buckle. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, faceted flaired lugs, concave bezel. D. Guilloché silver with applied yellow triangleand faceted indexes, gold dot minute divisions and subsidiary seconds. Yellow gold "bâton" hands.M. Cal. 9’’’ 458/3B, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement,beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to temperatures, Breguet balance-spring, Vacheron Constantinmicrometer regulator.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 34 mm. Thickness: 7.5 mm.

C. Three-body, solid, polished, faceted flaired lugs, concave bezel.
D. Guilloché silver with applied yellow triangleand faceted indexes, gold dot minute divisions and subsidiary seconds. Yellow gold "bâton" hands.
M. Cal. 9’’’ 458/3B, rhodium-plated, “fausses côtes” decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement,beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to temperatures, Breguet balance-spring, Vacheron Constantinmicrometer regulator.Dial, case and movement signed.Diam. 34 mm. Thickness: 7.5 mm.

CHF 6,000 - 8,000

EUR 4,000 - 5,000 / USD 5,000 - 7,000

Sold: CHF 8,625


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 01

Notes

It is a rare privilege to be able to admire such a large and richly diverse selection of watch cases. This overview, in addition to the tremendous pleasure it affords us, also offers great insight into the evolution of horological design, and in particular that of the lugs and the dial. The next seven lots offer a clear illustration of how, despite its relatively small dimensions, the watch is able to mobilize so many treasures of artistic invention. Giving free reign to their imaginations, inventing innovative forms, and designing dials of extraordinary beauty and creativity, Vacheron Constantin and a few other firms such as Patek Philippe, produced marvels of technical and artistic creativity, and at the same time, consecrated the city of Geneva as the center of haute horlogerie.