Only Online Auction

Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 156

Vacheron Constantin
Ref. 4178, chronograph, minute counter, “champagne” dial; 18K yellow gold

CHF 12,000 - 16,300

EUR 11,000 - 15,000 / USD 13,200 - 17,900 / HKD 102,000 - 140,000

Sold: CHF 15,000

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, fancy flared lugs, “champagne” dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two rectangular-shaped push-pieces) with telemetric scale graduated for a mileage
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-8-01


Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Reference 4178

Year circa 1945-1950

Movement No. 446 438

Case No. 294 272 (by E. & C. Nardin, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle gilded metal buckle

Diameter 35.8 mm.

Caliber 13’’’, V 434, beryllium screw-balance, adjusted in 5 positions

Signature dial, case and movement


Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 4178

The flared lugs of this reference are one of the unique characteristics of Vacheron Constantin chronographs. Instantly recognizable, perfectly proportioned, this is one of the most beautiful and sought-after sports chronograph watches of the 1940’s.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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