Hong Kong, May 29, 2022

LOT 533

Vacheron Constantin
Ref. 4178, chronograph, minute counter, silver dial, blue pulsometric scale; 18K pink gold

HKD 134,000 - 216,000

EUR 16,000 - 26,000 / CHF 16,800 - 27,300 / USD 17,000 - 27,500

Sold: HKD 325,000

18K pink gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, fancy flared lugs, silver dial with applied suspended 18K pink gold Roman numerals and radial indexes, subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two rectangular-shaped push-pieces) with blue pulsometric scale graduated for 30 pulsations
· 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: 3-6-8-01


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Reference 4178

Year circa 1950

Movement No. 466 584

Case No. 318 374 (by E. & C. Nardin, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Material 18K pink gold

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle gilded metal buckle

Diameter 35.8 mm.

Caliber 13’’’, V 492, beryllium screw-balance, adjusted to temperatures

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.