Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2018

LOT 304


HKD 20,000 - 28,000

CHF 2,500 - 3,500 / USD 2,600 - 3,600

Sold: HKD 32,500

Aluminium open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, ultra-lightWEIGHT dress-watch, snap-on case-back, subsidiary seconds at 6 Case-back engraved in taille-douce with a French dedication to Mr. P. A. Doucet for his 25th anniversary of services.

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin

Model especially made for The Canadian Aluminium Limited Company, Montreal

Reference Ref. 4348

Year 1948

Movement No. 482 135

Case No. 307 853

Caliber 439 / 7, 17''', aluminium, with swan-neck micrometer regulator, adjusted to temperature

Dimensions Ø 45 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box, hang tag and instructions booklet "Votre montre aluminium" (Your Aluminium Watch);


Vacheron Constantin, watch with aluminium movement, dial, hands and case The total WEIGHT of this watch, including case, movement, dial, hands and the glass, is 20 grams! This model of watch was especially and only made by Vacheron Constantin for The Canadian Aluminium Limited Company (Aluminium Fiduciaries Limited, Montreal) in few examples, between 1938 and 1955, and presented to important visitors or offered to the employees of the Canadian company for their 25th anniversary of services. This type of watch is described, around 1950, in different professional newspapers. For a detailed description of Vacheron Constantin aluminium watches, see: Antiquorum Geneva, April 3, 2005, thematic auction, "The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin", Ch. III, pp. 76-77 (lots 47-49). An identical watch was sold by Antiquorum, Geneva, October 14, 1990, for the amount of CHF 27 600.- The watches presented in the thematic auction dedicated to Vacheron Constantin by Antiquorum, Geneva, April 3, 2005, lots 47, 48 and 49, were respectively sold at CHF 9 200.-, CHF 7 475.- and CHF 9 200.- Bibliography "Aluminium Watches", in The American Horologist and Jeweler, July 1949, p. 63. "Des montres en aluminium ?", in Journal Suisse d'Horlogerie et de Bijouterie, Nos 9-10, September-October 1950, pp. 292-293. "Un chronomètre extra-plat en aluminium", in Revue de l'Aluminium, No. 174, February 1951, pp. 59-60. "Chronomètre extra-plat en aluminium", in Revue International de l'Horlogerie Suisse, July 1952, No. 7, pp. 20-22. Antiquorum, Genève, auction, April 3, 2005, "The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin", ch. III, pp. 76-77 (lots 47-49).