Geneva, May 15, 2023

LOT 432


CHF 50,000 - 80,000

EUR 51,000 - 82,000 / USD 57,000 - 91,000 / HKD 442,000 - 710,000

Sold: CHF 62,500

A very fine, rare, large, self-winding, 18k yellow gold wristwatch with date

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3


Dial: 2-05-02

Very good

HANDS Luminous material reapplied

HANDS Service hands

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Switzerland

Model 222

Reference 44018/411

Year Made in 1980

Movement No. 719153

Case No. 549059

Bracelet 18k yellow gold Vacheron Constantin/ Gay Freres bracelet, approx. overall length 165 mm.

Diameter 37 mm.

Caliber 1121

Signature Dial, case and movement signed

Accessories Extract from the archives, overhaul invoice from Rabat dated 2018 in the amount of Euros 4'570


In the mid-1970’s, as the arrival of quartz watches harmed the Swiss watch industry, the great manufacturers reacted late by launching new models of watches made by young designers.
These watches are disruptive, informal and casual! Their stylistic codes go against everything we’ve seen before. These are high-class sports watches with integrated bracelets, which are a radical break from the traditional wristwatches of these important houses.

Audemars Piguet launches its “Royal Oak”, Patek Philippe its “Nautilus”, IWC its “Ingenieur SL”; all three designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011), a Genevan designer jeweller.

In 1977, to celebrate its 222nd Anniversary, Vacheron Constantin launched its “222”, designed by Jorg Hysek, a young German designer (born in 1953): a thin "tonneau"-shaped case, with a rounded bezel and a tiny cross of Malta encrusted at 5 o’clock.

The “222” is produced in different versions:
· Ø 37 mm., with a self-winding movement with date at 3 o'clock, made on the basis of Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 920 (also used for the “Nautilus” and the “Royal Oak”);
· Ø 34 mm., with a self-winding movement with date at 3 o'clock (a derivative of the previous movement of the Manufacture of Le Sentier);
· Ø 25 mm., with quartz movement.

The “222” is available in different materials and is, in fact, produced in very small quantities:
· steel (less than 520 examples);
· gold and steel (less than 150 examples);
· all gold (less than 150 examples).

Manufactured for only 7 years, it will be replaced in 1984 by the “333”, a rectangular evolution that will last only 2 years.

Like the “Royal Oak” and the “Nautilus”, the “222” is now an icon of watchmaking from the 1970’s.


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