Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 65


EUR 50,000 - 150,000

USD 54,000 - 162,000 / HKD 418,000 - 1,260,000 / CHF 49,500 - 150,000

Sold: EUR 104,000

A very fine and very rare, stainless steel, self-winding, "tonneau"-shaped, large and massive, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with snap-on case-back and bezel, black colour dial with applied radial luminescent indexes, and instantaneous date of the month.

Case-back engraved with the mention “222”; the front encrusted at 5 o’clock with a tiny cross of Malta.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Geneva

Model "222", so called "Jumbo"

Reference 44018/411

Year circa 1978

Movement No. 685 933

Case No. 522 064

Material stainless steel

Bracelet ntegrated stainless steel VC bracelet with deployant cllasp

Length 160 mm. (approx.)

Caliber K1121, 36 jewels

Dimensions 37 mm.

Weight 98.3 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories papers from Gay Frères


Designed by Jorg Hysek (born in 1953), the Ref. “222”, so-called “Jumbo”, was the response by Vacheron Constantin to the Patek Philippe “Nautilus” and Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak”, both designed by Gérald Genta (1931-2011) respectively in 1976 and 1972. Stamped “222” on the case-back in celebration of their 222nd . Anniversary, it was produced in steel, steel and gold and 18K gold in 500 pieces only over the eight-year production. All the famous names of the time were associated to this model: Gay Frères for the bracelet and Stern for the dial. 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).

According to correspondance with the manufacture this watch dates back to 1978.Kept in overall good condition, it is a great opportunity to acquire a milestone of oversize steel sport watches produced in lower numbers than their competitors of the time.