Geneva, May 15, 2023

LOT 530


CHF 30,000 - 50,000

EUR 30,600 - 51,000 / USD 33,800 - 57,000 / HKD 266,000 - 442,000

Sold: CHF 40,000

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

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-17-54-02

Very good

Slightly spotted

Service dial

HANDS Service hands

Brand Vacheron Constantin, Switzerland

Model 222

Reference 44518/415J

Year Made in 1978

Movement No. 685585

Case No. 521951

Bracelet 18k yellow gold and diamond Vacheron Constantin/Gay Freres bracelet with deployant clasp, approx. overall length 173 mm.

Diameter 37 mm.

Caliber K1121, 36 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement signed


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.

This example reference 44518 is part of the diamond-set 222 series and was produced according to the Vacheron Constantin in 1978. While the gold version was only produced in 150 examples, the version with the bezel and partial bracelet are extremely rare, only a few examples have appeared on the market as of today.


Property of the original British owner