1173. Vacheron & Constantin Watch No. 339069, New Steel Case 35 mm, 1910

The company Vacheron & Constantin has been around since 1755, and from the very beginning have produced expensive watches, all the while constantly striving to improve the level of quality. The company have worked continuously without ever deviating from their principles, even during difficult periods of world and watch history. Today, Vacheron & Constantin are one of the most well respected, expensive and prestigious watch brands.

This watch is based on the original Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch movement, the catalogue number corresponding to 1910. The gold case was melted down for scrap long ago, but the watchmakers kept the expensive, high-quality movement. The new steel case was made specifically for this movement, with minimal tolerances. The shape of the new case is in the antique style of the first wristwatches from 1905 – 1910. The antique movement can be admired through the glass caseback. There is a knob for setting the hands next to the crown.

Original enamel dial without any restorations, bearing the original signature “VACHERON & CONSTANTIN GENEVE”. The mechanism has another interesting feature – a non-standard vibration frequency. The V&C manufactory could afford to deviate from the standard of the time, and cut wheelsets with a non-standard number of teeth, resulting in a frequency of 18,600 vibrations/hour instead of the classic 18,000 vph.

The watch is small and comfortable, size 35 mm, while case is quite thick and looks fairly large and chunky, a harmonious combination. There is a 6-month guarantee on the functionality of the mechanism, and a new military-type wrist strap is included.

Body: 10/10 (like new)

Watch face: 10/10 (like new)

Mechanism: 9/10 (near perfect)

Accuracy: 9/10 (near perfect)

New, steel custom-made antique style case, with double glazing. Movable lugs on olive mounts. Flip-down caseback with slightly convex glass. Has been treated with a combination of polishing and satin-brushing (matte). The crown is an ‘onion’ shaped antique. There is a knob for setting the hands on the side. In perfect condition, new case, not worn.

Dimensions:

  • Diameter without crown 35 mm.
  • Width with crown 38 mm.
  • Height of the mounting of the lugs is 41.5 mm.

Original enamel dial with Roman numerals, signed “VACHERON & CONSTANTIN GENEVE”. The hands are dark purple in colour, with a small second disc at the 6 o’clock position. Mineral glass, front convex. Perfect condition no cracks, original with no restorations.

The movement is branded, a typical caliber of V&C production, high-end with 16 jewels, nickel silver plates and bridges. The jewels are a dark ruby colour, the cogs are polished. Wind-up wheels in oblique wolf’s teeth shape. Bimetallic balance with thermocompensation and adjustment screws, unusual frequency of 18,600 vph / hour, Breguet balance spiral. Thin anchor fork with mirror chamfers, processed to a very high-quality. Signed by VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, in very good condition.

The watch has been professionally serviced, the movement is precise and accurate. The set includes a new high-quality military-type wrist strap made of genuine leather.

The operation of the mechanism has a 6-month guarantee, subject to the rules of operation.

Additional Links:

The history of the V&C company on their official website.

STATUS: UNAVAILABLE (removed from the collection)