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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED FAMILY

Vacheron Constantin
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE YELLOW GOLD MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL REF 4261 MVT 501909 CASE 328060 CIRCA 1953
Estimación
125.000175.000
Lote. Vendido 197,000 USD (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED FAMILY

Vacheron Constantin
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE YELLOW GOLD MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL REF 4261 MVT 501909 CASE 328060 CIRCA 1953
Estimación
125.000175.000
Lote. Vendido 197,000 USD (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
SALTAR AL LOTE

Details & Cataloguing

Vacheron Constantin
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT LARGE YELLOW GOLD MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH TWO-TONE DIAL REF 4261 MVT 501909 CASE 328060 CIRCA 1953
• manual winding nickel lever movement, 25 jewels, repeating on 2 steel gongs • two-tone silvered dial, applied gold sculpted dagger indexes to the guilloché contrasting chapter ring, Cubist Arabic numerals to the matte centerfield at the quarters, outer pearled minute tracking • large slim 18k gold case, stepped chamfered bezel, repeating slide to the band, teardrop lugs, snap back • case, dial and movement signed
diameter 36 mm
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With a Certificate of Authenticity from Vacheron Constantin.

The present example is offered on behalf of a Distinguished Family in whose care the watch has remained until the present. Offered for the first time at auction, this highly important minute repeating wristwatch is noted for its striking two-tone dial, made more unusual and rare by the configuration and choice of hour markers.

Among the few examples of Ref. 4261 known to exist, the majority feature Roman numerals, and in some examples, baton indexes. According to our research, there is only one other watch known, no. 501906, which features the sculpted dagger and Arabic numerals at the quarters such as the present example. The present lot and the aforementioned piece differ most notably in the fact that the present lot features a dramatic and immediately recognizable two-tone dial. Bearing this research in mind, it can be deduced that the present lot may be unique within the coveted Ref. 4261 genre.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Vacheron Constantin produced a very small number of minute repeating wristwatches under the reference number 4261. It is estimated that in total, fewer than 40 examples were created. The model is considered to be among the most spectacular of all of Vacheron Constantin's vintage production. It is known for its distinctive and large case featuring handsome teardrop lugs. The extremely slim movement is perfectly proportioned to ensure the watch's case remains elegantly slim. The overall effect is one of understated sophistication: the watch's classic design conceals the extreme complexity of the highly engineered movement.

Two examples of Ref. 4261 with different dial layouts are illustrated in Cologni, F. Secrets of Vacheron Constantin, p. 224.

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