Lot 2149
  • 2149

Vacheron & Constantin

120,000 - 180,000 HKD
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  • dimensions 31 x 31 mm
• cal. R.A. 11'''62 Nouveau manual winding rodium-plated movement, 16 jewels, straight line lever escapement, bimetallic balance • white enamel dial, Breguet numerals and hands, sunk subsidiary dial for constant seconds • 18k yellow gold cushion-form case, crown at the top left corner over the 12 o'clcok • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Vacheron Constantin buckle  


Manual winding movement running while cataloguing, however it is recommended to get service in the near future for accurate time keeping. Enamel dial looks nice, one minor hairline on the top of 7 o'clock, one minor enamel loss by the center of the subsidiary second hand. Case and buckle with scuffs from normal wear, it is our opinion that the case has been gently repolished but still remain good definition. Overall well preserved for its age. **The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

With a Vacheron Constantin Certificate of Authenticity. 

The original ¿American¿ was introduced by Vacheron Constantin in 1919 with an unusual dial shifted 45° from its normal orientation. It carried an R.A 11 lignes Nouveau Amerique movement which originally designed for a pendant watch as the idea of wristwatch was at its infancy back then. In 1921, the dial was modified, making it more suitable for right-handed wearer, and named ¿American 1921¿.According to our reserch only 12 examples of this model, the original 1919 American, were made.