VACHERON CONSTANTIN | STAINLESS-STEEL COMPLETE CALENDAR GENTLEMAN’S WRISTWATCH, REF 4240
STAINLESS-STEEL COMPLETE CALENDAR GENTLEMAN’S WRISTWATCH, REF 4240
Exceptionally rare and quintessentially Vacheron Constantin, the reference 4240 employs a complete calendar — meaning it displays the day, date and month — inspired by the manufacture’s calendar pocket watches of the early 20th century. This piece, produced in 1945, is one of the very few 4240s ever made in steel. The brand’s archives show less than fifty were ever registered. The streamlined case design is leant depth from three gadroons middle, three-tones fine granulated, satined surface dial textures, punctuated with enameled numerals and graphic red text in more of its distinctive claw lugs. The production of Model 4240 started in 1942. Less than 50 pieces are registered in the Vacheron Constantin archives.
Dial: Silvered dial, printed Arabic numerals and baton indexes
Calibre: cal. 121/2 455 manual wind, 16 jewels
Movement number: 429’777
Case: stainless steel, snap-on back
Case number: 273’851
Closure: 18k white gold Vacheron Constantin pin buckle
Dimensions: diameter 35mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Manufactured: in 1945
This watch will come with a certificate of authenticity and an exclusive box provided by Vacheron Constantin.
• Beryllium balance to insure temperature compensation
• hairspring with a terminal curve to reduce the bad effects of gravity
• Rhodium-plated brass movement which protects against corrosion and preserve the Côtes de Genève decoration. Traditional Genevan finishing which gives a unique aspect to the bridges.
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Please note that this timepiece has been fully serviced by the Vacheron Constantin Heritage Department.
DIAL: With scratches at 4 o’clock and around the arbor to the subsidiary seconds register. With marks throughout the outer-scale of the dial. With one deeper mark to the centre of the dial next to the base of the hands. The glass is a later replacement.
CASE: in good condition considering the age and wear of the timepiece. Case retains its original aspect and proportions. With some scratches to the crown and some faint scratches to the back.
MOVEMENT: Working at time of cataloguing. Date, day and month advancing.
The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
From Vacheron Constantin's Heritage Collection