Today's offering showcases this rare and very fine Art Deco Vacheron & Constantin watch.
In the first decade after the turn of the twentieth century when someone referred to a gentleman's watch they most often meant one object - a large, timing instrument kept in the pocket. When the first World War erupted, demand rose sharply for these novel watches as Allied servicemen needed a more suitable way to a access their vital timepieces.
The fine midsized Vacheron & Constantin timepiece featured in this offering is an example of one of the company's early wristwatches.
Often referred to as a Trench Watch, watches like this one enabled an officer to coordinate his men's activities with precision with just a glance at his wrist. With its easy to read porcelain dial its pocket watch heritage is clearly visible.
Originally intended for men but by today's standard a "boys" size / small midsize watch, it is well-suited for someone who doesn't have large wrists.
Its case is in excellent condition with light wear and two pin pricks in the back. On the wrist it presents nicely. Its very cool original and untouched enamel dial is just short of perfect mint.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. The movement is very clean. Photos of the inside available upon request.
It is running exceptionally strong and true. Amazingly, after nearly a full century it continues to keep time on par with a brand new high-end watch in our testing position.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 399,027
Year built: c. 1925
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men - a small mid-sized watch by today's standard
Case material: Sterling silver
Case markings (inside): Correctly stamped, case number 250,580, numerous hand-etched watchmaker's marks showing an extensive service history.
Case condition: Excellent with light wear and two pin pricks in the back
Dimensions: 28mm diameter (excluding crown) by 34mm long lug-tip-to-tip
Dial: White porcelain, black painted Art Deco Arabic numbers, signed Vacheron & Constantin, outer minute track, original and untouched, just short of perfect mint with one slight hairline near 12 visible under magnification
Hands: Original, blue steel Breguet "moons", bluing mostly no longer present on minute hand
Movement type: Extremely high grade, Vacheron & Constantin, frosted gilt, manually wound, cut bimetallic compensation balance, Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator
Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin with Maltese Cross, Geneve, Suisse, 399,027
Band: Genuine Java lizard, remborde, lightly worn very good condition, equipped with watch's original or period correct unsigned buckle. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running exceptionally strong and true. Amazingly, after nearly a full century it continues to keep time on par with a brand new high-end watch in our testing position.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.