Today's offering showcases this all-original mens Vacheron & Constantin pocketwatch. Its world-class movement with wolf's tooth gearing and swans neck regulation embodies the quality and style one expects from one of the world's finest watchmakers.
Specially made for Edwards and Le Bron of Chattanooga, one of the South's premier jewelers at the time, it bears the prestigious name on the dial, movement, and case. The extremely high-grade movement with eight adjustments is also signed Vacheron & Constantin.
An interesting article about Edwards and Le Bron can be found here
. And an old photo of their building can be found here
It is fully original down to the hands and bow. Its original 14K case is in excellent condition. Its porcelain dial is 99.9% perfect with a tiny nick to the edge of the seconds register visible under magnification.
Our watchmaker has just freshly cleaned and oiled the high-grade movement. It is running strong and true.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Note: An old ad in the Chattanooga city directory advertising section showed that in addition to other offerings Edwards & Le Bron also offered "Your eyes tested free by our expert opticians." Mixing optometry and watchmaking/jewelry was not always unusual...one of our two watchmakers - the watchmaker who serviced this watch - is both a lifelong watchmaker and a Doctor of Optometry. Vacheron & Constantin:
As the world's oldest watchmaker, Vacheron & Constantin in certain sets the bar for what constitutes a world-class timepiece. Prized by royalty, heads of state, and prominent public figures, their timepieces rank in the top teir of the most exclusive and expensive in the world.
Since the early 1800's, the elite Swiss firm Vacheron & Constantin has had as it's motto "Do better if possible... and that's always possible."
In contrast to modern Vacheron & Constantin watches that can be purchased at various jewelry boutiques around the world, their vintage pieces are fairly scare. Vacheron & Constantin's attention to detail and strict quality standards limited their production capacity in the 1930's to only twenty to thirty timepieces per day.
Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 364,817
Year built: c. 1915
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case style: Open face
Setting type: Stem set
Case material: 14K Gold
Case markings (outside): Ornately personalized 'DS'
Case condition: Excellent with light wear and a light of small light indentions. The cuvette is not spring loaded.
Bow condition: Excellent
Dial: White enamel with dauphine numerals, outer minute track, sunken subsidiary seconds, mint condition
Hands: Blue steel, original, Breguet 'moons'
Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Vacheron & Constantin, rhodium plated, wolf's tooth gearing, swan's neck micrometer regulator for precision timing adjustments, made for Edwards & Le Bron
Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin, Swiss, 8 Adjustments, 17 Jewels, Edwards & Le Bron, Chattanooga
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
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.