Today's offering showcases this rare and stunning Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch. Its unusual design and 18K gold and enamel case with sapphire set crown are exemplary, and its world-class ultra thin movement embodies the quality and style one expects from one of the world's finest watchmakers.
Specially made for J. E. Caldwell, one of Philadelphia's premier retailers at the turn of the century, it bears the prestigious name on the dial, movement, and case. The extremely high-grade movement with eight adjustments is also signed Vacheron & Constantin.
In vintage times, Vacheron & Constantin company enlisted the help of the one of the best American case manufacturers of the day, Cresarrow of New York, for certain watches intended for the U.S. market. Such is the case with this watch. Founded by Henry Blank in the late nineteenth century, Cresarrow contracted with Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, Tiffany, Cartier, and IWC among others to build some of the beautiful examples of their early wristwatch cases.
We were fortunate to acquire it with all of its original parts. It has a wonderful original 18K gold crown with cabochon sapphire.
Its 18K gold case with black tracery enamel case in is in beautiful condition, just short of mint. Its dial appears to have been refinished in vintage times, and is clean and presents very nicely.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled its high-grade ultra thin movement down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It is keeping accurate time. Photos of the inside available upon request.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity. Vacheron & Constantin
As the world's oldest watchmaker, Vacheron & Constantin certainly 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 tier 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 scarce. 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.: 376,683
Year built: c. 1915 - 1920
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case style: Open face
Setting type: Stem set
Case material: 14K Gold
Case markings (inside): Cresarrow hallmark, 18K gold, 22909
Case condition: Just short of mint with very light rippling to the back and very slight imperfections to the enamel
Bow condition: Excellent
Dial: Silver with Art Deco black painted Arabic numerals, outer minute track, refinished in vintage times, clean and presents very nicely with one small age spot
Hands: Blue steel, original, "diamonds"
Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Vacheron & Constantin, rhodium plated, extra flat, 8 adjustments, index regulator
Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin, Swiss, 8 Adjustments, 18 Jewels, J.E. Caldwell Co., Philadelphia
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
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
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.