1870's Vacheron & Constantin Mens Ornate Antique 46mm Pocket Watch - 18K Gold

Vacheron & Constantin

Item No. 8435SH

Today's offering showcases this very fine, rare and ornate Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch.

Its gorgeously designed and perfectly executed original 18K gold case with exquisite engine turning and scroll work, and its world-class ultra thin movement embodies the quality and style one expects from one of the world's finest watchmakers.

We were fortunate to acquire it with all of its original parts. It appears to have been hardly worn with an appreciation for its value, the tuck away safely for nearly all of its life.

It was made before the days of ubitquitous branding when it became customary for manufacturers to triple sign their watches. Its very high-grade key wind movement is signed Vacheron & Constantin.

Its 18K gold case with guilloche pattern and intricate scroll work presents as just short of mint. It has never been polished at all and retains wonderfully crisp details. Its dial is clean and presents very nicely.

One of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled its fine movement down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It is keeping extremely accurate time.

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 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
  • Year built: c. 1870's
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case style: Hunting Case
  • Setting type: Key wind, key set
  • Case material: 18K Gold
  • Case markings (inside): Warranted 18K, 2304, FB makers mark
  • Case markings (outside): Name discretely engraved on front shield
  • Case condition: Presents as just short of perfect mint with light wear and no signs of previous polishing. It retains very strong decorative details.
  • Bow condition: Excellent - very nice and tight
  • Dial: White enamel with black painted Roman numerals, outer minute track, clean and presents very nicely with previous discrete reinforcing the attachment of the seconds dial, no chips or hairlines visible with the naked
  • Hands: Original, gold, "Breguet moons"
  • Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Vacheron & Constantin, frosted gilt, right angle lever escapement, 15 jewels, index regulator
  • Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin
  • Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is keeping very accurate time.
  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
  • 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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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