Item No. 8526SH
The extremely fine, rare and exquisite Vacheron & Constantin ladies wristwatch showcased in today's offering is a truly exceptional ladies watch and showcases why special masterpieces from this elite maker are sought-after by women of distinction, Hollywood actresses, and any lady desiring to wear a true world-class timepiece.
Watches like this are most often found in museums or the prestigious auction houses in New York, Geneve, and Hong Kong.
It was made circa the early the mid-1920's at a time when V & C was producing far fewer ladies watches than they do today - watches this early are not often seen and only very rarely with this incredible level of decoration. We will be showing photos of it to V & C's vintage department shortly.
Presumably made for the U.S. market, its case made possesses a stunning level of artistic refinement and decoration. Our photos couldn't begin to do it justice.
Bejeweled with diamonds and sapphires custom cut to match the shape of the case and set in platinum, it showcases a beautiful, balanced design. It is decorated not only on the sides of the case but also on the back, showing the painstaking level of effort invested even in parts that are only seen by its owner. Equipped with a very high-grade Vacheron & Constantin mechanism it unites inner and outer beauty.
Its movement is extremely finely crafted, on par in quality and craftsmanship with only the very top tier of watches by the likes of Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. It was originally crafted and adjusted with five adjustments for very accurate timekeeping.
Its extremely comfortable original 18K white gold "à petites mailles" style bracelet has a stunning diamond studded clasp and clever, adjustable design to fit different wrist sizes.
We were fortunate to acquire it in such fabulous original condition. All of its parts are original. Its stunning case, bejeweled with diamonds and sapphires, presents as better than near mint condition. On the wrist, it presents as just short of mint.
Its untouched, original dial with enamel painted indices, shows only fairly mild aging. Wristwatches made this early in the eras before ubiquitous branding were often not signed on the dial.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation and testing it on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn (a $995 value). We have also very carefully and discretely reinforced a couple of tiny spots on the bracelet, so it is ready for many more years of enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a full page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
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