1930's Vacheron & Constantin / Verger Art Deco Book Form Watch - 18K Gold, Enamel & Diamonds

Vacheron & Constantin

Item No. 9426

Today's offering showcases this exceedingly fine Vacheron & Constantin watch in book form. Made by Verger in partnership with Vacheron & Constantin for Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham it is truly spectacular.

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Such is the case with this incredible Vacheron & Constantin book form watch created by Verger and Vacheron & Constantin for the prestigious New York retailer Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham.

Its rarity makes it museum worthy.

The renowned Parisian jeweler Verger Freres is known for creating some of the most exceptional clock and watch masterpieces of the Art Deco era. Often referred to as the "jewelers jeweler" because they worked on some of the finest pieces for the most prestigious houses, and known for their nearly unrivaled creativity and design during the period, they crafted special pieces for the likes of Cartier, Lacloche Frères, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, Tiffany, Trabert & Hoeffer, Black, Starr & Frost and Bulgari.

In 1872 Ferdinand Verger, the company founder, became an agent for Vacheron & Constantin and continued to make a small number of exquisite pieces for the company over the next six decades. Arguably the most famous is the Vacheron & Constantin / Verger shutter watch, of which an example can be found here.

Black, Starr & Frost-Gorham ranked with Cartier and Tiffany & Co., and the watch bears the distinguished company's name on the dial. Founded in 1810, Black, Staff & Frost is the oldest continuously operating jewelry firm in the United States; in 1962 they purchased Cartier's U.S. operation.

It is gorgeously designed and perfectly executed with its heavy original 18K gold case in the shape of a book whose front and back covers both open. The inside of the front and back covers of the book are each designed to hold a photograph or small personal object like a lock of hair.

The case is adorned with enamel in Greek Key motifs and a line of diamonds on the front cover. It is an exquisite objet de vertu.

Powering the watch is its original handwound Vacheron & Constantin movement, one fit for a midsized mens watch from the era. It is high-grade with five adjustments.

We were fortunate to acquire it in all-original condition. It is very honest. The spine has two areas of partial enamel loss. Otherwise it presents in very fine condition. Its dial is untouched.

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 very 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.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to own an extremely rare and exquisite timepiece most often found in New York and Geneve auction houses and museums of timekeeping.

Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 404,719
Year built: c. 1930
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case style: Book form
Case material: 18K gold, enamel, and diamonds
Case markings (inside): Verger, precious metal hallmark, 10218
Case condition: It is very honest. The spine has two areas of partial enamel loss. Otherwise it presents in very fine condition.
Dial: Silver with applique Art Deco numerals, signed Black Starr Frost & Gorham, outer minute track, original and untouched
Dimensions: 36mm diameter by 37mm tall, 11mm thick
Hands: Original, "batons"
Movement type: Extremely high grade keyless pocket chronometer, signed Vacheron & Constantin, five adjustments, rhodium plated, right angle lever escapement, 15 jewels, index regulator
Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin, Swiss, Geneve, 5 Adjustments, 15 Jewels, 404,719
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: 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.
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 - 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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