Today's offering showcases this handsome and desirable tear drop lug model.
Elegant yet understated, it appeals to the man who is satisfied knowing that he was wearing one of finest watches in the world and does not need to parade it. We have always felt that V & C's tear drop lug watches from this narrow era are some of the most elegant high-end dress watches.
It is equipped with a high-grade Vacheron & Constantin movement that is outfitted with an early, indirect sweep seconds mechanism with half second markings. Originally designed for physician's to time their patient's pulse and for professional use in other technical and sporting fields, it possesses all the necessary capabilities to earn it its place among the finest handwound timepieces in the world.
Made mostly during World War II, this fine watch dates to c. 1942 - 1943.
It has all of its original Vacheron and Constantin parts except the vintage crown which is a very good match to the original in fit and style.
On the wrist it presents in pleasing condition. Its 18K Vacheron & Constantin case presents in excellent condition. It shows only light signs of previous polishing to the back and the back has light remnants of wear, a light indention, and a light pin prick. On the wrist it presents as just short of mint.
Its silver dial is a very high quality restoration done in early vintage times. Plesae inquire if you would like it freshly refinished. And its high-grade Vacheron & Constantin movement is clean.
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 (a $695 value).
It is running strong and true, keeping time essentially on par with a new V & C in our testing position. It has a mineral glass crystal that provides a clear view to the edge of the large concave dial.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate. Vacheron & Constantin:
As the world's oldest watchmaker, Vacheron & Constantin sets the bar for what constitutes a world-class timepiece. Prized by kings and queens, heads of state, and prominent public figures, their timepieces rank among 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." The result of their carrying out this commitment has led to the development some of the most exceptional timepieces in the world.
Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 451,463
Year built: c. first half of the 1940's
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold
Case condition: Presents in excellent condition. It shows only light signs of previous polishing to the back, and the back has light remnants of wear, a light indention, and a light pin prick. On the wrist it presents as just short of mint.
Dimensions: 31.7mm wide excluding crown- 33.5mm with crown, 39.2mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Signed Vacheron & Constantin, silver, concave - sometimes called "pie pan" style, gold applied baton and Arabic indices, very high quality restoration in vintage times
Hands: Original, gold, baton, blue steel seconds
Movement type: Very high grade, Cal. V453, Vacheron & Constantin, manually wound, rhodium-plated, fausses côtes decoration, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted to temperatures, shock absorber, self compensating flat balance spring
Jewels: 17 rubies
Beat frequency: 18,000 BPH
Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Crystal: Mineral glass, excellent condition, provides a clear view to the edge of the large concave dial.
Serviced: 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 (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. 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 and did contract watchmaking work for Vacheron & Constantin.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.