1942 Vacheron & Constantin Vintage WWII Era Mens Watch - 18K Rose Gold

Vacheron & Constantin

Item No. 8636

Today's offering showcases this early World War II era mens Vacheron & Constantin watch in 18K rose gold.

While modern Vacheron & Constantin watches can be purchased at jewelry boutiques around the world, examples of their vintage pieces are not as common. Their scarcity results from Vacheron & Constantin's attention to detail and strict quality standards, which limited their production capacity in the 1940's to only twenty to thirty timepieces per day.

Housed in what was originally a water-resistant style case with a screw back and equipped with a high grade movement with sweep seconds, this Vacheron & Constantin watch possessed the necessary capabilities for demanding uses, while also being elegant and stylish.

An interesting functional design element of the case is its antimagnetic design. It has an iron ring with cap that forms a Faraday cage around the movement protecting it from magnetic and electromagnetic fields and also offering another layer of physical protection. Please inquire if you would like a photo showing the cap.

Further showing off its capabilities, it technical dial with 1/2 second markings made precise timing possible and served the needs of men in military, technical, sporting, or racing fields.

We are pleased to offer it in original condition. It is all-original except for the crown, which is nearly a perfect period replacement. These watches did not have signed crowns...the original would have look almost exactly like this one.

Its case presents in beautiful condition and still retains its hallmark underneath one of the bottom lugs. Its dial appears original and untouched and has toned giving it a true vintage look. If you would like to have the dial restored, please inquire.

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, installing a new internal detent and detent screw, installing a near perfectly matched crown, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $695 value).

Its high-grade Vacheron & Constantin movement originally adjusted even to remain accurate across a wide range of temperatures is very clean and keeping extremely accurate time. We have timed it on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist. It kept time nearly on par with a new V & C running within five seconds per day.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap and rose gold tone buckle making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 458,960
  • Year built: c. early 1940's
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case dimensions: 32.5mm wide (excluding crown), 38mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Case material: 18K rose gold
  • Case condition: Beautiful condition. Better than near mint with one tiny pin prick in back and a tiny pin prick mark on the edge of the back. Still retains its hallmark under one of the bottom lugs.
  • Dial: Silver, signed Vacheron & Constantin, 1/2 second outer markings, rose gold applique spherical and Arabic markers, appears original and untouched, warmed and aged to a sepia tone. Please inquire if you would like it restored to like new.
  • Hands: Original, rose gold batons and blue steel sweep seconds
  • Movement type: Vacheron & Constantin caliber 466/2B, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to temperatures, self-compensating Breguet balance-spring, index regulator
  • Movement markings: Vacheron & Constantin with Maltese Cross, Geneve, Swiss, 17 Jewels, 466/2B, Adjusted to Temperatures
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Beat frequency: 18,000 BPH
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with unsigned rose gold tone buckle
  • Width between lugs: 18mm
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have also timed it on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist. It kept time nearly on par with a new V & C running within five seconds per day. 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.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • 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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