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Mens 1906 Vacheron & Constantin - Geneva Vintage Watch Highest Grade Chronometer For Sale
VACHERON & CONSTANTIN
UNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE VERY BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WATCH 1906 VERY BEAUTIFUL MECHANICAL WORK
If you have been collecting watches for a while I think you’re going to appreciate the following timepiece. One could argue that the word “RARE” gets tossed around a bit too easily on but I think this is one case where the moniker is well deserved.
Here is a truly pristine men’s timepiece by “VACHERON & CONSTANTIN” that dates to 1906.
It is a marriage watch that features an ORIGINAL PORCELAIN DIAL, GOLD PLATED CASE and original pocket watch HIGHEST GRADE mechanism with STRAIGHT LINE DAMASKEENING, TWO-PART WINDING BRIDGE, WINDING WHEELS WITH WOLF TEETH TRANSMISSION, BLUE STEEL SCREWS, GOLD WHEELS and SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING.
A marriage watch is the term used for a new, modern case that has been used to house a vintage pocket watch movement.
BRIEF MAIN INFORMATION
MOVEMENT: ORIGINAL signed by VACHERON & CONSTANTIN.
DIAL: ORIGINAL porcelain dial.
CASE: NEW gold plated case that provides with glass cover of back lid.
WATCH CRYSTAL: The gently domed MINERAL GLASSES (front & back) are in excellent condition. The movement is running superbly and keeping good time, recently serviced.
SHIPPING: Worldwide – FREE.
PAYMENT: PAYPAL within 7 days.
RETURNS: I provide 100% refunds within 60 days from date of sale ending, , no question's asked and without opening the case in Resolution Center and negative or neutral response from your side.
The history of Vacheron Constantin
The Once and Future King
One of the greatest names in Swiss watchmaking, Vacheron & Constantin is the archetype of the Prestige Swiss Watch Company. Vacheron & Constantin, along with Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, make up the classic Trinity of 20th century Swiss watch brands. With a customer list in their Golden Book that reads like a veritable World Who's Who of the past two and a half centuries, Vacheron and Constantin's pedigree and recognized brand cachet is without question. That they have maintained their position at the apex of the watchmaking firmament throughout their existence, across the years and spanning the generations, makes their reputation all the more impressive.
To understand the glory that is Vacheron & Constantin, knowledge of their history and past achievements is necessary. Since their earliest days, the Vacheron name has been synonymous with fine watchmaking. The name has been well regarded by the cognoscenti and the industry insiders, always spoken with a degree of reverence and respect.
Set amidst the backdrop of the European Age of Enlightenment, Revolution, and the chaos of social and political upheaval, Vacheron & Constantin's story parallels that of the history of the modern Western World. It is an interesting and worthy history indeed.
Watchmaker's Workshop in 18th Century Geneva
Christophe De Ziegler, Geneva Kunsthistorisches Museum
Vacheron and Constantin's origins can be honestly traced back to 1755, when the 24 year old Jean-Marc Vacheron joined the ranks of the Cabinotier of Geneva. Cultured, well read, and a respected member of the intelligentsia of the time, young Jean-Marc quickly established a reputation for producing timepieces of the highest grade. Vacheron's reputation extended to the Royal Courts of Europe, where their creations impressed even the Court Timekeeper and Royal Watchmakers.
One of the great seeming contradictions of Haute Horlogerie is the worship of hand craftsmanship, the mystique of the human touch, in an endeavour that is often better served by mechanized production. In an ironic way, this same paradox partially accounts for the renaissance of the mechanical watch in the last two decades of the 20th century. In an age of virtual reality and digital paradigms, the sensual image of human hands polishing and adjusting a complicated movement, hearing the soft tic-tic-tic of the escapement, precise and reliable beyond all other complex mechanical systems, is somehow soothing and lends some degree of comfort to humans that are, after all, inherently part of the analog, physical world.
Chronology of The House of Vacheron Constantin
1755 Foundation by Jean-Marc Vacheron.
1819 François Constantin joins the company.
1839 Hired as a production engineer, Georges-Auguste Leschot revolutionised watchmaking techniques by inventing the pantograph.
1880 Appearance of the “Maltese Cross” in the Vacheron Constantin logotype, based on a movement part fixed to the barrel and which made it possible to limit the degree of winding required for the latter.
1906 Inauguration of the very first Vacheron Constantin boutique, which is still located today on Quai de l’Ile in Geneva.
1935 Creation of one of the most complex pocket-watches ever made by Vacheron Constantin. Ordered by King Farouk of Egypt, this masterpiece took five years to create.
1955 200th anniversary and launch of the Patrimony, the world’s thinnest mechanical watch.
1979 Carved directly from a one-kilo solid gold ingot, the Kallista is set with 118 diamonds totalling 130 carats - five years of patient work. At the time, this was the most expensive watch ever sold.
1996 Vacheron Constantin joins the Richemont Group.
2004 Opening of the new head office and the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva and renovation of the brand’s historic head office: “La Maison Vacheron Constantin”, including an exclusive Boutique, a heritage center and the “Métiers d’Art” workshops.
2005 250th anniversary of the brand.
2005 Creation of the Tour de l’Ile, the world’s most complicated watch with double-faced display featuring an unprecedented combination of 16 horological complications and astronomical indications, and the Saint Gervais, a watch combining for the very first time a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon and over ten days’ power reserve.
2006 Vacheron Constantin pays tribute to the most noble, rare and precious of metals with the Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine
The ORIGINAL white PORCELAIN sunken dial is in excellent condition, absolutely no chips of abuse. It is complete a crisp 60 minute outer track border, elegant black enamel painted main Roman numerals, GOLD Spade-style hands and a separate sunken sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer track, elegant Arabic numerals and "sweep" steel seconds hand. Signed BIGELOW KENNARD & Co – BOSTON in black enamel below the XII.
It is a registered design model that features a three piece GOLD PLATED case that provides with glass cover of back lid. This watch was converted from pocket watch. The case, new custom made, fantastic, build specially for this wonderful Vacheron & Constantin movement. The gently domed MINERAL GLASSES is in excellent condition. The lugs are in great condition while the winding crown is in very good shape and operates properly. The case is signed VACHERON & CONSTANTIN on the lateral bezel.
Peeking inside via the glass lid I find a spotless and high quality, manual wind nickel plated lever escapement movement with STRAIGHT LINE DAMASKEENING, TWO-PART WINDING BRIDGE, WINDING WHEELS WITH WOLF TEETH TRANSMISSION, BLUE STEEL SCREWS, GOLD WHEELS and SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING.
The movement is signed VACHERON & CONSTANTIN – SWISS – BIGELOW KENNARD & Co – BOSTON – ADJUSTED.
Also it signed movement serial number #300,121. This serial number corresponds to the 1906 production date as per published records.
This beautiful wristwatch has the ORIGINAL movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.
To set the time, has to pull up a special lever between the IIII (four) and the V (five) and move the crown to adjust the hands.
It is fitted on a new 20mm brown lizard grain style strap genuine leather with golden steel buckle that is vintage style and goes great with this wonderful watch.
Diameter (with crown): 52.00 mm Diameter (without crown): 48.00 mm Watch crystal diameter: 41.00 15.00 mm
This rare watch winds and set smoothly while keeping very good, accurate time.
Because of the vintage nature of the watch I cannot guarantee its absolute time keeping accuracy even if they are in good running condition and in some rare occasions may require additional adjustment.
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Recommendations for the owner of vintage watches:
- All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).
- Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.
- Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
- If your watch becomes wet it should be dried off quickly. Carefully open all covers and use a hair drier to blow dry the movement, dial, covers, crown. This will reduce the amount of rust.
- If your watch becomes wet with any kind of salt water you should immediately immerse or spray your watch with fresh (no-salt) water to remove all the salt from the works before drying the watch completely. Any salt left in the watch will combine with moisture in the air to rust metal components of the movement, case etc.
- Winding any mechanical watch tight may break the mainspring. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard.
- When adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.
- If you must adjust counter-clockwise make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, NOT hours).
- Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Don't make sharp movements, and don't touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.
- Every 2-3 years it is necessary to service and oil vintage watches.
- If the watch is dirty - allow the watch to run down, don't wind it again until you have it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove important lubricants and cause the movement pieces to wear down.
- To clean the case, dial and crystal you should use a cloth that does NOT leave fibers as these may get caught up in the movement. Check with your Watch repair expert to get an appropriate cloth.
- Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made with iron based components in the movement.
- Most Cases and Covers are fine components and will not handle abuse well. The watch should not be shaken, beaten, or stressed.
- Antique watches generally experience an error of up to 5-7 minutes a day. Any accuracy of +- 5 minutes is very good.
Buyer must notify me within 24 hrs of sale close as to how and when he or she intends to pay. Winning buyers must fully pay within 7 days of the sale. After 7 days the piece will be relisted and appropriate action taken against the non-paying buyer. I participate in the Non-Paying buyer program. Do not offer if you are not going to pay for your sale.
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Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage.
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We pack all items well but some antique watches are just not made to travel at today's speed and may need set up and possibly adjustment after shipping and because of that I'm sorry but can not guarantee function or accuracy after shipping.
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Mens 1906 Vacheron & Constantin - Geneva Vintage Watch Highest Grade Chronometer: $2,750