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I would like to know learn the history of  cioccolatone and the evolution of the style.

Can you help me and give us  some links? Thank you.

I believe this iconic VC design was first introduced in the mid-1950s
10/09/2016 - 14:44

I do not know the background or history of its design.  It is also known as Toeledo.  Ciccolatone is Italian for "small chocolate" and was the nickname that was given to this design by Italian collectors.

The watch came in time only and triple date versions.  The time only version often used Cal. 477, which is one of VC's first automatic, bumper, winding movements.  

The jumbo version of the triple-date is very highly sought after and I believe it uses Cal. 495.

thank you
10/10/2016 - 02:57

maybe some pieces use calibre.1019 ?

and cal.495 based on the cal.453 ?

Cioccolatone = big chocolate
10/10/2016 - 09:59

small chocolate = cioccolatino


Dan, your post set me in the mood for chocolate :-P



thank you Roberto, sorry about butchering the Italian language :-(
10/10/2016 - 15:42

For some reason, I thought I read years ago that it meant "little chocolate",  it may be senility settiling in? ;-)

No need
10/10/2016 - 16:43

actually dear Dan, it' takes a little "o", instead of an "i" to make this chocolate big or small and actually the word "cioccolatino" is used for smaller versions of similar mdoels :-)


A great review can be found
10/09/2016 - 19:11

by Bill over at Purists, here:

I'd only add that the distinctive "carre galbe" case shape was shared with other brands.  Here is one from UN:


Thanks Dean, Bill did a great review of this series! (nt)
10/09/2016 - 20:14
Re: Thanks Dean, Bill did a great review of this series! (nt)
10/10/2016 - 16:41

I certainly agree!

Bill had an excellent review of the model on the Purists site.

In looking back at the design, VC had a lot of very interesting shaped cases in the 1920's and 30's. But this "curved square" (carré galbé) shaped didn't appear until 1951, I believe with the Ref. 4742 which was really a forerunner of the current design. Several other square-ish designs also appeared at that time.

But the design we know today followed very quickly in the early 1950's with the 4737 (time only) and the 4764 (triple calendar).

The layed art-deco design is really unique and is an artistic beauty.

The name "cioccolatone" was not an official VC designation but a nick-name that originated in the watcvh community, as mentioned by dean in a 2014 thread

Here are a few pics of the layered case design:

 Thanks Dean, Bill did a great review of this series! (nt)

 Thanks Dean, Bill did a great review of this series! (nt)