an extremely creative and unusual watch: The Diamond Jim Brady

The American Heritage of Vacheron Constantin site has had the great advantage of encouraging collectors to present their watches and sometimes something really rare and unheard of pops up.

One of these is a watch made in 1910 for New York railroad mogul "Diamond" Jim Brady (1856-1917). He got his nickname from his love for diamonds. Brady's enormous appetite was as legendary as his wealth. It was not unusual for Brady to eat enough food for ten people.  An owner of one of Brady's a favorite restaurants, described him as "the best 25 customers I ever had"!

The Diamond Jim Brady watch is just as as original as the larger than life personna it belonged to. The case and dial have been engraved / guilloch with different patternsthen enameled in red transparent enamel.

This watch will also be on display at the NY boutique until end of Oct.

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Diamond Jim Brady Vacheron Constantin enamel

Different to see so much solid colour enamel
09/20/2011 - 14:42
I love the case back, but personally would have the dial in White enamel... And I'd have it in Blue. Great to see it, thanks Alex. G
I am surprised (and relieved) not to find a single diamond
09/20/2011 - 15:24
Given his love for diamonds, I would have expected a diamond-studded piece. The transparent enameling adds a nice touch I think. Thanks for sharing. Kazumidevil
Re: an extremely creative and unusual watch: The Diamond Jim Brady
09/20/2011 - 15:45
It actually looks a little less red in person, but maybe that was the lighting.  When I first looked at it, I thought it was solid enamel with crazing (cracking).  it was only after I read the description that  I realized the enamel was applied over a guilloche surface.  Very beautiful.
Mike did you take photos of the watches on exhibition?
09/20/2011 - 16:05
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I'm going down to NY tomorrow and will take photos
09/20/2011 - 18:25
of course I will post them first on that other forum. ;-) Bill
why am I not surprised? :-) Oh well I'll settle for
09/20/2011 - 19:09
second surprise
Re: Mike did you take photos of the watches on exhibition?
09/20/2011 - 23:12
Unfortunately I was on my way into the office so I did not have my camera. If Bill misses anything I can take some additional pics when I get back from Chicago on Thursday.
Actuallu read several times about "Diamond" Jim Brady
09/20/2011 - 23:01
one thing for sure he had a lot of money, doanted much to charity, but he had no taste. The movement is beautiful but there it stopscool Started at the botom and got rich on the Wall Street and died long before 1929. Anyway interesting, where do you find everything Alex? Cheers Doc
Look dear aficionados at wolves teeth,
09/21/2011 - 16:59
have seldom seen them more beautiful! As always, thanks 'little brother' Alex Doc
The transparent enamel on the guilloche is amazing!!!
09/23/2011 - 03:13
Not sure about the color - as Gary said blue would have looked nicer... but it gets 11/10 for originality, I actually quite like this piece. Thanks Alex... Cheers,  Francois
Wow that is quite some watch.
09/28/2011 - 18:52
The enamel is impressive. Thanks for sharing Alex. - SJX