A favorite tonneau with question

Here is one of my favorite tonneau watches. It evokes a Japanese design sensibility.

VC tonneau angled view 

Would you help me to identify the reference number and date of manufacture? The movement is no. 436558, the case is no. 322115. 

I would estimate late 1930s to mid 1940s, but VC should be able to get you the exact year.
05/03/2015 - 02:24

Welcome to THL!

Re: A favorite tonneau with question
05/03/2015 - 05:50

Hi and welcome!

TThe Art of Vacheron Constantin has a similar-looking watch (Page241, # 235, top right in photo)

The case, crown and lugs are the same with S/N 328663. But the dial is not guillochéed and the indices are different.

However the movement S/N is 436617, and it is a ref 457.

The watch in the photo is ref.4238 completed 1952 and sold in 1957.

So I expect yours has a similar Ref number 423? and was probably completed about 1950-51.

However, I think the movement was from the mid 1940's (44-45).

Alex and the Heritage Dept. can tell you more accurately.

JB

I can only add my hearty welcome
05/03/2015 - 19:52

i don't have any more information. Welcome and enjoy your visits. That is a beautiful watch. 

That watch is really just stunning
05/04/2015 - 14:36

Wonderful!  Would you please post some additional photos when yuo have a chance? 

 

Best,

Robert

Re: That watch is really just stunning
05/06/2015 - 03:09

Hi Robert,

You seem to appeciate this watch as much as I do!  I especially love the way the cross bars wrap around the vertical sides, appearing to pull them together. I am delighted to provide more photos, although I find it difficult to get shots that really do the watch justice. Here are a few I think are okay. Hope you enjoy them!

Best regards,

Paul

 That watch is really just stunning

 That watch is really just stunning

 That watch is really just stunning

 That watch is really just stunning

Thank you for the additional photos
05/06/2015 - 04:10

Gosh, the case is as lovely as the dial.  Great photos you have taken, as well.

 

All the best,

 

Robert

Its a fabulous looking case
05/06/2015 - 05:31

The additional pictures really show what you described about the crossbars.

Now, being needy and greedy...we need a wristshot! smiley

Certainly! Here's a go at a wristshot
05/08/2015 - 01:39

Still getting the hang of my iPhone. Looks like it focused on the shirt, bit it's the best of my attempts.

Certainly! Here's a go at a wristshot

Thanks, it looks great... and matches your shirt as well! :-). (nt)
05/08/2015 - 01:49
Re: Thanks, it looks great... and matches your shirt as well! :-). (nt)
05/08/2015 - 22:26

Thank you!! Doesn't everyone choose their shirt for that reason? (nt)

what a beautiful watch and great shot!! The numbers match a piece from 1951
05/04/2015 - 17:47

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Alex, did they ID the reference number?
05/04/2015 - 18:15

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I'll have to ask
05/05/2015 - 15:33

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Re: what a beautiful watch and great shot!! The numbers match a piece from 1951
05/06/2015 - 14:34

The pattern on the dial is interestingly intricate.

Very nice watch!

Dave

Thank you so much for your warmth and hospitality -- and information!
05/05/2015 - 01:40

I really appreciate your kind words, and most helpful information about the watch. I will provide more photos at respo's request as soon as I get a chance.