first post - help with my ref. 4737

I was fortunate to have been given, several years before his death, from my dad a rose gold, self winding Vacheron Constantin which I believe is ref. 4737 which he purchased from an authorized dealer in Switzerland in the mid 1960s as new old stock.  It has a matching rose gold Vacheron bracelet.  The watch is similar in looks to the Toledo which was recently reissued by VC, and caused me to think about dad's watch which had been kept safely put away for over ten years.  Is there any source where I can find out more about the watch?  I would like to begin wearing it?  Should I keep it on the bracelet or wear it with a strap? If on a strap what would be the proper buckle and where might I purchase one?  The bracelet appears to be too short for me, is there a way that I can have it extended/lengthened? 

Is there any source where I can find out the details relating to the watch and of his original purchase?  When my dad purchased the watch I recall seeing the original invoice from the dealer but unfortunately have not found it in his personal belongings.

that's an amazing rare heirloom!! The Cioccolatone as it was
01/11/2008 - 11:27

called by the Italian collectors (due to it's ressemblance to a piece of chocolate) is one of the iconic models from the 50s and very much in line with VC's audacious designs of the time. Just think how huge and off beat the watch was ffor its time when small extra flat men's watches were de rigueur.

This model was made from the mid 50s to the very early 60s, mostly in yellow gold, rose gold is quite rare and only 2 models were made in white gold. A triple calendar with moonphase was also launched at the same time which inspired the current Toledo 1952.

What kind of information are you looking for? To obtain the exact date of production, place of purchase and other details VC issues a Certificate of Authenticity which in my opinion would be good to have for such an incredible watch. Check VC's web site for further info on how yto obtain one.

Its a great watch and in my opinion it would be a shame not to wear it, however since it has a snap on back I would suggest not wearing it in extreme humid weather conditions as to avoid humidity damaging the movement. As to wear it with bracelet or strap its more a personnal choice, you can order a buckle directly from a VC retailer.

As to lengthening the bracelet it depends if it is mesh or has links. A mesh bracelet to the best of my knowledge cannot be extended, if it is a link bracelet the problem would be finding the correct links almost 50 years later!

It would be great if you could post some scans.

Here's its YG sibling

Thank you for your insight
01/11/2008 - 16:53

I appreciate the background and will follow up with VC regarding the Certificate.  I plan on checking with a local manufacturing jeweler to see if anything can be done with the bracelet.  It is very special but I wouldn't want to do anything with it that would spoil its originality.  In any event I plan on getting the VC buckle.  I just found looking through my bookcase a hard cover Antiquorum book of an auction on November 13, 1994 in Geneva which has pictures of two YG ref. 4737 watches with straps and identical buckles, rather simple, and which appear to be the same as others of the period, so it may not be too difficult to find. 

Thanks again, I intend to take some pictures to post in the future but will have to get my son-in-law to do it since I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet.  Something I have committed to learn this year.

You may want to have a look at the Antiquorum VC Quarter Millennium
01/11/2008 - 19:17

auction catalogue of April 2005 which can give you some info as well.

Re unploading a picture its very easy all you need to do is click on the "+" icon and follow instructions.

Looking forward to the scans and welcome to The Lounge  

i may have had the wrong reference
01/12/2008 - 09:12

At your suggestion I looked at the Antiquorum auction on April 3, 2005 which appears to have had in Lot 154 a rose gold version, self winding, of the watch and refers to it as ref. 6440.  Do you think that might be the right number for the self winding, rose gold version of the watch rather than the ref. 4737?   Thank you so much for your kind remarks regarding the watch.

I read your original post too fast and did not realize that its an
01/12/2008 - 14:47

automatic, which in this case makes yor watch a ref 6440. Which is still an amazing watch

fantastic watch! you should wear it nothing to worry about :-) NT
01/11/2008 - 15:37


Re: first post - help with my ref. 4737
01/11/2008 - 23:45

Please post some pictures of the marvel !

good night !