I was in Paris last December and with the help of my good friend Liger, I picked up two beautiful vintage Vacherons.
I am presenting the first of these now.
It is a lovely rectangular watch in yellow gold with an interesting beveled case.
The serial numbers indicated manufacture around 1937. This estimate was confirmed by Alex and the Heritage Department.
No models were given in those days but there are two watches shown in the back of "The World of Vacheron Constantin" that look quite close to it.
However one of the photos of a watch from the "Art of Vacheron Constantin" (page 177) shows a watch from 1935 with the identical case, hands and crown, albeit in stainless steel. The dial is a little different but similar. The font of the numerals is the same although mine is in boldface. It also has a sub-second hand at 6 o’clock.
There is no specific movement number but it is 9”’ rhodiumed 15 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted to temperature and 3 positions, flat balance spring. 22x40mm.
The buckle is quite interesting too. I was told it was original to the watch. There is no Maltese cross but it is hallmarked and even serial numbered. I have not seen another one like it.
The dial and hands have not been redone and I have taken the liberty of touching up the dial in the close-up photos because it is quite distracting. They are not in fact readily visible on the wrist, but they can be seen.