Pocket Watch - Diamond & Platinum

The following Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch is featured in an late November, local auction and I'm curious if anyone knows anything about it.

The circurlar case has arabic numerals with rose cut diamonds (numerals on the case, not the dial) and features diamond-set hands.  Early 20th century, 44mm diameter. The case back is signed V & C (but not displayed in photos) and the movement is signed Vacheron & Constantin with 18 jewels (again not identified in photos).  The auction listing does provide the serial number.

I can't find any references to BRÜDER KLEIN BRÜN that features on the dial (here or in Secrets of Vacheron Constantin).


Pocket Watch - Diamond & Platinum
I can get things started
11/01/2011 - 19:12
The dial moniker translates as Klein Brothers of Brünn, Czech Republic.  Cannot make further comments until case markings and movement are revealed enlightened
Asked the auction house for details…
11/01/2011 - 19:54
…I'll post back after they respond and I might go down to the preview to see the watch in person in which case, I'll post any more details that I find.
In the style of...
11/01/2011 - 22:31
If you can't verify the movement and case numbers, I'd suggest you walk away unless you can afford to lose the asking price.  It is somewhat in the style of Verger Freres pieces of the late 20s and 30s but a bit OTT to sing as a genuine example should.  OTOH, if it was a special order for the named retailer, anything goes surprise.  If it is indeed Verger, VC archives can only confirm delivery of the movement to the Paris workshops.  A look at the hallmarks would be required to complete the story.
New pics (movement and case back)
11/06/2011 - 04:23
The auction house has provided me the following additional pics. I'd appreciate any further comments anyone might have.  The movement number is 355096, 18 jewels… Thanks!
made in 1936, a similar piece from 1932 is in the World of VC book
11/07/2011 - 15:11


Ref. photo 3343
11/08/2011 - 03:44
That book provides a great resource Alex; thanks for locating the 1932 reference photo 3343 that appears identical to ken-yyz's photos.  The book's example (I'm assuming its the first made) is signed on the dial for the retailer Oesterreicher of Vienna, Austria. I see that there were even earlier examples of pavè decorated hands and numerals - a wild one is shown in reference photo 3110 from 1929.  Those were very creative times at V&C!
Very interesting…
11/08/2011 - 04:35
Thanks for the pics and the research!   I'll go and see the watch in person this week and see what the action is like when the auction takes place.  I'd love to pick up a piece of V&C history but won't be too asstertive about the pursuit.
keep us posted Ken
11/08/2011 - 10:28