Two new vintage pieces...

...acquired at Antiquorum and Christies in December.
The first (from Christies):
VACHERON CONSTANTIN. AN 18K GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH UNUSUAL LUGS
SIGNED VACHERON CONTANSTIN, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 460345, CASE NO. 291892, CIRCA 1950
Cal. V453 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied Arabic and dagger numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, fancy scroll lugs, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed 35mm diameter
Unfortunately the model number was not listed. Asimilar one was sold at Antiquorum last March from 1953. It too didn't list the model number.
However, with a little research I discovered that the model was first produced in 1944. It is Reference 4322. The lug design was called "shell-shaped". 17 jewels, Movoment 453 with a self-compensating Breguet balance spring and micrometer regulator.
and it does say "Vacheron & Constantin Two new vintage pieces...


.Two new vintage pieces...

Two new vintage pieces...

Two new vintage pieces...


The second watch is from Antiquorum (NYC):
Yellow Gold Ref. 6394 Two-Tone Dial Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Automatic, No. 545102, case No. 370192, Ref. 6394. Made in the 1960s. Fine and rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch. Accompanied by a fitted box and certificate.
C. Two-body, solid, polished, stepped bezel, fluted lugs, screwed-down case back. D. Two-tone silver with applied yellow gold bâton indexes, concentric minute/seconds track on a plain reserve. Yellow gold baton hands. M. Cal.K1071, stamped with the Seal of Geneva Quality Mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 29 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, swan-neck micrometer regulator, 18K gold rotor segment with ruby roller bearings. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 36 mm. Thickness: 11 mm.

Two new vintage pieces...

Two new vintage pieces...
This photo highlights the case and lug design as well as the markers at 12 and 6 o'clock.

Two new vintage pieces...

Regards,
Joseph


both of them are fantastic, love the shell lugs and the 2nd model is
03/02/2009 - 11:28
so modern. Do you have more scans?
Joseph, you are on an unbelievable tear!
03/02/2009 - 12:15
You have obviously decided to stuff your mattress with watches instead of cash during these tough economic times!  Luckily you're a doctor and know how to treat a stiff/bad back or neck from sleeping on top of these beauties!  Your taste, as always, is impeccable.  Congratulations on these finds and acquisitions.  As always, any additional scans of these 2, or others in your collection, are highly welcomed and enjoyed! BR, Dan
Congrats for those 2 new beauties Joseph
03/02/2009 - 14:41
Are you in a way to collect 3 hands watches with different kinds of cases and dials? Quite challenging, I think! Best, Patrice
Amazing dial on ref 6394
03/02/2009 - 17:17
And certainly not typical for that reference.  What a concept with the minute track moved inward and two-tone finish.  Then those beefy indexes...WOW! I had a 6394 for a brief period, but not nearly as nice .  In this case, the collector's addage "if it's wrong, move it on" applied .
Gorgeous Joseph...
03/02/2009 - 17:37

and those shell lugs are something else!  Congratulations!  Anytime I see watches like that I always wonder the history...who...when....why etc.  Be nice if they could talk!

Best of Luck ,

Tom

Two cool pieces
03/02/2009 - 20:56
Hi JB, Another two nice time only pieces to add to your impressive collection.  They both have desirable calibers. KCC
Not surprising to see your bespoke watch!
03/02/2009 - 20:58
It has genes from the first and some other you have before  Ref 4322 ,have I been buying several tmes, just, next time I will, because on my tiny wrist it looks perfect. 35 mm was quite big than, and the design with clear and clean dial, just lift that even more. The other watch makes not my heart beat so much,  as it has before today! It came 10 cm of heavy wet snow, it were tons I moved Congrats again, I'll think I'll open every week with a post, like this in the future: Congrats Joseph to a marvellous watch :-)  (nt) LOL Doc
Wow...love that ref 6394!!!
03/02/2009 - 23:29
The dial on that is simply stunning!  I've never seen that dial but its definitely a new favorite!  Enjoy it in good health. Best regards, Dino
Congrats for those nice 2 vintage...
03/03/2009 - 12:32
...watches. Amitiés, Bernard
Many thanks...
03/04/2009 - 13:56
...for all the kind words, everyone. I'm really delighted mwith both. The shell lugs are quite dramatic and I've my eye on that design for a few years, passing up a couple of opportunities over the past few years. The lure was too strong this time. It did need an overhaul though but is now working fine. The 6394 had a few pleasant surprises. The Antiquorum photo did not show the watch that well. (it does have the original wooden painted box and old-style certificate). But a closer look when I received the watch shows a really beautiful dial and case. The 2 stepped bezel is more subtle than most and quite graceful. The 2-toned dial is almost art-deco and those "beefy" markers really stand out. Bent regards to all, Joseph