Update to Coin Watch History

In addition to the great information provided by Alex click here to see the post, I'd like to share some fascinating details on the earliest Vacheron version of the famous coin watch.  

The non-wristwatch models were dubbed purse watches by Antiquorum and I generally believed they first appeared during the 1940's.  However, a chance discovery while reviewing the factory photo archives in the book The World of Vacheron Constantin revealed this record:

Update to Coin Watch History

As far as I have been able to find, this 1929 model marks the earliest V&C version of the coin watch.  I would like to hear from anyone with more information as to when the first coin watch from any manufacture appeared.

An explanation regarding the archive numbering system might also prove helpful to VC history buffs.  The original reference number system was a "reference" to the archive photograph and not a model designation.  There are several early examples of two or more photos of the same watch, each with a seperate reference number.  Pieces were referred to by their case and movement number but it soon became convenient to use the photo reference when discussing a particular model, especially when production of a design was more than a few examples.  When Vacheron began to assign model reference numbers to timepieces, they superceded the earlier photo reference numbers.  For example, the 1946 World Time pocket watch reference 4414 was actually the continuation of two earlier pieces made in 1936 under reference photos 3638 and 3650, as their case numbers are sequential.  Now they are collectively listed as Ref. 4414 models.
 
Isn't this great stuff?  Update to Coin Watch History
thanks Dean, I have been working on a history of these coin watches
10/12/2009 - 13:24
I'll post this week.
Alex, please...
10/12/2009 - 20:21
can you find what movement was used in the 1929 piece?
looking forward to it... (nt)
10/16/2009 - 00:26
u are indeed an angel for V&C fans,,,,
10/12/2009 - 15:23
thanks for the effort!
Right back at you, Aaron!
10/12/2009 - 20:23

I'm looking forward to your BIG announcement

Re: Update to Coin Watch History
10/12/2009 - 16:56
Thanks, Dean The comments about the numbering system was very helpful. I wondered about that myself seeing several identical watches in that book with different "reference numbers" The coin watches are fascinating and were very popular. I believe several manufacturers jumped on that bandwagon at thime and produced similar pieces, just like the "bras en l'air" which is another very interestin design concept with many unique variations. Regards, Joseph
Maybe V&C was the first coin watch??
10/12/2009 - 20:26
I have not come across an earlier version than V&C's 1929 coin purse watch.  I hope Alex's article clears up this question!
Maybe V&C was the first coin watch??
10/13/2009 - 01:20
You are likely correct Dean. Of my references for GP, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lange and A-P, only Audemars showed amy coin watches (montre numismatique or montre monnaie). But these were from the late 1940's. I don't know about Patek though. I think I recall seeing a coin watch made by them but I'm not certain. Joseph
here's a Patek coin watch from
10/15/2009 - 12:18
the 70s in a $20 coin
Re: Update to Coin Watch History
10/12/2009 - 23:06
Most interesting.......Eagerly awaiting Alex's contribution.