V&C and the Great Depression, Part III


Vacheron & Constantin 1936 Extra-Thin Pocket Watch

 

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Case: No. 261876. Three-piece, plain polished, 18kt yellow gold, diameter 41mm, height 6.5mm.

Note the finely inscribed service mark, dated 1947! Maker's mark Key No.5 is Genevor SA of Meyrin.
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Dial: Silver galvanized, vertically brushed, decorated en réserve with lettering, outer minute track and subsidiary seconds track hollowed and filled in black. Eleven applied gold upright Arabic numerals, guilloché sunk subsidiary seconds dial, gold bâton hands.

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For a description of this distinctive dial treatment, consult page 319 of Cologni’s Secrets of Vacheron Constantin.
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Movement: No. 411169. R.A. 16’’’ 162, rhodium-plated, decorated with perlage and adoucissage, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with eight adjustments, flat balance spring, index regulator.

 

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An interesting juxtaposition: Extra-Thin pocket watch of 1936 meets Extra-Large wrist watch of 1950.

 

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References:
Antiquorum
Vacheron Constantin
Secrets of Vacheron Constantin by Franco Cologni
WatchTime Vacheron Constantin Special Edition, October 2009
Beautiful watch, I believe Joseph had posted a similar
01/07/2010 - 10:52
one some time ago! The extra large model is superb!
Thanks for the reminder about Joseph
01/07/2010 - 17:43
I found JB's post and here is his beauty from the 40s.  Say Joseph, can you share a movement pic? I also located the numerical sibling for my piece on a retailer's website!  The movement is sequential but look how different the case design is...another example of the near-custom approach of V&C production during those times. The maker's mark is Key No.23, which is the very familiar Eggly & Cie who also made the XXL wrist watch case pictured in this story
Hi All,
01/09/2010 - 21:01
Here are a few picks. It took a while to find them. Joseph
Re: Hi All,
01/11/2010 - 18:13
Beautiful pieces Joseph.  Although not marked, that seems to be a caliber 439 movement (LOL, the serial number is also 439xxx). The dials are fascinating...they look double-sunk which is unusual for V&C.
Thanks Dean
01/12/2010 - 06:02
I believe both have the same movement, but it was easier getting the back off one than the other. That's why only one movment photo. The simplicity and elegance of the movement is very appealing. Regards, Joseph
2 beautiful watches but the case and dial of the wrist watch are
01/07/2010 - 18:16
drop dead gorgeous
Sigh...
01/07/2010 - 20:40
I should have known better than to include the Ref. 4536 in this photo essay .  Its hard to discuss the virtues of your sister when she's standing beside Marilyn Munroe! The contrast between these two watches seperated by 14 years is interesting. One's novelty was being as slim, elegant & austere as possible while the other made a virtue of being exactly the opposite. Nevertheless, similarities exist such as the Arabic numerals, baton hands and dial craftsmanship. While far more subtle than the guilloché work, I'm very impressed with the decoration of the pocket watch dial...cutting out the fonts and tracks must have been very difficult. Does anyone know more about the en réserve process than what is printed in Cologni's book "...hollowed out and filled with black paste" ?  Sounds like the opposite of champlevé!
in fact Chanmplevé consists of hollowing out part of the dial and
01/08/2010 - 17:12
filling it with enamel
Re: in fact Chanmplevé consists of hollowing out part of the dial and
01/08/2010 - 17:40

I'm aware the technique of champlevé removes the base material surrounding the lettering and other dial markings, leaving them higher than the ground.  The lower level is then filled with a contrasting enamel. As I understand en réserve, the base is left intact and the markings are incised or hollowed out.  The hollows are then filled with a wax or paste material to given them color.

I really appreciate your writing these three parts...
01/08/2010 - 04:58
on VC in the 30's which is where my knowledge of the brand is weakest (probably due to the paucity of pieces produced). Great photos, too. Bill
Maybe a single post?
01/08/2010 - 17:25
Thanks Bill .  I wonder if it would have been better as a single post?  Its hard to tell if the lack of discussion was due to the subject, its presentation, or just low traffic on the site.
Nice articles about VC, thanks...
01/11/2010 - 01:21
I also described history of Vacheron Constantin but in Polish language. http://chronos24.pl/producenci/vacheron-constantin/dzieje-vacheron-constantin-1755-1938/
enjoyed yr 3 episodes very much. all things VC enthrall me :).........
01/11/2010 - 10:41
so no worries on the poor traffic, u have an audience.  the enamel etching makes the Vacheron stands out without further elaboration, and a lost art now thanks for the hard work.
Re: enjoyed yr 3 episodes very much. all things VC enthrall me :).........
01/11/2010 - 18:20
Thanks Aaron .  Without hit counters on the posts, its hard to tell if anyone is out there other than our regular friends. I must offer a correction to the story...I just heard back from the Heritage Dept that the watch was manufactured in 1937, a year later than my own guess.
as of today you got exactly 401 hits on this post :-) nt
01/11/2010 - 18:48
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Gorgeous watches and a great report...
01/12/2010 - 17:53
Thank you for sharing and enjoy your VC's in the best of health! Cheers, Mike
Amazing series of articles Dean, thank you!
01/15/2010 - 03:39
I've been away for 3-4 weeks and am trying to catch up with the info you've put together. Congratulations on your second V&C pocket watch! BR, Dan