Wondering about my beautiful watch...


I'm just coming to this forum for the first time.  I'm not a dealer or collector, but I have been given a pocketwatch that had belonged to my grandfather. I would like to learn more about it.  I have yet to find anything similar to it online and was wondering if you might have some thoughts about it or find it interesting.  The photo below doesn't really do the watch justice -- it's not as orange as it appears here. It's quite beautiful, and it appears to be made completely of gold, including the dial and the hands. There's a tiny mark next to the stem and a mark inside the square bow at the top, either saying 90 or 06. I'd be grateful for any thoughts. Thank you!

Wondering about my beautiful watch...

Re: Wondering about my beautiful watch...
05/27/2008 - 07:20

Hi and welcome,

During the late 1930's and 1940's many companies produced pocket watches with similar appearance.

Vacheron had several designs as well, some 2 toned, some arabic numerals and some with Roman numerals..

They are all quite lovely, not really large (less than 48mm) and generally thin. I believe the reference number is 4060.

They are all lovely watches and real treasures. Sometimes the only difference was the shape of the bow.

Congratulations on yours...

Here's a photo of mine:

I have another which is just being cleaned and serviced, very similar but the case is a little different. The interesting thing is the numbers of the movements: 439769 and 439753.

yes the two tone dial is very 40s. The stamps on the case and bow are
05/27/2008 - 16:41

probably the case maker's stamp and gold hallmarks.

Art Deco,
05/27/2008 - 22:28

could be late 30's or 40's

It's a beautiful piece

BTW Bill has a look a like,

I lend this from you Bill

look at the hinge, square, which is typical for art deco in the 30's.

like this from 1931.



Re: Art Deco,
05/28/2008 - 03:11

Hi Doc,

You are right about the time frame.

Ultimately Pamari will have to get the case back opened to check the numbers.

Movements beginning in 44... and 45... were mid 1940's; 41... late 1930's-early 40's

My two are somewhere in between.

But the interesting thing is the case numbers; since some designed and manufactured during the 1930's didn't get movements put in them until the late 1930's and well into the 1940's.

But a very nice treasure, nevertheless!



Re: Wondering about my beautiful watch...
05/28/2008 - 05:34

Thank you so much for the kind replies. The timing makes sense. I was glad to see a similar model posted!  It's so interesting to me to find this group. Your collective knowledge is a special thing. Thanks again.

05/28/2008 - 13:12

Bill kindly sent a pic of his movement, but he hadn't the number of it.

Anyhow it's a beauty



nice! I would love to see a similar "look" in VC's future large sized
05/28/2008 - 14:21

manual wind movement.