Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

92 Vacheron Constantin Fine and Attractive Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 4072, With Silver Telemetric and Tachymetric Scales Dial

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 4072
Year: 1950s
Case N°: 344565
Caliber: V492
Movement type: Manual
Movement N°: 466807
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Vacheron Constantin’s chronographs from the first half of the past century can be considered among the most attractive and well-constructed chronographs of the time. Among the greatest successes of the Swiss brand, the reference 4072 is one of the most iconic and sought after vintage models. Absolute gem of horological design, it was in production from 1938 until the late 1960s and was offered with various types of dial while is considered that only 214 yellow gold timepieces were made with caliber V492 such as the present lot. The pushers were of two different types: ovale shape and, such this example, square. The wristwatch is excellent for conditions and beauty: the three-body case, inclined bezel and concave lugs have a beautiful homogeneous oxidation with copper color and deep hallmarks. The satiné silver dial is perfectly executed with the black painting of the outer tachimeter scale and seconds track still vivid and untouched, the two subsidiary dials for the seconds and 30-minute register have the always fascinating concentric engine-turned decoration while the applied baton and arabic numerals reflects the same age and oxidation of the case. At 12 o’clock, the Vacheron logo, the iconic Maltese Cross, which first appeared in 1880, the choice of which derives from the shape of a component of the movement fixed to the barrel and designed to keep the number of wheels low. Understated an minimalist, this chronograph 4072 has a highly contemporary elegance which make it a very enchanting wristwatch.