Vacheron & Constantin Cal.1072/1 Automatic 18ct, Solid Gold Dial, 1981
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example
Rare, Heavy Tonneau Case in 18ct Gold with Guilloche Dial
Very High-Grade Calibre 1072 18ct Gold Rotor Automatic Movement
Exquisitely Restored Guilloche Effect Solid Gold Dial, ‘Index’ Hands & Batons
Large Size 35mm 18ct Yellow Gold Case, Excluding the Correct Vacheron Crown
High Quality Soft Leather Strap with Gold Plated Vacheron & Constantin Buckle
All Presented In Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
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Free UK Special Delivery
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One of the widely recognised ‘Holy Trinity’ of Swiss watchmaking, along with Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin is the world’s oldest ‘Watch Manufacturer’ and as such, has remained in continuous operation since 1755. More than this, Vacheron & Constantin is the founding father of a spirit of technical excellence which it has made an art form. This is known as ‘Haute Horlogerie’ where Vacheron & Constantin has been in the vanguard for over 260 years. This tradition defines the ‘Manufacture’, evident in the finest quality execution, reflected in a finish which goes far beyond the demands of the ‘Poinçon de Genève’.
Created in 1886, the ‘Seal of the State of Geneva’ is the highest accolade and one which is reserved for only the very finest quality watchmaking. Vacheron & Constantin was the first watchmaker to be allowed to use this hallmark of excellence on its movements.
Vacheron & Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts, beginning in 1839. The manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l’Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015. All of this, along with its extraordinarily high standards of quality and manufacture, lead many watchmakers, horologists and watch industry experts to believe Vacheron & Constantin reigns supreme among the finest quality watch manufacturers of the world.
For the well-heeled and the collector, vintage Vacheron & Constantin offers a degree of exclusivity which even Patek Philippe can not. During the 1940s and through the 1960s, Vacheron & Constantin only ever produced a maximum of 24 examples of each reference in any one configuration. This means that while it produced a variety of dial and case combinations and colours and designs, each one was strictly limited in number. For the collector, the fact that these watches exist and are seriously undervalued doesn’t go unnoticed.
Here we have a fine example of a classic 1980s Vacheron & Constantin automatic in the sturdy tonneau-shaped case which is so redolent of the period. This watch also has a stunning guilloche effect solid gold dial and one of the finest automatic movements of the period. This hugely impressive watch is perfectly suited for evening wear, special occasions or everyday use, should you so wish. This watch has been beautifully restored and is as fine an example as you are likely to see.
In addition to its very fine movements, Vacheron & Constantin is widely renowned for its guilloche dials. These add depth, decoration and interest to a dial in the form of a repetitive relief. This is a highly involved technical process, achieved through a repetitive pattern in which the design is created using special machinery and geometric lathes. The subtle decoration on this dial takes the form of a lightly applied horizontal and vertical pattern. On close examination, as we have tried to show in the photographs, this is quite subtle, but highly attractive against the solid gold background of the dial. The dial catches the light beautifully and looks much better face to face on the wrist, rather than in the photographs.
In every other way, the overall dial design here is typical of the late 1970s and early ’80s. Simple, understated and executed to perfection with applied ‘baton’ hour indices inlaid with onyx. The solid gold dial perfectly complements the 18ct tonneau case, original solid gold ‘Index’ hands, and dial furnishings.
The dial is simply signed ‘Vacheron & Constantin’ and ‘Geneve’ with ‘Automatic’ below and ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers, considered to be the best in the UK. The lens is new, having been replaced with an original new replacement, as part of the restoration.
The ultra-high-quality Vacheron & Constantin Calibre 1072/1, 29 jewel automatic chronometer rated movement is utterly beautiful. Put very simply… it is a work of art. Stamped with the ‘Geneve Seal’ with Fausses Côtes, Geneva Wave embellishment, a lever escapement, Gyromax balance, free-sprung Breguet balance spring and an 18ct solid gold rotor with 4 Ruby roller bearings. This is undoubtedly one for the finest automatic movements of its era.
The movement is in superb condition having just completed a full overhaul and service by our vintage Vacheron & Constantin specialist watchmaker. It is running perfectly and has been calibrated in 5 positions to run within +8 seconds per day! This is truly outstanding for any mechanical watch and is no exaggeration – we have checked and confirmed the test results on our electronic watch timegrapher. This movement also has an excellent power reserve of 46 hours when fully wound.
The movement is signed ‘Vacheron & Constantin’, ‘Geneve Swiss’ and ’29 Jewels’ with the Calibre number 1072/1, the movement serial number 644151 and Swiss Geneva hallmarks. The movement serial number dates this watch to 1981.
With care and regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to continue to run very happily for another 50+ years! We are therefore totally confident in offering this watch with our 12 months’ written warranty*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The heavy, large-sized, very high-quality tonneau 18ct gold watch case measures 35mm in diameter, excluding the Vacheron & Constantin signed crown. Tonneau cases are very sturdy and robust and were exceedingly popular during the 1970s and ’80s. This watch is therefore highly suited to everyday use as well as evening wear.
From its very early beginnings, Vacheron & Constantin has been the torchbearer of Haute Horlogerie. This is reflected, not only in the quality of its movements but also in its watch cases. Here, the case is of an attractive three-piece design with elegant sweeping lugs and a screw-down case-back for improved dust and moisture protection.
The case, the case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with few marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. The watch has been beautifully well cared for so after a close inspection, has simply required a careful clean and a gentle polish to bring it back to its current, almost as new condition. Note, the only mark of note is a small nick on the rear edge of the case. In reality, this is much smaller than it appears in the images and cannot be seen at all while wearing the watch.
The case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed. Inside the case-back all is correct and as expected, signed ‘Vacheron & Constantin’, ‘Swiss’ with Geneva Swiss 18ct gold hallmarks and the Vacheron & Constantin model number 7942.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A high-quality soft leather strap has been fitted, along with a matching Vacheron & Constantin gold plated buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock, in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, but can also obtain most types and colours of strap from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 19mm straps if you wish, here.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to 1981. A detailed particulars document will be included with this watch, along with our fully detailed purchase receipt and 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
The watch comes complete with a high-quality hardwood presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
An impressive gentleman’s dress watch from one of horology’s holy trinity of revered names. This will not only make an excellent dress watch but also a practical, accurate and reliable timepiece to use on a daily basis should you so wish. This watch will also provide an excellent investment as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
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Please note, we welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
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