Vacheron & Constantin Geneve Cal.P454/5B 18ct Pink Gold 1949

£5,600

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example

Large Size 34mm Diameter 18ct Pink Gold Case, Excluding the Correct Crown

Very High Grade Cal.P454/5B Hand-Wound Movement in Sparkling Condition

Beautifully Restored Ivory Cream Dial, Solid Gold ‘Index’ Hands & ‘Baton’ Hour Indices

All In Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

High Quality Lizard Strap with Pink Gold-Plated Buckle

Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

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Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: VC936
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Vacheron & Constantin

One of the recognised ‘Holy Trinity’ of Swiss watchmaking along with Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin is also the world’s oldest ‘Watch Manufacture’, and as such, it has remained in continuous operation since 1755. More than this, Vacheron & Constantin is the founding father of a spirit of technical excellence taken so far, it is considered an art. This is known as ‘Haute Horlogerie’ in which Vacheron & Constantin has been the leader 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, 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. 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.

To the collector, Vacheron & Constantin offers a level of exclusivity which even the more famous Patek Philippe can not. During the 1940s and through to 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, colours and designs, each one was strictly limited in number. For the collector, the fact that these watches are seriously undervalued doesn’t go unnoticed either.

Description

Classic time only hand-wound watches have a purity and charm all of their own and there has been a resurgence of interest in these of late, particularly in the higher end, with watches containing the finest movements.

Here we have a simply beautiful example. In fact, the simplicity of the dial and gold furnishings and hands, along with the pink gold case, make this a particularly stylish vintage dress watch.

Pink gold Vacheron & Constantin are much rarer than yellow gold and at 34mm, excluding the signed crown, this is a large watch for the period.

In addition, this watch contains one of the very highest quality hand-wound movements ever produced.

This is a perfect vintage dress watch for evening wear, or with some care, everyday use as you so wish.

The Dial

The simplicity of the dial design here is totally ageless, totally understated, and executed to perfection with applied single solid pink gold ‘baton’ hour indices and dot minutes, redolent of the late 1940s and early ’50s, and remaining totally contemporary today. The ivory cream dial provides the perfect contrast between the case, original solid gold ‘index’ hands, and dial furnishings.

The symmetry and balance are pure class and for someone with an eye for minimalist design, totally irresistible. The dial is simply signed ‘Vacheron Constantin’ and ‘Geneve’.

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 Movement

The hand-wound Calibre P454/5B, 17 jewel movement is utterly beautiful. Put very simply – it is a work of art, with Fausses Côtes, Geneva Wave embellishment, a lever escapement, monometallic balance with screws adjusted to temperature, self-compensating Breguet hairspring, Superchoc shock-absorber and a swan-neck micrometer regulator, enabling much finer calibration.

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 +2 seconds per day! This is truly outstanding for any mechanical watch and has been checked and confirmed on our electronic watch timegrapher. This movement also has an excellent power reserve of 44 hours when fully wound.

The movement is signed ‘Vacheron Constantin’, ‘Geneve Swiss’ and ‘17 Jewels’ with the Calibre number P454/5B, the movement serial number 491,518 and Swiss Geneva Seal hallmarks. The movement serial number dates this watch to 1949.

With care and regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to continue to run very happily for many more decades to come. 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 Watch Case

The large sized, very high quality and heavy 18ct pink gold watch case measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the correct Vacheron & Constantin unsigned crown.

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 a substantial but attractive three-piece design, with elegant sweeping lugs.

The case, case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. The watch has been beautifully well cared for and 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.

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 case serial number 325387.

As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap & Buckle

A high-quality brown lizard strap has been fitted, along with a matching  pink 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 20mm 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 1949. 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.

In Conclusion

A simply beautiful gentleman’s dress watch from one of horology’s most 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. It will 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.

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

If you have any questions, please call 020 7727 7095 or +44 207 727 7095.

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.

Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.