The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin
LOT 198
“Black Mystery” Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, No. 481605, case No. 313995, Ref. 3681. Made and sold in 1949. Fine and rare 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with unusual hour and minute indication and a yellow gold Vacheron Constantin buckle. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
C. Three-body, solid, polished, gadrooned bezel. D. Black with applied gold round indexes, at the center, a flutedrevolving gold plate bearing the triangular yellow gold hands. M. Cal. 9''' 458, rhodium plated, ”fausses côtes”decoration, 17 jewels, lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, adjusted to temperatures, self-compensatingBreguet balance spring, micrometer regulator.Dial, case, and movement signed.Diam. 30 mm. Thickness: 8 mm.
Estimate: 14,000 CHF - 18,000 CHF
Estimate: 9,000 EUR - 12,000 EUR
Estimate: 12,000 USD - 15,000 USD
Grading system

C 3 D 3 - 01 M 3* AAA
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Chapter: 13 - Watches with Yellow Gold Cases
This is one of the most surprising designs produced by Vacheron Constantin. Called the “Mystery”, it was inspired by the design of lot 38, in which circles are omnipresent, with a whimsical touch being added by the way in which the time is shown.
The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin
03-04-2005
Sold including buyer's premium:
14,950 CHF