Rare & Relevant: VC 1st Automatic cal477

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, 1st Automatic Calatrava


CHF 9,000
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Almost 70 years old and in astonishing and original condition. This historical and horological relevant Vacheron is a disruptive watch in the companies epic history -- the oldest still existing watchmaker in the world, by the way: their first automatic winding movement in a vintage Patrimony / Calatrava like 18K rose gold case. Before they never made a automatic winding watch and thereafter most of their important timepieces were supplied with a self-winding movement. Historical.

The aesthetic very good working cal477 bumper automatic movement is tangible & audible when its rotor weight hits the spring bumpers -- a fantastic experience. On top of this fine movement sits the flawless lavish guilloched dial with rose gold applied hour index markers and four hand-cut arabic numerals. The hands appear to be untouched and are original to this beautiful historical V&C.

The iconic and unmistakable case appears to be unpolished -- 70 years old and not only the hallmark is visible but the characteristic flank is accentuated like it always was.

This gem comes on a detachable solid gold bracelet with a very similar surface finishing like the dial -- and made of dozens of links artful connected to each other. Very similar to the Staib bracelet on the Patek ref3587 Beta21 and probably made by the same important bracelet maker in Pforzheim, Germany. As said, this is detachable and so it could be worn on this flamboyant bracelet either or on a new beautiful and well made vintage appearing alligator leather strap, connected to a 18K V&C buckle.

All this is garnished by the Klotzl-made leather case and the Extract of the VC Archives.


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