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    Vacheron Constantin, Extremely Rare and Early Pivoted Detent Pocket Chronometer, Triple Signed, 18k Gold Open Faced Case, circa 1860
    Case: 49mm, 18k gold, open face, with hinged cuvette and caseback, No. 82708
    Dial: enamel dial with black Roman numeral hour markers, large subsidiary dial for running seconds, fleur-de-lis style hands
    Movement: Vacheron Constantin signed M. LeCoultre ebauche, key wind, gilt finished, pivoted detent escapement, movement number located under dial side matching case number, No. 82708
    Signed: VC in case, dial, movement

    This timepiece is accompanied by its VC signed presentation box with additional mainspring, and a associated key for winding and setting

    LOT ESSAY

    From research, it is determined that Vacheron Constantin produced less than 8 examples of pocket watches utilizing a chronometer escapement. Only three other are known to be triple signed, such as this timepiece offered. The gilt VC signed pivoted detent escapement ebauche appears to be the work of either Eugene or his son, Marius LeCoultre. We have seen this movement also show up from Rossel & Fils (later sold to Constant Girard-Golay in 1906, and later to become Girard Perregaux). This extremely rare timepiece is an outstanding survivor and from its condition, a clearly cherished item within its ownership history.


    Condition Report*: Type: Vacheron Constantin, Extremely Rare Pivoted Detent Pocket Chronometer, Triple Signed, 18k Gold Open Faced Case, circa 1860
    Signed: VC in case, dial, movement
    Model: Pocket Chronometer
    Dial: enamel dial with black Roman numeral hour markers, large subisdiary dial for running seconds
    Hands: fleur-de-lis style hands
    Metal: 18k gold
    Case: #No. 82708
    Case Info: open face, with hinged cuvette and caseback
    Case Width: 49mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: Signed Vacheron Constantin (M. LeCoultre ebauche), key wind, gilt finished, pivoted détente escapement, double signed VC on movement
    Circa: 1860
    Condition: This timepiece is presented in excellent preserved condition. The case is presented in excellent condition with very little signs of wear on the outside coin edge band and guilloche finished case back. Wear is visibly seen on the cuvette, particularly in the form of scratches around the setting and winding apertures from the careless use of a key at some stage in its 160 years of existence . The VC signed enamel dial is in excellent condition with no visible cracks or missing pieces that normally plague timepieces of this era. The movement is in excellent condition, with little to no signs of obvious wear evident. Movement is running and setting as it should. The balance has been stabilized with a piece of cork for safety at all times while in storage
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2020
    8th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 25
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