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    Vacheron Constantin, Very Rare and Fine Ref. 4072 Chronograph Retailed by Turler, Variant 2 Dial, From the Vacheron Constantin "Les Collectionneurs" Collection, circa 1942
    Case: 36mm, 18k yellow gold, three body case, with pressed on case back, No. 276514
    Dial: two tone champagne, with applied baton and Arabic hour markers, tachymeter scale on periphery, subsidiary dials for running seconds and 30 minute counter, gold baton hands, blued steel hands for running seconds and chronograph
    Movement: VC cal. 13"-434, manual wind, nickel finished, column wheel lateral actuated chronograph, No. 437,686
    Band: VC signed crocodile strap on VC signed 18k gold buckle
    Signed: VC on case, dial, movement

    This timepiece is accompanied by its Les Collectionneurs Inner and Outer Presentation boxes, hangtag, and Archival information

    LOT ESSAY

    As the oldest continuously operating Swiss manufacture and one of three who make up the "holy trinity" of fine Swiss watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin produced its first chronograph wristwatch in 1916, which featured wire lugs and a 30-minute counter. Other offerings would follow, such as the 1928 cushion shaped pulsations dial that would be the inspiration for Harmony collection. However, in just 22 years after providing their first wrist worn time recorder, Vacheron Constantin brought to market the chronograph wristwatch that would be in their offerings for the next 30 years, and would become an icon amongst astute Vacheron Constantin collectors, Ref. 4072.

    When it comes to vintage VC references, especially those with a chronograph complication, little is universally known. Research shows that total production only reached 1178 examples in three metals: yellow gold, rose gold and stainless steel with a small number of two-tone watches(1). Over the production period of Ref. 4072, the offerings can be broken down into six dial Variations, as offered by watchmaker and collector Peter Toot, who studied over 80 known examples to create understanding and organization amongst a field of authentic and rogue auction records.

    Variant 1:
    Serial Range (418,664-427,265) Date Range (1938-1940) Type (Printed Dials)
    Variant 2:
    Serial Range (428,413-466,813) Date Range (1941-1953) Type: (Applied Hour Marker Dials)
    Variant 3:
    Serial Range (431,471-446,444) Date Range (1943-1948) Type: (Black Enamel Dials)
    Variant 4:
    Serial Range (431,257-470,010) Date Range (1943-1957) Type: (Large Sub Dials, Applied markers)
    Variant 5:
    Serial Range (466,882 and 470,142) Date Range (1954-1957) Type: (Multi-Scale Dials)
    Variant 6:
    Serial Range (466,730-470,220) Date Range (1951-1967) Type: (Applied Beveled Hour markers and Logo)

    This near pristine example offered here would fall under Variant 2 dial, produced in 1942 with movement number #437686. Additionally, and even more rare than the timepiece itself, is its indisputable provenance. This dual signature Ref. 4072 retailed by Turler was acquired directly from Vacheron Constantin as part of their Les Collectionneurs vintage collection of timepieces, only available in select boutiques around the world. Rarely does an opportunity arise in the world of vintage Vacheron Constantin collecting where a timepiece of this significance can be acquired with no question to its authenticity.






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    Condition Report*: Type: Vacheron Constantin, Very Rare and Fine Ref. 4072 Chronograph Retailed by Turler, Variant 2 Dial, From the Vacheron Constantin "Les Collectionneurs" Collection, circa 1942
    Signed: VC on case, dial, movement
    Model: Ref. 4072
    Dial: two tone champagne, with applied baton and Arabic hour markers, tachymeter scale on periphery, subsidiary dials for running seconds and 30 minute counter
    Hands: gold baton hands, blued steel hands for running seconds and chronograph
    Metal: 18k yellow gold
    Case: #No. 276514
    Case Info: three body case, with pressed on case back
    Case Width: 36mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: VC cal. 13"-434, manual wind, nickel finished, column wheel lateral actuated chronograph, No. 437,686
    Band: VC signed crocodile strap on VC signed 18k gold buckle
    Circa: 1942
    Condition: This timepiece is presented in excellent condition. The case is in excellent condition with no obvious signs of wear anywhere on the case. Import stamp on case side is crisp and pronounced, as is the hallmark on back of lugs. The two tone dial is in excellent condition, with minimal ageing, which is a true rarity for this particular reference. The movement runs and sets as it should, service is recommended for daily use and timekeeping accuracies. Given the provenance of this timepiece, it represents a rare moment to acquire a near pristine Ref. 4072, that has been fully authenticated by the manufacture
    *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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