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Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921


Grand Auctions is proud to be offering for auction this eye-catching watch, a modern version of a distinctive timepiece originally created in The Roaring Twenties when wristwatches were first becoming popular. Think Bauhaus and Art Deco, think jazz music, think post-war North American affluence, this is a watch of its time that still packs huge appeal, even (and especially) in today’s digital era.


Part of Vacheron’s Historiques collection, the American 1921 features an 18 ct yellow gold cushion shaped case measuring 40 x 46 mm with sapphire crystal front and exhibition back, sandblasted silver plated metal dial, black oxidised gold Breguet hour and minute hands and subsidiary seconds dial at 3 o' clock. The manual wind movement calibre 4400 AS has a 65 hour power reserve and is offset 45 degrees clockwise so that the crown sits at the top right hand corner of the case. This arrangement greatly improves the dial’s readability if, for example, sat at a desk working, or driving holding the steering wheel, since with arms outstretched, the 12 o’ clock position is aligned naturally at the top of the watch.


This particular watch is in excellent condition having been purchased recently and only tried on a few times. It comes complete with original box, travel pouch, Vacheron Constantin passport with guarantee certificate and service booklet, tags, information USB stick, cleaning cloth and factory sticker to the reverse of the watch. Original retail price was £32,000. View more details here.

If you have any watches you would like to have valued, please contact Simon Rufus of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.

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