Vacheron Constantin Oversized Engine-Turned Dial | 4537 | yellow gold

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The Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4537, nicknamed and part of the ‘XXL’ family, due to its oversized 38mm case and lugs, is certainly modern, when size is concerned. Vacheron knew a thing or two about how to embellish their dress watches. Firstly, look at that guilloché dial; the textured depth, achieved through the chevron style engine-turning, makes a fantastically vibrant face. The pattern was created by using a straight line on a straight line engine, which makes this exquisite piece all the more impressive. Reference 4537s were made in different dial styles, some plainer than others, with this one certainly much rarer than most. The sub-second dial at six o'clock, Arabic numerals and alternating round and faceted index markers give the face a subtle, sophisticated look. The twisted lugs, emblematic of the era, add a vintage flourish and further complement the guillochéd dial.

Furthermore, the Vacheron & Constantin logo was created in champlevé enamel - engraved and then filled with enamel - ensuring it never fades. All in all, Vacheron Constantin has somehow managed to inject a sense of fun and whimsy into this dress watch, a genre that is often more inclined towards seriousness and formality.

This watch is from 1951 and it is powered by the manually-wound Calibre 453. This rare vintage timepiece comes on a brown alligator strap and with extracts from the Vacheron Constantin Archives.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Oversized vintage Ref. 4537
Movement: 17-jewel manual-winding Cal. P453/3B
Functions: time-only: hours, minutes, small seconds
Features: unrestored engine-turned dial
Case: 37.5 mm yellow gold
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: brown alligator
Year: 1951
Box & papers: Extracts from the Archives

This beautiful, manual-winding, yellow gold Vacheron Constantin Oversized (Ref. 4537 - Cal. 453) watch is in excellent condition and has perfect mechanical functionality. This watch has been serviced to the highest possible standards by the UK's leading watch restoration service, SHWR. As a vintage watch, we cannot warranty its current water resistance.

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