Vacheron Constantin 4217 | time-only |steel & gold
This rare, Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4217 time-only watch is in excellent condition. Its timeless style and aesthetics are typical of the period from Vacheron, having long been considered one of the ‘holy trinity’ of watchmaking.
Vacheron Constantin boast a lengthy and uninterrupted history of manufacture, dating back to 1755. The firm’s founder, Jean-Marc Vacheron, was one of many cabinotier-watchmakers who specialised in the production of complex components. Upon partnering with François Constantin, Vacheron (the brand) became widely-known for upholding the finest horological traditions - enamelling, piercing, engraving and engine-turning.
The brand received a distinction in the very first chronometry competition with the renowned Geneva Observatory, ushering in an era of record-breaking accuracy. The brand's motto “Do better if possible, which is always possible”, is evident in the exceptional finishing of each Vacheron & Constantin watch - surpassing the highest standards of finishing and decorating of mechanical movements, know as the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ or ‘Geneva Seal’.
Vacheron knew a thing or two about dress watch design. Whilst often celebrated amongst collectors for their elaborate case shapes, the more classical appearance seen in this example is equally impressive, with rare, two-tone, steel and yellow-gold features. The 33.5 mm stainless steel case has a thin, rounded bezel with curved lugs, and wears comfortably on the wrist. The watch also has its original yellow-gold crown and bushed steel case-back, correctly stamped inside. The inside-case features the watches’ unique reference number (282 XXX), as well as the manufacturers’ signature.
In keeping with this classic styling, the dial further features Vacheron’s ’Maltese cross’ signature, said to be taken from the design of a similarly cross-shaped movement component, mounted to the barrel cover. The applied hour-markers correspond harmoniously with the yellow-gold, pointed baton handset, complimenting the dial perfectly. In this example, the dial has been noticeably marked at 8 o’clock, between the index marker and outer-edge. Aside from this, the dial remains unblemished.
Powered by a manually-wound P454/3C calibre (signed “Vacheron & Constantin“), the movement is rhodium plated with Côtes de Genève embellishment, constructed with 17-jewels. This highly-finished movement with straight-line lever escapement further features a monometallic Glucydor balance with timing screws adjusted for temperature and a self-compensating Breguet balance spring.
This Vacheron Constantin Ref. 4217 comes on a dark brown leather strap and corresponding yellow-gold, Vacheron tang buckle. The watch is currently being serviced and will be available shortly.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding Cal. P454/3C|
|Functions:||time-only: hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||yellow-gold pointed baton hands, original gold crown|
|Case:||33.5 mm steel with yellow-gold crown|
|Bracelet:||dark brown leather strap, Vacheron gold tang buckle|
|Box & papers:||N/A|
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