Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch Circa 1950

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Lot 58
Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch
Circa 1950

Sold for £ 1,402 (US$ 1,766) inc. premium
Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch
Date: Circa 1950
Movement: Nickel finish 17-jewel Cal.439/7 Swiss lever, cut and compensated bi-metallic balance, adjusted to temperatures, No.513675
Dial: Silvered, applied polished Arabic numerals, black outer minute divisions, steel hands, subsidiary seconds at 6
Case: Polished aluminium, back inscribed 'Presented to H.V. Wilson by Northern Aluminium Company Ltd. in recognition of long and loyal service, 1954', No.336712
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 44mm
Accompaniments: Vacheron & Constantin fitted case

Footnotes

  • The company Aluminium Limited specially commissioned Vacheron & Constantin to make a watch predominantly out of aluminium. The case and the plates were all made from the very light metal and produce an exceptionally light but sturdy watch. The watches were given as mementos for employees of the company that attained 25 years of service and were inscribed with a presentation inscription. It is rare for watches to be made of exotic materials especially in series making this a very unusual piece.
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Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch Circa 1950
Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch Circa 1950
Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch Circa 1950
Vacheron & Constantin. A rare and lightweight aluminium keyless wind open face pocket watch Circa 1950
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