Pre-1935 Vintage Vacheron & Constantin 18k Tank Watch In Ultra Rare Color Combo
After 40 years of collecting my employer has decided to truly begin the laborious chore of liquidating his watch collection. We have started this process a few times over the last several years only to get waylaid by the demands of new sales and service. The current situation has removed this impediment, and so I will be listing watches over the coming days, weeks, and possibly months. The extra time comes with the trade off of some technical limitations as access to my shop is quite limited and may eventually become nil. I do not have access to most of my tools or testing equipment.In cases of quartz watches (yes, there are a few), if a nicer watch that might usually merit a photo of the movement was known to have passed water resistance at its last cell change, I will not be opening it as there is little to see other than to possibly verify authenticity. Most of the preowned quartz models I will be listing come with their original boxes and paperwork, so hopefully that can assuage concerns. At the end of the day we have not and will not ever knowingly represent something we know, or even suspect, to be less than 100% genuine. I hope we can all be understanding as things arise given the unpredictable events we are living through; we are doing our best.
There are examples of wrist and pocket watches from some of the most desirable manufacturers in the industry. Brands include Patek Philippe, Vacheron and Constantine, Rolex, Omega, LeCoultre, Brietling, Heuer, etc; as well as a truly staggering collection of Railroad grade pocket watches. Hamilton 992s and 950s, Waltham Vanguards, Illinois Bunn Specials, early high grade Howards, up down indicators, and much much more. In each case we will be listing the watch with an honest description and many photos to clearly show the condition of the piece.Unless otherwise stated, watches should be considered functional, but possibly due for service. Many were thoroughly gone through before being put away, but in some cases that may have been 30 years ago. Our feedback is modest but all positive, and you will see that it includes many multi thousand dollar watch sales. We recommend that you check out our stores website or come in to visit us if you're in the Portland area once we reopen. In the case of modern pieces it offers an opportunity to own something that has already depreciated some significant part of its original monetary worth but hopefully retains most, if not all, of its material value. Alternatively, with vintage examples one has the chance to own functional history. You can embrace the refined styling of Art Deco pieces from the 20s and 30s or the funky colorful sport designs of the 60s and 70s emulated by so many current watches. Like with preowned cars the novice and experienced collector alike can make extremely costly mistakes. Well beyond the simple, but very real, concern of counterfeits is the more amorphous issue of condition. That is far less quantifiable than real or fake, and the older the watch the more likely it is to drastically bear on the actual value of any one example. This can happen innocently; many people do not maintain there watches properly and honestly have no idea how bad the condition may be until it catastrophically fails.
It is definitely much pinker than the buttery yellow I expect from the usual 18k of that era, but I'd like to avoid any issues if your opinion differs. At 24mm x 24mm (24mm x 33mm including lugs) this is somewhat diminutive by today's standards, but is actually quite sizable for the period. It takes a 17mm strap which is nice as most pieces from the 30s fit 14,15, or 16 mm straps which are increasingly hard to find in men's lengths.
I had always meant to track down a better replacement (initially why this sat in the vault instead of a showcase), but as with so many things it fell off my radar as time went by. It is certainly not the first thing that catches the eye, but it needed to be mentioned. In summary I would describe this as an excellent piece to acquire for the knowledgeable inveterate collector looking for rare examples to wear with pride or tuck away for the future. Given its uncommon pink color, rare black dial and overall condition it is not likely you will see another anytime soon. Please inspect all photos closely as they should be considered part of the description.In photos with serial number visible the last two digits have been obscured, this was done in the image not to the case, tag, or certificate. We do however guarantee 100% that this is a genuine Vacheron & Constantin. We are a brick and mortar jewelry store in Beaverton, Oregon (Portland area), that have been in business since 1957. We are an authorized Omega dealer and service provider with an Omega certified WOSTEP trained watchmaker on staff. We do our absolute best to represent all our items as accurately as possible. We would much rather undersell than over promise. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "smithandbevill" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Gender: Men's
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
- MPN: 263918
- Display: Analog
- Brand: Vacheron & Constantin
- Serial Number: 4200XX