VACHERON & CONSTANTIN Victorian 18kt Gold Pocket Watch
In 1755 in the city of Geneva, Jean-Marc Vacheron opened a watch-making workshop. This exceptional craftsman founded a business that has become, two and a half centuries later, one of the most renowned watch companies in the world. In 1810, Jean-Marc's grandson, Jaques-Barthelemy, became the head of the family business and initiated their first exports to France and Italy. In 1819, Jaques-Barthelemy created "Vacheron et Constantin" with Francois Constantin. Through the years, the company proceeded to revolutionize watch-making techniques was regularly recognized for outstanding achievements. Considered the oldest watchmakers in the world, Vacheron & Constantin continues to produce exceptional and complicated time pieces that are sought after by collectors worldwide.
This fantastic Late Victorian watch is a wonderful example of the amazing craftsmanship of the Vacheron & Constantin watchmakers! Made of 18kt yellow gold, the watch has a white porcelain face with enameled details. The numbers are a wonderful royal blue color, and the minute marks are enameled in gold. The watch winds at the top, and the exceptional detail is even portrayed with the beautiful and ornate hands. The glass face flips open, along with two lids on the back of the watch. The first encasement reveals several hallmarks on the inside, including: "18K" "195872", and the signature Maltese cross. Engraved at the bottom is "Georges Quillet Roubaix" in fancy script, and the maker's hallmark "VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, GENEVE". The second encasement reveals the working watch movement, along with additional hallmarks: "AVANCE RETARD","322600" and "VACHERON & CONSTANTIN" with the Maltese cross in the center. The watch is fully functional, but must be wound on a regular basis. It's a magnificent timepiece, and a must for the antique pocket watch collector!
Measurement: The pocket watch measures a little less than 1 3/4" tall, and has a diameter of 1 1/4", and is 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Besides normal surface wear to the gold and a small, minor dent on the back, there is no serious damage to the watch. Watches of this era should be cleaned and oiled periodically, and at this time, the watch is in fine working order and keeping good time.