Vacheron & Constantin 18k Gold Calatrava Ref. 4301 w/ Honeycomb Dial Circa 1950
Beautiful vintage wristwatch by Vacheron & Constantin dating to1950. Vacheron & Constantin is one of the oldest and the most celebrated watch houses in the industry and for good reason. They specialize in fine watchmaking and this Calatrava is no exception. From the solid 18kt yellow gold case to the amazing honeycomb dial and of course the legendary movement; This watch boasts historical signifiance, timeless styling and an incredible value.
The solid 18kt yellow gold case measures 35mm excluding the original unsigned crown, which is correct for this era. Also featuring a screw down case back which gives the wath a more substantail and robust feel as well as some extra resistance to moisture. This is an uncommon feature in dress watches of this time period but is a testiment to Vacheron's high standards.
The star of the show is of course the orignal and untouched honeycomb dial, which is just stunning. As you can see the dial is in excellent condition showing only very minor signs of age. Signed 'Vacheron & Constantin' on top of a plate in the center of the dial to avoid any distortion from the textured dial this is just another attention to detail that doesn't go unnoticed. Also signed 'Swiss' at the bottom under 6 o'clock.
Beneath the solid gold screw down case back protected by the original metal dust cover lies the beautifully finished P.454/5B movement. When you hear the name Vacheron & Constantin this is what you think of. Watchmaking at its very best; this 17 jewel manually wound movement featuring Geneva stipes is really the icing on the cake.
The watch is running well and the service history is unknown. It is fitted with a brand new 18mm textured leather strap as shown in the photographs.
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