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Rare 1980s Special Order Vacheron Constantin Tuxedo Onyx Pave Diamond Dial Watch

Origin Switzerland
Period 1950-1999
Materials In the 1970s - 80s Vacheron was experimenting with special commissions. Here Onyx and Pave Diamonds were set to create a Piece Unique Tuxedo Dial
W. 25 mm; L. 185 mm; Diam. 25 mm;
Condition Excellent. The Vacheron Constantin wristwatch is completely original & mint throughout in perfect working condition.All original stones are present.Sharp signatures & perfect dial are extremely well preserved.The watch has also been cleaned & serviced.
Creation Date 1970s- 1980s
Description Notable Recent Results :

Sotheby's Sale April 2013, Hong Kong Lot # 2366 , Lesser Example price realized was approx. $17,000.00
Sotheby's Sale October 2015, Hong Kong Lot # 2234, Lesser Example price realized was approx. $16,000.00
Christie's Sale November 2013, Hong Kong Lot # 2728, Similarly rare / equal to Example price realized was approx. $24,000.00

Catalog Note:

From the 1940s to the 1980s Vacheron Constantin , like many of the other watch brands saw new promise as they shifted focus and began to recognize the growing demand in the arena of Ladies timepieces. The race to develop ornate case designs and custom orders was all the craze. A new way to incorporate design elements as a result of smaller watch mechanisms allowed for timepiece manufacturers to create never before imaginable designs. Vacheron and Constantin capitalized on this market due to their acute ability and advancements they made with engineering. As a result, Vacheron & Constantin more so than any other watch maison was commonly requested to produce some of the most desirable and interesting timepieces of the period.

The present watch was custom designed as a special order carried out by Vacheron & Constantin as part of a private commission for important Vacheron & Constantin Clientele.
This was a common request at the time for these piece as unique diamond set wristwatches with hard stone dials was very indemand. A similar example also exists in the Vacheron & Constantin museum as well.

Around this time, Vacheron & Constantin was implementing their revolutionary lozenge shaped case design wristwatch.
An example of this early original museum quality prototype lozenge designed timepiece from the early 1900s can be also be found in our storefront here as well and also a more modern example where one can really see the lineage of the reference. The unique version of the reference from the later 70s where production was 1 of 3 which competed against the Lady's Kala , one of VC's most important diamond wristwatch.

Many Different variations around the world for the lozenge shaped wristwatch were produced because they were one of the most famous VC designs during this period as a result of their oblong case design which was so unique but as an alternative to this design Vacheron & Constantin created a select few cushion shaped wristwatches with diamond bezel such as the present timepiece exhibited here today, as part of a private commission series. '

Previously known examples of this timepiece are usually produced in 18kt yellow gold and there are no examples in the current marketplace which have the hand-made onyx - set tuxedo dial which the present timepiece exhibits so you will not find another one like it. The timepiece has approximately 22 brilliant round cut diamonds and a pave set diamond dial surrounded by handmade perfect condition black onyx, made of only the highest quality stone and diamonds Vacheron & Constantin had access to at this time.

The present reference is no longer in production today and it is very unlikely a collector will see another example such as this one again. We will be adding additional details and sources shortly.

Thank you for your interest and feel free to touch base with any additional questions you may have or to request additional photos.

Additional Watch Specifics:

- cal. 1430 manual winding nickel lever movement,18 jewels
- pavé-set dial • Onyx - set inner Dial
- 18k white gold oval case,
- 22 brilliant round diamond-set bezel,
- Back winding crown, case back secured by two screws
- 18k white gold integrated woven bracelet
*case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Watch Case Measurements:

25mm across from side of case to crown x 30m (top of case to bottom of case)
Bracelet Inner Circumference of bracelet 170 mm
Length: 170mm
Weight: 65 grams
Thickness: 12
Gemstones Diamond, Onyx, White Diamond
Metals Gold, White Gold
Gender Men's , Ladies'
Styles / Movements Fine Jewelry, Rare Jewels, Signed Pieces
Incollect Reference Number 212836
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