VACHERON & CONSTANTIN, REF. 4261
MINUTE REPEATER - PINK GOLD & TWO-TONE DIAL
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, movement No. 446002, case No. 276214,
Ref. 4261. Completed in 1945.
Extremely fine and important, minute-repeating, 18K pink gold wristwatch with two-tone silver dial.
CThree-body, polished and brushed, inclined stepped bezel, flared lugs, snap-on back.
DTwo-tone brushed silver with applied pink gold radial Arabic numerals and baton
indexes, outer minute divisions. Pink gold baton hands.
M13''', rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, 31 jewels, straight line lever
escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, flat balance spring, index
regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band.
NotesDial, case and movement signed.
DIAM. 36.2 mm. THICKNESS 8.5 mm.
Production of Vacheron Constantin minute
repeating wristwatches in the mid-20th century:
• 38 examples in total, in pink, yellow,
white gold and platinum.
• 17 examples in 1942
• 9 examples in 1944/45
The Property of the Original Owner's Family
Consigned by the family of the original owner, the
present watch is one of the finest examples of the
legendary reference 4261 to be offered at auction.
The handsome two-tone silver dial with pink gold
numerals and indexes exhibits a mellow patination
so prized by collectors of vintage wristwatches.
Minute repeaters are considered one of the finest
achievements of Vacheron Constantin's production
of complicated wristwatches. Since the early 1940s
until the mid 1980s, the Geneva Company made
only one model of minute repeating wristwatch:
the reference 4261.This outstanding wristwatch is
considered by collectors and professionals worldwide
as perhaps the most elegant minute repeating
wristwatch made in the last 60 years. Reference 4261
was fitted with a 12''' caliber movement, generally
recognisable by the subsidiary seconds, or the 13'''
movement, without subsidiary seconds as in the
present watch. Whereas the 12''' movement was
fitted in a case with a diameter of 34 mm., the 13'''
caliber was cased in a flatter and slightly larger case,
measuring 36 mm. in diameter. It appears that no
more than 10 examples of reference 4261 were
finished with the 13''' movement (without subsidiary
seconds), the majority cased in gold.