Lot No. 324 (94th Auction)
Vacheron & Constantin à Genève / Geo. C. Shreve & Co., San Francisco, Movement No. 178041, Case No. 178041, 48 mm, 117 g, circa 1885

A very fine, heavy Geneva hunting case pocket watch with chronograph, delivered to George C. Shreve & Co. in San Francisco
Case: 18k rose gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, gold screw compensation balance.

This hunting case watch by Vacheron & Constantin was originally produced for George C. Shreve & Co. in San Francisco, a company that was just starting out at the time. Today Shreve & Company is a well-established retailer of jewellery and watches with headquarters in San Francisco. It was founded in 1894 by George Rodman and Albert J. Lewis and is considered San Francisco’s oldest commercial establishment. The Shreve & Co. signature sits next to the designation "Switzerland" on the high quality bridge movement. The movement is fitted with a counterpoised lever escapement, wolf-tooth winding, a large gold screw compensation balance and ruby bearings. The back of the heavy gold case is polished, the front lid is decorated with an intricate monogram. The classic dial has a small seconds indicator and gold 5 minute chronograph numerals.
Estimate  5,500 - 7,500 €

Price Realised  7,200 €
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