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Vacheron & Constantin
222 
Lot No. 345
Lot No. 345
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An elegant Geneva wristwatch in near mint condition, with date and later original box
Estimate  30,000 - 40,000 €

Price Realised  42,500 €
a lot of the last auction!
Product Details
CASE
18k gold, monobloc case, orginal gold bracelet by Gay Frères, bracelet length 135 mm, total length 175 mm.
very good.
DIAL
Gilt.
very good.
MOVEMENT
Automatic.
very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended.
REF.
46003
CAL.
1124
CASE NO.
565684
DIMENSIONS
34 x 42 mm
CIRCA
1980
WEIGHT
155 g
ORIGIN
Swiss
Product Description

In 1977 Vacheron & Constantin launched the legendary "222" to commemorate the 222nd anniversary of the company. The watch was created by emerging designer Jörg Hysek and featured an integrated bracelet, a distinctive, notched "porthole" bezel and an inserted Maltese cross symbol near the lugs; it was the brand’s reaction to the Nautilus, Royal Oak and Ingenieur SL watches that were introduced around that time. It was a period when the Swiss watch manufacturers were looking for new concepts to meet the so-called "quartz crisis".
Vacheron & Constantin used the ultra-flat calibre 1120, which was based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 920 – at 2.45 mm it was the world’s flattest automatic movement with central rotor and was also used by Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.
Three different sizes of the "222" were available until the mid 1980s: 37 mm, 34 mm and the 25 mm lady’s quartz model; the model came in steel, yellow gold, white gold and in a bicolour version. During the 8-year production run, only 1,300 25 mm examples, approximately 1,000 midsize and around 700 large "Jumbo" watches were made. Today the model has become a classic and is highly coveted by the collectors. This model retains its magnificent original condition with bevelled edges that are still crisp and a distinctive gold bracelet as well-fitting as it was the day the watch was purchased – without doubt a true collector’s dream.

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