Vacheron & Constantin Solid 18K Gold C-1950's Item #2695 Price $3225
No one captures classic, timeless elegance quite like Vacheron & Constantin. This 1950's Solid 18K Gold reference #4961 is no exception. The very first generation of Vacheron's Ultra-Thin movements, this watch serves as a wonderful example.
The watch is housed in a solid 18K Gold case, stamped "Vacheron & Constantin 18K" inside of the caseback. It measures 31.5 mm across excluding the crown, and 36 mm from lug tip to lug tip. Don't be fooled by the numbers though, this is a classic style that wears nicely on the wrist (see the photo below for an idea of how it looks on my wrist. For reference, I am 5ft 9in, 160lbs). With curved, sweeping lugs, this V&C has a very elegant look.
The watch also features a wonderful matte silver dial. It's accented with applied, high polish gold stick hour markers and matching gold stick hands.
Powered by a V&C signed, caliber 1303 movement with 17 jewels and manual winding; marked "Adjusted to Heat Cold Isochronism and Five (5) Positions". Kept ultra thin by excluding shock protection over the escape wheel - 1.64mm thick, to be exact. Making it better still, this movement is stamped with the Geneva Seal.
"Geneva Seal – means made within the Geneva Canton. The Geneva Seal is the official seal of the City and Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva seal in watchmaking is a certification reserved for wristwatch movements made in the City (or Canton) of Geneva. Although it is concerned mainly with the finishing and decoration of the watch movement, it is considered one of the highest accolades in the industry."
The watch comes fully serviced and running well. It winds and sets smoothly and is keeping very time. We paired it with our very best watch strap, handmade of genuine Louisiana Alligator. This is a timepiece to treasure for many years to come.
When we were researching the watch we found these old advertisements someone had posted. See the last three photos at the end. It's always nice to have a little history!