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Vacheron Constantin Rare 1920s WW2 18kt Claw Lug Sector Dial Officers Cushion Wristwatch

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Condition Pre-owned
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No original box, no original papers
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Mar 2, 2021 - Mar 10, 2021
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Basic Info

Listing number 9N8F91
Brand Vacheron Constantin
Movement Manual winding
Case material Yellow gold
Year of production 1920
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, New York, New York, New York


Movement Manual winding


Case material Yellow gold
Case diameter 31 mm


Small seconds, Limited Edition, Only Original Parts


An Extremely Rare & Historically Important 1920s Vacheron Constantin
World War Two Military Officer's Wristwatch with Enamel Hand Painted
Fancy Yellow Dial & Tuxedo Style Arabic Sector Numerals

Basic Specifications & Case Dimensions

-31mm height X 31mm width, 8mm thickness

- Special Order Fancy Yellow Dial with black outer register markers and rare hand painted enamel Tuxedo Style Arabic numerals located at 12,3,6,& 9, outer minute track and subsidiary dial complication found at the 6

- Special Order Bold Crab Claw Lug design which extend outward from the dial on either side of the strap

- Fully Signed Case, Dial, Movement - 12 Jewel, Caliber 10.5” Straight Line Lever
- Three body polished Cushion case with bold crab claw lugs, known as an Officer’s Watch
- Perfect working condition, recently serviced

Catalog Note & The Cushion Case Design Concept

The present watch is extremely rare on a variety of levels from the case design to the dial and from the vintage it was produced to the maker whom created it.

To discuss and understand how rare it is we break it down first by the shape of the case design. The Cushion Shaped case designs are probably one of the rarest case designs of all wristwatches since this shape was produced for the shortest period when compared to the rectangular wristwatch shape precursor and the Calatrava or round case designs wristwatches today which are most commonly thought of. From the 1900s to the 1930s Watch manufacturers were developing case designs for the functional use at war, as well as, for style as the case designs moved past the 1930s. The first wristwatch case designs were typically rectangular and nicknamed trench watches later on as the industry became more focused on waterproofing the case design so it would be more durable. This was one of the inventions Rolex has been accredited so famous for generally speaking in the beginning of the 20th century horology.

From there, rectangular case designs were replaced with the cushion case designs as the present example is designed with, which is the most limited case design shapes ever produced as watch manufacturers only designed wristwatches in this shape for about a 10 years or less period from the
1920s to early 1930s and are commonly referred to as Officer’s watches whom were given these timepieces for their victories during the world wars. Afterwards the Calatrava was designed which is the round case design the world so famously envisions when thinking about a wristwatch shape.

During this World War Two timeframe, only a handful of Officer’s watches have been produced by each of the top makers of the timeframe as they would be commissioned and gifted to the elite officers for their military achievements and victories at war by the country’s leaders.

The present example by Vacheron Constantin, similar to its best known competitor of the period Patek Philippe has produced some of the most beautiful and sought after examples of all officers watches from this era especially, with select examples being highly personalized with rare special order features that separate officers watches apart from one another like the individuals who were being gifted them in the battle fields of war.

The present example is a highly unique example of an Officers watch for several reasons especially, when compared to other officer’s watches of which already so few exist.

First like all other Officers wristwatches of the 1920s it possesses the iconic cushion case design shape, however the present Vacheron Constantin example is uniquely rare as it is designed with a special-order lug design called crab claw lugs. This design differs from the typical lug design shape commonly found on an officer’s watch known as straight downturned.

In true Vacheron Constantin style, it is by no surprise that such a beautiful officers watch was commissioned by their firm as Vacheron Constantin is best known for designing wristwatches with a higher sense of fashion and sense of style placing a twist on the common design to add their own individuality which is clearly on full display by this present example. Ultimately, making the present example stand out from all other officer’s watches of this period.

In addition to the very rare lugs, which give it an extra sleek and boldly noticeable appearance when worn on the wrist as a result of the sharp 90 degree angles the lugs face outward at, the present timepiece also is extremely rare as it is designed with a special order fancy yellow dial. This element is also extremely unique since the majority of officers watches typically appear with white dials and very few are specially ordered in colors during this period, further suggesting the present example was a
piece gifted to a very high ranking officer to be worn with military dress attire and not for combat purposes.

Finally, as one reviews the numerals it is also obvious that the dial is very unique compared to other officer’s watches as it has hand painted black enamel Arabic tuxedo style sector dial numerals. This is indicated by the appearance of only the numbers 12, 3, 6, & 9 present and suggests that this very rare timepiece was likely gifted to an elite military pilot or surgeon during this timeframe given its ability to reveal the time quickly at a glance which would have been necessary for quick timing decisions and as a final finish special order hands which are steel blue tinted as light hits it changing from black to steel blue in certain lighting making this piece thought out in every possible way.

Additionally, important to note, the present timepiece is in perfect working condition and has been recently serviced. The signatures on the dial are bold and the case are sharp throughout indicating the timepiece has been well preserved and rarely worn given its nearly 100 year old age making it a true trophy piece for even the most seasoned of collectors.


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