Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Ref. 4072. Made in 1966. Very fine and rare, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, register, telemeter and tachometer with a later Vacheron Constantin 18k yellow gold buckle. Accompanied by a Vacheron fitted box and extract from the Archives.
Case: Three-body, polished, inclined bezel, concave lugs.
Dial: Satiné silver with applied yellow gold baton indexes, subsidiary dials for the seconds and 30-minute register, outer 1/5th seconds, telemeter and tachometer scales. Yellow gold baton hands.
Movement: Caliber 492, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, beryllium balance with timing screws, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator.
Case number: 420XXX Movement Nr.: 470XXX
Accompanied by a fitted box and Extract of Archives
Diameter: 35mm Thickness: 11mm
The Reference 4072 is one of Vacheron Constantin's most sought after chronograph models, and was in production from 1938 until the late 1960s. It was produced with oval-shaped chronograph pushers or with the better-known rectangular pushers, as found on this example.
In production for nearly three decades, this timeless chronograph with a 35 mm case was made in yellow gold, pink gold, steel, and steel and gold. Over the years, three different chronograph calibres were used for this reference, namely calibres 295, 434, and 492. It is known that only 214 yellow gold timepieces with the Vacheron chronograph caliber 492 were manufactured
It is rare to find a gold chronograph of such refined design and such unrestored, but excellent condition by any maker from this period. This reference 4072 by Vacheron Constantin is a particularly rare gem. The case appears larger due to the elongated and powerful lugs, as well as the wide dial opening. Scholars and connoisseurs consider Vacheron Constantin chronographs to be amongst the most beautiful ever made, offering not only exceptional quality, aesthetics and value but most importantly wearing pleasure.