Vacheron Constantin has a long history of producing calendar watches. It’s first identified complicated timepiece is a full calendar from 1790. However, it was not until the launch of reference 4240 in 1942, that this complication entered the brand’s catalog as a complication produced in series and no longer as one-offs. These elegant timepieces came in several different case metals and dial variations and all, except the version with the moonphase, housed the manual winding caliber 455.
Vacheron & Constantin triple date calendar 4240
The present watch displays a very attractive 35mm diameter yellow gold fluted case with wonderful claw lugs. The red day and month are indicated via apertures and the date via a central hand showing against a wonderful two-tone champagne dial with red calendar track. As this particular type of watch represented only a very small portion of the Vacheron Constantin’s production, they are very hard to find and remain a rare treat for the discerning collector.
The watch comes with an extract of the archives and is supplied to its original vintage frog leather strap and original gold buckle.