Vacheron Constantin Model 4301
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
On a daily basis, we are inundated with requests for our suggestions on finding the "perfect" vintage dress watch. There are of course a multitude of possibilities when considering fine men's timepieces from the past century, but our criteria remain consistent.
A proper dress watch should be thin and unobtrusive, cased in a precious metal, and feature a simple dial layout without unnecessary complication or clutter. Furthermore, it is entirely unnecessary to spend your whole watch budget on a dress piece - there are literally hundreds of fantastic options for relatively little money. Be it Early American, Japanese, or Swiss in origin, so long as these criteria are met, you're on the right track.
When we spotted this 1940s Vacheron Constantin we knew we had encountered a rarity: a piece that was built with function and wearability in mind but that has, through the ages, crystalized as a stunning dress piece. Pieces developed in Switzerland during WWII were almost all function-driven watches. Owing to shortages of certain precious metals and a practical design zeitgeist even large and prestigious manufactures like Vacheron Constantin - the world's oldest continually operating watch manufacture - were producing small, steel timepieces.
This example is a very pleasing example of the little-seen Model 4301 produced in 1945. The 34.5mm steel case embraces a subdued silver dial with Arabic luminous hour markers very similar in design to the pilot's and officer's watches produced for the British MOD at the same time. The luminous blues-steel syringe hands bring a light touch of class and make this piece absolutely eye-grabbing.
With a recent mechanical overhaul and Extract From The Archives of Vacheron Constantin, you can rest assured that this is not a neglected or abused horological artifact, but one that has been loved and appreciated, and is ready for ongoing use.
While the forums and eBay are flush with mediocre mid-century watches, finding a crisp and honest piece worthy of any collection is rare. Finding a piece of this caliber from one of the most respected brands today is Herculean.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Vacheron Constantin Model 4301