With this watch, you own a bit of history. Let's start by talking about Vacheron &Constantin.
They are referred to as part of the Holy Trinity of luxury Swiss watchmakers, along with Patek Philipe and Audemars Piguet. Founded in 1755, Vacheron & Constantin is arguably the oldest continually producing watchmaker in the world.
With a Vacheron & Constantin, you are investing in absolutely the highest grade of craft and heritage. This particular watch showcases that work brilliantly. It is from the 1920's, as evidenced by an engraving in the caseback, and still working brilliantly.The dial is in excellent condition, in a beautiful silver cream color. The hands are in perfect condition.
The numerals catch the light and shimmer-- similar to the effect of blued steel, but a bit more subtle. The minute indices are of a lighter silver color than the dial, with larger indices at each hour.
The seconds sub-dial is of a different tone, and is textured with a minute pattern of concentric rings. The dial does have some patina along the lower edge, most visible between the 5 and the 6. Disappointing, but to be expected in a watch that is nearly 100 years old. The crystal is clear and nearly flawless.Part of what makes this piece truly rare is the case. It is made of platinum-- more durable, and more precious than gold. The inside rear caseback carries a "platinum" hallmark, but does not specify purity.
Jewelry-grade platinum is typically 95% pure. The platinum has also been confirmed by a jeweler. The case is in excellent condition, with a bit of wear on the rear caseback.
The caseback exterior bears a beautiful art deco stylized inscription with the initials WAM. The interior of the caseback bears the inscription, Ward A. Miller from his friends at the Midvale Company, May 1, 1928. We'll get to him in a moment.This is a snap-on caseback with an open face style. The movement is in beautiful working condition and keeps great time.
The crown pulls out and spins appropriately, and is able to set the time correctly. 18 jewels and 8adjustments attest to its quality, as do the Geneva Stripes visible on elements of the movement.
There are service marks on the caseback, which I cannot discern, but this watch was apparently serviced several times. It has been well taken care of. Part of what makes this watch so technically advanced is how thin and light it is. I have not handled a pocket watch this thin from any time period.
The workmanship that went into making the movement so compact is astonishing. It measures 6.6 mm high, and 45 mm across, excluding the crown and crown guard. Crown guard measures an additional 12.25 mm. This piece also includes a gorgeous platinum watch chain, hallmarked 100% platinum. Now, who was Ward A.Miller, and why did he rate such a wonderful watch? Miller was quite literally a roaring twenties steel baron. He climbed the ranks of the steel industry first at Ryerson and then at the Midvale Steel &Ordinance Company in Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh.
His career was interrupted by WWI, during which he served as a captain in the Army Ordinance Corps. In May of 1928, he got a big promotion and was appointed Vice President of the Vanadium Corporation of America. Vanadium is a critical additive for certain alloys of steel, and during the early 20. Century, the VCA had a near monopoly on the mines in Peru that supplied it. Based on the date of May 1, this watch was a good-bye present from Mr.Miller's colleagues at Midvale Steel as he left to become a vanadium tycoon. Part of the fun of a vintage watch is the story behind it. Well, this watch tells a story about the history of American industry. Reference: Google Books, Railway Age. Volume 84, May 5, 1928, page 1070.
There's even a picture of him. This is a vintage watch with an unknown service history. I cannot guarantee it's future functioning, however, right now it's working just as it should.
Like all mechanical watches, it will require periodic service by a professional watchmaker to maintain its performance. If the watch is not as described, you must notify me within 7 days of receipt. The item "Vintage Vacheron & Constantin Platinum Pocket Watch & Chain, 1920's, Keeps Time" is in sale since Thursday, November 18, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Pocket Watches".
The seller is "dasbates987" and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.