Today, The Watch Adviser found a vintage 1940’s Vacheron Constantin all-original 4240. The 4240 was the creation that set Vacheron Constantin apart from all other watch manufacturers of its time. It was first introduced to the world in 1942. The 4240 held a 17 jewel, 12.5 ligne, Cal. 485 movement and the 4240L held a Cal. 495 movement (Triple Calendar w. moonphase). At the time of production, the 4240L was actually more popular than the 4240 among V and C’s clientele due to the watch’s moonphase function. The 4240 and the 4240L could be bought in 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat pink gold, and steel with yellow gold lugs. The case size ranged between 32 and 35 mm.
The 4240 is highly collectible, and much more valuable than the 4240L mostly because it was sold and produced in low volumes. A watch like this is a must-have for the discerning collector. This wristwatch, unlike most other Triple Calendars, shines at auctions and has shown relatively good results over the past decade. Added bonus: You will often find that these 4240’s come with date wheels written in French. How’s that for something cool? The 4240 that we discovered today is in nearly untouched, impeccable condition. You can find this piece at Manfredi Jewels of Greenwich, CT.
Luke Rottman (Executive Editor: thewatchadviser.com)