Vacheron Constantin 222 Square Automatic Vintage ca.1977 Only 300 Square 222s Ever Made
I recently learned that the purpose of this small special order by the Suadi's of the 222 square model was not for themselves, but to be used as a gift to a very important person, like a president of another country or a secretary of state...ect. Usually used to persuade a major decision maker.
I've always known but failed to leave this very important detail out, the 222, like most, don't know, this is not a Gerald Genta design, but a very young and ambitious Jorg Hysek. This is a very important detail and makes the watch extra special. Considering that this would be one of his first designs. Certainly inspired by Genta but with some genius of Hysek as well, like the embedded gold Maltese cross on the bottom right of the case. I also learned there were less than three hundred 222 squares in all varieties ever made; less than a hundred were two-tone; and about a dozen were made with this dial and box set. Because they never come to market (for sale), they are very hard to value. But, I know what I'm asking for it given the significance and rarity of the piece is well undervalued. This is the equivalent of a vintage Patek Nautilus or a first edition of the AP Royal Oak. Sales have mostly been in Europe, with a few squares sold over the years in the 10-12k EURO price range.Think about that; this is the great house of Vacheron Constantin, one of the three best horologists and manufacturers. The details above have been verified by a VC curator to be true. How things can change when you start to know all the experts.
Original stainless steel bracelet with 18k gold plated alternating links
Awesome looking original grey dial with 18k applied gold indices
Solid 18k gold scalloped bezel
Stainless steel case and caseback in original untouched factory finished condition
Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1124 Automatic winding with 18k gold rotor rim for superior winding
Original box and tag (no papers) including three extra links ordered from Vacheron (includes screws)
Original Saudi Royal Family emblem