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Estimate € 20000 - 40000

Model: 222 "Jumbo"
Reference: 44018
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1977
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1121
Case N°: 522207
Movement N°: 686198
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Papers and Tag

In the vibrant horological landscape of the 1970s, three iconic sport-luxury watches emerged as pioneers: Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, and Vacheron Constantin’s 222. While the first two brands sought the brilliance of Gerald Genta, Vacheron Constantin turned to the visionary designer Jorg Hysek to create a timepiece that would stand as a symbol of elegance and innovation. Launched in 1977, the 222 was a sporty yet refined creation: the reference 44 018, affectionately known as the “Jumbo,” embodies a striking tonneau case of 37 mm, distinguished by its clever monobloc construction featuring sharp facets and angles. The iconic Maltese Cross, proudly displayed at the lower right of the case top, adds a touch of distinction. With a production limited to around 700 pieces, the Jumbo remains a rare gem in the world of luxury sports watches, resulting in a masterpiece that seamlessly integrated an ultra-thin tonneau case, an integrated flat-link bracelet and a screw-down bezel to enhance water resistance. Nestled within the 222 is the ultra-thin, automatic caliber 1121, Vacheron Constantin’s version of the esteemed Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920. The present example, with its desirable dark grey dial, stands as a testament to the 222’s enduring allure. The luminous hour markers, aged to an appealing light tone, add a touch of vintage charm. In truly remarkable condition, this Vacheron Constantin 222 “Jumbo” still has the original box, papers and tag and not just represents a watch but a collector’s dream: an exceptional luxury sports wristwatch that transcends time and trends. A legacy born from the marriage of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage and Jorg Hysek’s avant-garde vision. The watch became so popular in recent years that in 2022, Vacheron unveiled a new editions. Named Historiques 222, this series pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage by skillfully reinterpreting its historical roots. The reception has been nothing short of thrilling, with enthusiasts expressing tremendous excitement and anticipation. As a result, the current market reflects the model’s desirability, commanding notably high prices and elevating vintage examples, such as the present lot, into coveted and collectible treasures.

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Estimate € 20000 - 40000

Model: 222 "Jumbo"
Reference: 44018
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1977
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1121
Case N°: 522207
Movement N°: 686198
Dimensions: 37 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Papers and Tag

In the vibrant horological landscape of the 1970s, three iconic sport-luxury watches emerged as pioneers: Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, and Vacheron Constantin’s 222. While the first two brands sought the brilliance of Gerald Genta, Vacheron Constantin turned to the visionary designer Jorg Hysek to create a timepiece that would stand as a symbol of elegance and innovation. Launched in 1977, the 222 was a sporty yet refined creation: the reference 44 018, affectionately known as the “Jumbo,” embodies a striking tonneau case of 37 mm, distinguished by its clever monobloc construction featuring sharp facets and angles. The iconic Maltese Cross, proudly displayed at the lower right of the case top, adds a touch of distinction. With a production limited to around 700 pieces, the Jumbo remains a rare gem in the world of luxury sports watches, resulting in a masterpiece that seamlessly integrated an ultra-thin tonneau case, an integrated flat-link bracelet and a screw-down bezel to enhance water resistance. Nestled within the 222 is the ultra-thin, automatic caliber 1121, Vacheron Constantin’s version of the esteemed Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920. The present example, with its desirable dark grey dial, stands as a testament to the 222’s enduring allure. The luminous hour markers, aged to an appealing light tone, add a touch of vintage charm. In truly remarkable condition, this Vacheron Constantin 222 “Jumbo” still has the original box, papers and tag and not just represents a watch but a collector’s dream: an exceptional luxury sports wristwatch that transcends time and trends. A legacy born from the marriage of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage and Jorg Hysek’s avant-garde vision. The watch became so popular in recent years that in 2022, Vacheron unveiled a new editions. Named Historiques 222, this series pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage by skillfully reinterpreting its historical roots. The reception has been nothing short of thrilling, with enthusiasts expressing tremendous excitement and anticipation. As a result, the current market reflects the model’s desirability, commanding notably high prices and elevating vintage examples, such as the present lot, into coveted and collectible treasures.

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