Les Collectionneurs Reference 4178

4178 35 mm Yellow Gold

Les Collectionneurs reference 4178


Some would say that reference 4178 represents the epitome of Vacheron Constantin's mastery of the art of watchmaking. A chronograph watch in 18K yellow gold from 1941 with pure, elegant aesthetics, a touch of boldness, and a magnificently crafted, flawless mechanism. Its silver dial houses 30-minute and small seconds counters, and a railroad-style minute counter with 1/5 second increments, base 1,000 tachymeter scale.

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35 mm
11 mm
Les Collectionneurs reference 4178
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4178 35 mm Yellow Gold
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48 grams
Year of production
Year of sale
Special features
Fan shaped lugs
Swiss made


Yellow Gold
35 mm
11 mm


Material of the bracelets


Yellow Gold


Indexes type and material
Yellow gold baton indexes
Chronograph, Tachymeter

About this watch

Today, reference 4178 is considered a particularly outstanding piece in the company's heritage. Thanks to its success, this chronograph, first launched in 1940, remained in production until 1964. Immediately recognizable thanks to its fan-shaped horns, it is often held up as an example of perfect symmetry and balanced proportions.

About the caliber

Featuring the column-wheel Caliber 434, fewer than 250 of the version in yellow gold were produced, making this watch all the more desirable.

Vacheron Constantin Chronographs

The oldest chronograph wristwatch of the Vacheron Constantin collections, a single push-button model in gold with a minute counter that dates back to 1917. The Manufacture has long been renowned for its watchmaking expertise. With the introduction of the wristwatch, this trend became even more pronounced, particularly with models whose practicality and functionality paved the way for the wrist instruments seen in the first half of the 20th century. Vacheron Constantin contributed to this evolution with its single push-button chronographs produced during the 1930s and 1940s, which were praised for their reliability and sturdy cases, which were often crafted from gold.

A trusted link with your timepiece

Each timepiece from this exclusive offer comes with a Digital Passport that provides trust and transparency thanks to key information such as the timepiece's Serial Number and History, information which will be updated throughout the watch's lifetime. A certificate of authenticity and a two-year warranty will aslo be available. 

A link between the past and the present

Enthusiasts and connoisseurs are now able to fulfill their ultimate goal of possessing one of these rare, vintage watches. Carefully selected by the Heritage Department and restored according to the rules of the art within the Manufacture, these Vacheron Constantin timepieces dating from the 20th century are now part of the collection "Les Collectionneurs". 

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The preservation of rare watches

Perpetuating the beat of an age-old movement, ensuring the sustainability of a watch passed on from generation to generation, this is what gives meaning to the long and meticulous work of our Master Craftsmen. Every restoration is a special case and sometimes requires forgotten expertise... Consequently, the result goes well beyond all expectations. 

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