- Brand: Vacheron & Constantin
- Year: Circa 1950
- Model: Automatic Date
- Reference: 7397
- Calibre: K.1072/1
- Movement: Automatic
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Features/complications: Central sweeping seconds hand and date function at 3 o'clock.
- Dial: Silvered dial applied steel hour markers with black inlay. Steel baton hands with black inlays.
- Case dimensions: 35mm
- Bracelet/strap: leather strap
- Accessories: N/A
- Web reference: 2777
Vacheron Constantin is the oldest continuously operating watchmaker, with production extending all the way back to 1755. It is considered part of the "Holy Trinity" of Swiss watchmaking, with Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. The brand has always maintained its uncompromising pursuit of perfection on the inside and out of every timepiece to be released over the past 265 years.
The reference 7397, like we have here, has a tonneau-shaped case with a radial satin finish on the top of the case. The dial also has a sunburst style finish so it's almost like the finish goes out from the center of the dial all the way to the edge of the case - pretty neat. The dial and hands are of the non-lume variety with black paint in the center for visibility.
As one of Switzerland's finest makers, it is not all too often that we come across a vintage piece from Vacheron Constantin executed in stainless steel. Creating a really nice mix of high and low or opulence and wearability, these steel Vacherons continue to be favorites of vintage collectors everywhere. Inside, the watch is fitted with the K1072/1 self-winding movement with a date function, an 18k yellow gold rotor, and Geneva seal stamps. This case somewhat resembles another famed Vacheron Constantin case design referred to as the “Batman"; consider this piece a more wearable version, with a classic feel from the '60s mixed with the emerging quirkiness of the '70s.