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Look watch we found: Vintage Vacheron Constantin Doctor’s Chronograph Watch

by Michael Weare
5 April, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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After a strategically brilliant and hard fought political campaign, America’s first Jewish President is voted into office. Naturally proud of his incredible achievement, he asks an aide to ensure that his beloved mother has a prominent seat during his inauguration.

The big day comes. It’s a chilly January afternoon. Finally the applause dies down, the band stops playing and the President stands to deliver his first momentous words as the most powerful man in the world. With a satisfied smirk on his face he turns to his mother seated front row centre and says:

“Well mother, what do you have to say about your son now, The President of the United States?”

Expecting her to be tearful with pride and admiration he is stunned when she sternly remarks:

“I still say he should have gone to medical school to become A doctor!”

This gives an indication of the esteem held for doctors. ‘A’ Doctor was and is perceived as something very special indeed. Back in the 30’s even more so.

That’s why some of the finest names in watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin and Rolex, made special doctor’s watches, as much a mark of prestige as a functional timepiece for taking pulses.

The Rolex Prince – sometimes known as the Rolex Brancard (Brancard being French for stretcher) is perhaps the most famous of doctor’s watches, but this Vacheron Constantin in 18k yellow gold is a rare beauty.

Vacheron Constantin Doctor's watch

It’s a vintage Doctor’s Chronograph available on Ebay for the presidential sum of $40,000. 33mm in size, it’s a watch dating from the 1930’s with a two button pulsation dial Chronograph on a silvered dial.

It features an easily legible blue pulsation scale, with black enamel markers, constant seconds and a 30-minute register. The hands are of gold with a blue steel sweep hand and register hands, It even comes with a Vacheron Geneve archival certificate. The watch is engraved on the back.

Vacheron Constantin Doctor's watch reverse

These desirable and beautifully crafted watches were often beyond the means of doctors, but were gifted to them by wealthy and grateful patients – again harking back to the esteem in which doctor’s were – and still for the most part – are held.

So if you have a son or nephew who has just graduated as a doctor and you have $40k to spare, this watch could be a much more meaningful gift than the new Chevy Corvette Coupe you had planned – and the watch is $10k cheaper.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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