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Van Cleef & Arpels 1940s Special Order 18KT Yellow Gold Platinum Diamond Sapphire Double Snake Cord “Cadenas"

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Year of production 1940
No original box
No original papers
Pre-owned (Very good)
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Basic Info

Listing code A8V0T7
Brand Van Cleef & Arpels
Reference number An Iconic 1940s Special Order Van Cleef & Arpels 18kt Yellow Gold, Platinum Diamond & Sapphire Set, Double Snake Cord “Cadenas” Bracelet Watch
Movement Manual winding
Case material Yellow gold
Bracelet material Yellow gold
Year of production 1940
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, New York, New York, New York


Movement Manual winding


Case material Yellow gold


Bracelet material Yellow gold


Gemstones and/or diamonds, Limited Edition


An Iconic 1940s Special Order Van Cleef & Arpels 18kt Yellow Gold, Platinum Diamond & Sapphire Set, Double Snake Cord “Cadenas” Bracelet Watch

Basic Specifications & Measurements

⁃ Case Dimensions 23mm Width x 22mm Height
- Dial Dimensions 10mm
- Fits up to 180mm Wrist size
*Can be extended or tapered as necessary
- French Hallmarked, Signed & Serial Numbered
- Recently serviced & Perfect working condition & Accompanied by a Van Cleef presentation case

Additional Special Features

- Unique Locking Mechanism controlled by the Sapphire
- Double Box Snake Cord Bracelet Strap

Catalog Note

During the 1940s, Van Cleef Arpels designed some of the most unique and interesting bracelet watch concepts ever made. The present example which is a special order commissioned variation of the firm’s most iconic and alluring concept known as the “Cadenas” or “Lock form” bracelet watch style is designed with immense special attention to detail & is considered one of the most sophisticated and unique concepts with regard to its locking mechanism of which the Cadenas is most famous for.

The concept of the legendary Cadenas bracelet watches were initially introduced by Van Cleef when the firm’s collaboration with the famous Duke and Duchess of Windsor, whom’s love story was considered one of the greatest loves of all time- a king who abdicated his thrown for the love of his life met with Van Cleef Arpels to commission very special ordered designs for the couple to gift one another on special occasions or mark important memories and anniversaries. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s collection is one of the largest and most historically important collections of all time as the couple’s design concepts and input provided to commission extremely unique never before seen designs largely shaped the world of fashion and jewelry design as we know it today simultaneously forming the foundation for Van Cleef’s reputation as one of the best design firms in the world. More specifically, the Cadenas bracelet watch was a regularly gifted timepiece which the Duke was known to have gifted the duchess on multiple anniversaries as the design concept itself represented the union of their love with the design being created so that one end of the watch connects or locks onto the other end.
Within this present example, the case design similarly features this lock form element which Van Cleef Cadenas style watches are famous for as the sapphire set on the bezel, can swing right or left to act as the locking mechanism that closes or unlock the bracelet around the wrist. By reviewing the photos, one can see how this design is iconically made as one of the most unique examples of the firms work. Although seeming simple at first glance the concept is extremely intricate and a mechanically genius engineering concept which one would only come to expect from such a famed firm as Van Cleef. The bracelet connects with one end fitting over the dial and watch part and then its user turning the sapphire to the left to lock it once both parts are placed on top of one another. This is an extremely rare design and would have taken a lot of planning and workmanship to produce.

Additionally, for onlookers in the company of the user, the design gives the impression that the user is only wearing a beautiful gold and diamond bracelet. The concept to design a bracelet watch as more of a bracelet than that of watch was also much of the style back then as it was considered rude to check the time in company of others so by having such a unique design concept it allowed its user to be able to have the functional use of a timepiece to check the time, but the fashionable style of a diamond sapphire gold bracelet to those passing by.

Overall, the timepiece is extremely well designed throughout. Aside from the unique locking mechanism that the present Cadenas variation is designed with, the bracelet is further accented with platinum and double rondel settings which are at the end of the double box snake cord bracelet making the piece extremely versatile as a high fashion accessory that can be worn with a high level of comfort to the most dressed up events or the most causal.


The present timepiece is also in excellent condition with no missing stones, discoloration and a perfect working mechanism that has also been recently serviced. Additionally, it is accompanied by Van Cleef a presentation case

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