„My first VC“

As I promised - here are a few words on my VC...not very elaborate, just a quick take on what happened.

How come?
It all started when some colleagues of mine, all admirers/wearers of highclass wristwatches, began to lure me into writing an article about a not too costly watch made by RW. As I had not worn a wristwatch for a couple of years it took me some time to get accommodated to the thought. But finally it happened and I wrote the review (we produce a high end audio magazine also featuring music and some lifestyle elements – on an avocational basis so we do not have to make a living of it). You may already have gotten to the point: The bug had bitten. So I began scrambling around, looking for “my” watch.
Facts and ideas
I’m not a big guy and so my wrist is rather small. This excludes everything above 42 mm diameter. Tried this once (a 44 mm watch owned by a friend of mine) – it looked simply terrible! Plus I can’t stand arabic numerals on a watch dial. Don’t ask me why. I just feel it isn’t right with me. So only roman numerals or simple indices would work for me. Dial colour? Well, should be dark – blue, grey, brown or black. Leather strap? No way! Should be heavy metal…which is also one of my favourite musical tastes.
So without any further restrictions in thinking I looked around. A few watches caught my eye, including Omega DeVille, Zenith Espada, some JLC and GO models. But in the end, there were four remaining - the AP Royal Oak, the Girard Perregaux Laureato, IWC Ingenieur SL. And the VC Overseas.
Thinking and deciding
It took me some time then to decide. Each of these four had something going for it. I was leaning towards the VC, but the decision was not yet made. My dream finally came into fruition when I saw an offer I could not refuse: The “old” VC Overseas with blue dial in great condition. So I checked my bank account and bought it (from Italy) through the internet after doing some research on the seller.
The watch
It arrived within a few days after payment was made. The unpacking process was kind of, well, shall I say ‘nerve-racking’? It was a box in a box in a box… You get the picture?

It started like this:
  „My first VC“  

  „My first VC“  

Ooops - what's this? Just kidding - I'd taken this out before:
  „My first VC“  

This containing not just this
  „My first VC“  

but also...
  „My first VC“  

In the end the last box contained not only the original VC box and papers but also this beauty (sorry for my bad photographs – they definitely cannot do justice to the beauty of my 42042!)

  „My first VC“  

Finally, a wristshot:

  „My first VC“  

Some time later
The Overseas still works perfectly, losing about 1 to 2 seconds per day. It wears greatly – I love the bracelet with its refined locking mechanism. And the dial is wonderful in its simple, yet elegant style. But who am I talking to here… ;-)
If I had the money…
There would be one more member of the Overseas family I’d love to own: The blue dial Chronograph. This darn bug…! ;-))
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Re: „My first VC“
11/22/2012 - 15:02
Good job - a fellow rock/metal fan who started his VC collection with a nice Overseas............like your taste yes
11/23/2012 - 00:29
So who are your musical favourites?
Re: Bands?
11/23/2012 - 07:03
Geez...........where do I start?   I grew up on a diet of Van Halen and KISS and VH would be my all time favourite as you might notice from my avatar. But really everything from wimpy rock ( Foreigner,Toto,Journey) through to metal (testament) as long as it's "melodic" and shows some talent. There's a whole load of obscure bands I like that not many have heard of and most of them I'd call melodic rock - Talisman was one of my faves. Cheers, Brent
Wimpy rock? LOL interesting genre :-)
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11/23/2012 - 16:53
...it musn't be Motörhead all the time, does it? Tough...sometimes... Me, I'm into Metal and Prog Rock, sometimes the good old "NWOBHM" comes up (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, ...). And I like female fronted Metal a lot (Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil). Besides: these Metal ladies DO look hot... heart And I have to admit to be hangin' on to AC/DC. Keep it Metal, Wolfgang
Re: Well...
11/24/2012 - 15:19
Onya Wolfgang - named after Wolfgang Van Halen obviously cheekylaugh I like plenty of prog metal and also female fronted stuff.  Never really found Nightwish very consistent but hopefully they'll hang onto the gem they have filling in on vocals (Floor Jansen from After Forever).  She is wonderful.  Also like After Forever, Within temptation and actually a bit of old female fronted rock like Saraya , Robin Beck etc..............even the Aussie band Baby Animals. Prog/NWOBHM............I like Maiden but not as much as most , like Priest (some albums a lot more than others), Praying Mantis etc.......I suppose even early Def leppard counts. Proggy stuff?.............love (early) Dream Theater, Symphony X .......Queensryche etc... I could go on and on cheeky    Just finished digitizing my rock collection and moved into the 21st century............around 21,000 tracks which is small compared to some I know but still a job. Cheers Brent
Queensryche, DefLep.. Brings back great
11/24/2012 - 18:01
childhood memories:-) Among the newcomers not sure you can categorize them as metal but Two Galants and Cage The Elephant are pretty awsome !
Re: Queensryche, DefLep.. Brings back great
11/24/2012 - 21:42
"Mindcrime" is a classic - as is "Hysteria". But I love the sense of black humor shown on the front/back covers of "High *N' Dry"... devil So if these are childhood memories to you - well, I guess I'm still stuck in my Twen years... wink
Re: Re: Well...
11/24/2012 - 21:53
How'd you guess that? *lol* My parents were not the least interested in music, let alone Metal. That's my very own musical development. wink I'm still a Vinyl fan - so if you need to deploy some...I'll gladly send you my address... devil Dream Theater, Symphony X - we're talking real music here! Love that! You should give a listen to Arjen Lucassen/Ayreon ("The Human Equation" is a real masterpiece!) and Devin Townsend ("Epicloud"!!!). With Priest its most of the "British Steel" stuff I like. Floor is a great singer - could be a real good fit. They tried something different after Tarja (with her operatic voice she was kind of unique) and "Imaginaerum" is a lot better than its predecessor, but Floor could add some new spark. If they do some live gig here in Germany next year I'll try to join in and maybe do an interview...
here's something you guys might appreciate......
11/25/2012 - 08:24
Good to be amongst some fellow head bangers smiley    Here are some pics of my son's 21st birthday present - he's currently 4 yo LOL   So this won't be seeing the light of day for a looooong time , so I'll share it with you. A one of a kind , hand striped, dated and autographed guitar from the living room of a Mr Edward Van halen - also a photo of him playing it prior to signing in 2008. The "Atomic Punk" obviously references a song off their first album
A phenomenal gift!
11/25/2012 - 10:52
Wouldn't have thought...
11/26/2012 - 22:16
...there were Metal fans within the VC community. But it feels good I'm not the only one with a musical taste not set to "exclusively  Classical or Jazz"  around here. devil I guess his dad will take care of the precious guitar until the little man has grown up? wink It kind of resembles the guitar depicted on their first album... Hope Junior will appreciate this gigt when he's 21! yes
I read somewhere that metal fans had most creative minds! Re prog
11/28/2012 - 02:25
rock not to forget Marillion (especially Fish period) and if you are à Radiohead fan I will name you honorary life time big cheese on the Lounge :-)
Re: I read somewhere that metal fans had most creative minds! Re prog
11/28/2012 - 04:00
We were all in full agreement until you posted that Alex LOL.    The lighter prog rock (Marillion, spocks Beard etc..) sends me to sleep and anything remotely "modern" sounding usually (not always) does zero for me.  Radiohead would fit in that category. I'll apply for honorary lifetime deputy cheese though.
OK then back to Motorhead :-)
11/28/2012 - 10:38
As Brent will tell you, you're in trouble as
11/22/2012 - 15:05
you never stop at your 1st VC cool May it time only happy moments and thanks for the write up
Very kind of you
11/23/2012 - 00:32
...to put it that way. So "Once VC, always VC"? Well... angel
Re: „My first VC“
11/22/2012 - 17:01
congratulations sir on acquiring a fine timepiece wear it in the best of health
Re: Re: „My first VC“
11/22/2012 - 17:05
Thanks! I'm wearing it in this very moment as there is not time enough to wear an inferior watch - at least in my opinion...
Great piece
11/22/2012 - 20:25
Congratulations - enjoy it while you plot/plan for your next VC angel  Nice to have the original box and chronometer certificate as well yes.
Re: Great piece
11/23/2012 - 00:27
Thanks! I was looking for the complete package and found myself lucky. Anything from paperwork to box was included. Plan for the next one? Well, I'll have to save for quite a while, so this will not happen too early. But as Mr. Bond once stated: "Never say Never"... angeldevil
Well, my favorite Bond quote
11/23/2012 - 00:57
didn't come from the lips of Sean Connery but was in Goldfinger, when Pussy Galore asks, "You like close shaves, don't you?" devil
11/23/2012 - 11:38
Well, I like this quote: Bond: Do you expect me to talk? Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!devil
"I've a feelin' it won't be your last!"...
11/22/2012 - 21:25
My friend, it is as clear as the white driven snow that your eye served you wellyes. Not only have you found something very special your passion is shared by a wonderful fellowship of Loungers. Your photographs (not bad either!) carry a great warmth and excitement as each package is tackledcheeky. A very warm welcome to The Hour Lounge and the start of a super VC journey. You'll be in good company! Best wishes Tony
11/23/2012 - 00:21
That is one of my fears, to feel the need for another one - as I am not the type of person to be happy with less evermore... But for now I simply love the understatemental Elegance of this great watch. Right now from what I have read it seems to be a very happy and knowledgeable bunch of guys here... yes
Re: „My first VC“
11/22/2012 - 22:58
Congratulations. Great watch. I recently purchased my first VC and I have the bug as well. All the best
Re: Re: „My first VC“
11/23/2012 - 00:15
Same to you! Thanks - if only my earnings were up to the level of my taste in watches... crying