222 Replacement Links - Steel/Gold

To all,


Just picked up a 34 mm 222 with gold/stainless steel bracelet.  Watch is fantastic, Only one problem, and it is the opposite of what I was expecting.  I have a very slender wrist.  Every time I get a watch, it is questionable if they can shorten it up enough to fit my wrist.  In this instance, got the watch and in fact it is too small, so I have to lengthen the bracelet.  To that end, I plan on seeing my local VC shop here.  Before I go in, I just wanted to ask those more knowledgable than myself if they have had to add lengths and what it wound up costing, etc.



If they have the links it shouldn't cost too much. Price may escalade if they have
08/05/2016 - 11:44

to make the links specially for you

Re: If they have the links it shouldn't cost too much. Price may escalade if they have
08/06/2016 - 00:46

Thanks for the continued responses to others on this site.  It appears that service requests are sent back to Switzerland.  When others have sent their pieces in, how long does it take to get them back?  I am hearing 12 months from the dealer here, but can't believe that.  I could see two or three weeks to get an estimate.  Of course, depending on what is to be done the amount of time can vary.  In general, how long is an "average" service request?

I think your situation may be different
08/06/2016 - 04:28

If you are just looking for an extra bracelet link, I would expect the turnaround time to be much shorter.

Your dealer and my experience are close.  For the past few years, every vintage watch that needs to be serviced in Geneva....the stated time is 48 weeks.  It is much faster if the service work can be done in-country (usually when a movement is currently still in production).


Re: I think your situation may be different
08/06/2016 - 17:33



Many thanks for answering the question.  I will report back once I have an estimate to let others know what the turn around time is.



Re: Re: I think your situation may be different
02/20/2017 - 22:28

To all,


Well to my surprise, the watch came back a couple of weeks ago.  New links were manufactured.  I was going to put some photos for all to see.  After waiting since August, I was excited to say the least.  Unfortunately, the overhaul that was ordered made the watch (mechanically) come back in a worse condition than was sent out.  After only a week of wearing, the power reserve on the watch is essentially non-existent.  4 hours max.   The watch also just likes to stop on its own, and then some hours later, start up again.


Anybody have similar experiences with their overhaul coming back with less than optimum results?  After all of this time waiting for my first Vacheron, to say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.




Sorry to hear about this
02/21/2017 - 02:09

I can't say it has never happened, but I accept it as part of dealing with complicated mechanical machines.

Your watch has a 1-year warranty from VC after service/maintenance has been completed.  I would contact VC immediately and send the watch back for them to correct all issues.  They usually rush this type of work through so you do not have to wait as long.

It is extremely frustrating, but I expect it will be properly remedied.

Re: Sorry to hear about this
03/02/2017 - 07:02


Thanks for the information.  They took it back and are looking at it.  My opinion is that it has to do with the power reserve on the watch.  Will let everyone know the outcome of the situation.  I should have gotten frequent flier miles for my watch.