surfing the web, I found a 222 for sale in the States, on a notorius auction web-site. I'm not sure policies and laws allow me to publish the picture of this dial and so, I won't, but it's a very interesting topic to discuss for the following reasons.
This dial has a graphic ( the writing of both: "automatic" and "Vacheron Constantin") I've never seen, it looks more compressed than the original one; more, the Swiss at six is accompanied at its sides by the sigma symbol for the Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de l'Or (Aprior) we all know. I've never seen a sigma dial on a ref. 222 but there are evidences it was used for at least one version/model, the ref 44518/415 as shown in this official document.
The calendar discus looks original although numbers look a little rough (due to the picture perhaps). The watch was serviced in the recent past by the Maison itself.
The dial looks clearly not coeval to the watch to my thinking but it doesn't mean it has been reprinted, it could be simply a supplied dial, produced in the very early years after the watch was born. For instance, ref. 222 square model do bear the sigma dial. On the other side, it's not easy to explain why VC had to change the clichès used to print the original dials only after few years since the debut of this reference. Maybe it's just recent supply. Was the accent over the "E" of Genève still adopted in the original, supplied dials?
I'd like to see the dial in metal, a close inspection would probably solve the mistery but I can't and so I ask for your opinion.
I would really like to read your comments and argumentations about this dial and watch. For those willing to give it a try, I don't think it's necessary for me to provide more info about the site which is currently hosting the auction.
Please consider I'm not interested to this watch or to its sale etc. this topic is very interesting to me, to bring under the loupe the history of the reference and its evolution, supplied dials included.
Alex, if you think this post is not appropriate or somehow hard to manage, please delete it.