When I was on the outside looking in 3 months ago (not just outside the VC family, but completely new to fine watches), it was one of the first things I noticed about VC. A quick survey of the market showed a stunning lack of recent vintage VCs available. It was quite frustrating since my favorite pick was the discontinued Patrimony Ultra Thin (33093), which I was unsuccessful in finding. In the process, though, I stumbled across another watch that spoke to me, the Patrimony Traditionnelle self-winding date (87172), being offered by a local private seller. Even though I had been intending to buy new (started looking for preowned watches only because the one I wanted was completely unavailable new), given the rarity of recent vintage VC dress watches on the market and the very favorable price (to the buyer) of preowned VCs, I jumped on the opportunity to get that one.
This frustrating secondhand market was actually a big draw for me. Comparing a certain watch-oriented website's community listings, the first page of VC listings stretches back an order of magnitude further in time than the first page of PP listings. Sure, PP sells more watches, but not an order of magnitude more. Factor out the relatively available Overseas models, and recent vintage preowned VC dress watches are a rarity. Simple math told me that the owner of a new-ish VC dress watch is holding on to it (on average) a lot longer than the owner of a comparable PP dress watch. If that doesn't say "desirable", I don't know what does.
Going back to the Ultra Thin, I keep looking for one, but haven't even found one available, much less one in the color and dial style that I want, with papers/boxes, and at an agreeable price. I'll keep on looking, though... one's bound to show up eventually.