Cal. 1096 ?

This odd JLC ebauche appeared in a few VC watches, inlcuding a square-case Chronometre Royal.  I'm wondering if anyone has knowledge on the technical merits of this movement?  Any idea on the numbers used by VC and it's relative rarity?

Cal. 1096 ?

a rather unattractive caliber if there was one. cal 1096 is
05/04/2008 - 01:36

based on JLC cal 906 (launched in the 70s and used in few models)

VC modified the JLC base by adding a hacking seconds and replaced the plastic parts with steel ones:

The VC cal 1096 was used in the ref 2215 which you mentioned (a rectangular Chronometre Royal) and the ref 42011 (scan courtesy of Antiquorum). I need to check if other references also used this caliber.

Thanks Alex, JLC reference helps...
05/04/2008 - 02:53

From a google search, the JLC movement had these specs:

Caliber: 906, hack, 28800 vph, 21 jewels, certified chronometer. Date of manufacture: 1974

Seems it was constructed as a chronometer movement, which implies inherent timekeeping qualities. 

Just not aesthetic ones

Many times you should be happy,
05/04/2008 - 15:43

as it was until quite recently, when the caseback was in gold and not sapphire

I mean, look at this beautiful, late Medicus,

And then at the back, which is terrible !

I always wondered why they put a sapphire to show this, a terrible cheap movement,

which is a workhorse and is the same as in the Omega Speedmaster,

but at least on the the Speedy,

you don't have to see the movement....



Geez, a Lemania 1872 in a Vacheron?
05/04/2008 - 19:34

OK, that is a bit disappointing, as hundreds of other models share this movement and cost much less

I used to own the Medicus in Doc's post for some time and the movement
05/04/2008 - 19:43

finish was pretty good but having a non comumn wheel chrono movement was just not up to par with what you could expect from VC

would it be ok if it's in gold and not sapphire for the loungers?.....
05/05/2008 - 02:05

personally, it will haunt me.

A lousy movement in a great case doesn't change anything for
05/05/2008 - 11:59

me. Even if the movement was hid from view I would still know its in there and still a no no for me.

ditto! NT
05/05/2008 - 16:32