Case for 466 movement - any suggestions appreciated!

Hello und good evening, I have been a secret admirer of the brand Vacheron Constantin and especially of this forum for quite a while. My wife, knowing about my taste, gave me a V&C movement last week as a birthday present. I am now looking for a case. The movement is a cal. 466, and the dial measures about 28,5 mm. Since my local jeweler here in the bay area was not able to find an adequate case I am now asking the experts: Were would it be possible to find a matching case? Or is there a modern movement the case of which would fit? Any suggestions how to proceed are sincerely appreciated. Thank you Martin
Get your micrometer and go hunting...
03/23/2011 - 00:41
Cal. 466 Description: 9” calibre Overall Height: 4.15mm Casing Diameter: 20.60mm
yikes! not sure you will find a case and I'm not sure I have ever seen
03/23/2011 - 11:13
one! One solution would be to have one made
A growing problem...
03/23/2011 - 16:53

Worldwide, vintage watch inventories are being decimated by high gold prices and many wonderful movements are now left orphaned.  Although this situation provides a good source of spare parts for now, the idea of re-casing these watch movements in modern steel bodies, even vintage-style reproductions, may be an idea just waiting to happen.  That has been the trend, in a small way, for pocket watch movements re-cased as oversized wrist watches. Martin, you have two practical but unpleasant alternatives.  You can try to locate another vintage V&C model with a damaged caliber 466 movement for a swap-out (you may also need the dial), or locate another brand with a similar 9 ligne "thick" caliber and machine an aluminum holder if necessary.  I don't recall the base JLC ebauche for the 466, but that may be a source.  Either will prove difficult .

Re: A growing problem...
03/25/2011 - 11:50
Yes right, but this happened several time before. It is a good opportunity to acquire wonderfull mouvments at low price. I have several old pocket watch mouvments "à fusée". Even one with cord. I hope to get a tourbillon mouvment at low, low price. I can dream !
Just need to be careful...
03/25/2011 - 15:42
Sounds like a great idea to collect unusual movements...can you show us how you display them?  As you mentioned, the price of gold has spiked several times in the past, resulting in orphaned movements.  Here in North America, the Great Depression took a huge toll on pocket watches and now the vintage collector needs to be careful.  With many contract cases and private label watches already confusing the situation, re-cased V&C movements are often found in rolled gold, plated or silver cases.   Here is a very pretty example... Ah, but here is the problem... If these pieces were appropriately valued, they would be great to collect.  Unfortunately, with V&C on the dial they are usually marketed as legit and priced accordingly .
Custom case makers
03/24/2011 - 03:37
I would agree that you will need to have a case made for it. Try to find one who can use the dial you have and you then will have to source a good set of hands and crown. Not an easy task.
Re: Case for 466 movement - any suggestions appreciated!
03/24/2011 - 21:31
Thank you to all! It seems such a barbaric act to orphan a movement only to satisfy one's blind greed for gold. Martin
Hi Martin, I don't know if this helps...
03/25/2011 - 03:01
but here are a couple of pictures of a watch I have with a cal 466/3b inside ( the /3b doesn't change the dimensions of the movement, so size should be identical). The watch itself is 34mm diameter, but you will notice the spacer used.  This may provide some guidance if your looking for a custom made case, or are lucky enough to find an existing case. Good luck in your search!  These pictures are before full service from VC, which included replacing the crystal with a properly shaped one - resulting in the numbers/hour markers not looking distorted. Best Regards, Dan notice the internal back cover for the movement
466 Movement
03/25/2011 - 06:54
Dan, thank you for the pictures - beautiful watch. It gives me an impression of what I will be looking for. Martin