The question always coming back, is why it's so exspensive to get a certificate from VC.

Nico wrote nearly in despair :-), "But you got free repairs!! ".

Yes I did, but it wasn't a vintage watch, it was a

15 months old new bought DTR.

Nobody would get a free reapair on a vintage watch!

The answer to the question where one can get a vintage watch serviced/repaired,

must be, first Vacheron Constantin, second, if you know a very skilled watchmaker,

who constantly services or reapairs vintage VC's.

The price is high for a certificate, but also the costs for VC.

They have as the only brand decided that they not issue a certificate,

without having it physically, and going through the watch.

Then the cerificate is issued, with a photograph of the watch,

hand written and signed.

I once was offered a very rare V&C monopusher at a quite substantial price.

I than demanded that the dealer should send it to Vacheron Constantin for a certificate.

Everything was believed by both the dealer and me to be OK,

but when Vacheron examined it, it showed up to be a marriage,

which means that the case was VC and the movement was VC, but they were not born together.

So suddenly it wasn't a Vacheron&Constantin any longer, and no cerificate were issused!

It saved me a lot of money, and in such a case,

the certificate/examination suddenly became cheap :-)

Here is an example from The Quarter of Millennium Auction at Aniquorum,

of a watch and a certificate.




So, if you really are intersted, it's a unique, but a little bit exspensive certificate,

that on the other hand, will add value to your vintage watch.



agree, see my reply to Victor K's post (nt)
05/11/2007 - 18:39


Yes I did :-) (nt)
05/11/2007 - 20:40


Re: agree, see my reply to Victor K's post (nt)
05/11/2007 - 22:27

Hi Alex,

How long would it take to get a C of A?

If I were to drop a vintage piece off at the Boutique in Geneve, or at the Manufacture (although i'm not sure where I should take it), could it be done in a few days?



there's no specific rule, it depends on age and rarity of the
05/11/2007 - 23:31

watch. What I suggest is you call the Maison with ref, case and movement number before arrival and drop the watch off and ask them to have the certificate ready before you leave Geneva.

That's what I would do. Good advice (nt)
05/12/2007 - 10:07


I'll be getting one!!
05/14/2007 - 22:02

Well, when I get my watch back from service. I am pretty sure that it is a "real" VC as I had sent prior to purchase the movement and case numbers to VC and they told me it was made in 1960. So no bad surprises there for me (I hope).

I think if you like the watch, this is definitely something to be done, as it puts more "reality" to the watch and its history, gives it less of a something-that-just-dropped-out-of-the-sky feeling.  

Btw, that is a wicked watch you have :-)