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.