chronograph mid 40

Hello everyone, i was about to buy a watch on the internet, but was not 100% positive about its authenticity.
It is a 35mm mid 40's chronograph in rose gold from vacheron and constantin. 
i am attaching pictures to this message.

 


For now i have gathered these informations :

the movement is probably a valjoux 23 (they seem to have been used by v&c since 1938)

the serial number on the movement is correct for a mid 40 watch

the VXN sign means it was a watch imported to be sold on the US

 

The doubts i have are the followings :

-first, i never saw a dial with these types of numbers, and it just seems too clean for its age.

-on the movement, the vacheron & constantin signature is behind some wheels, quite hard to read, is it something v&c used to do back then? Seems odd.

-on the back case, the serial number only have 4 digits when it is supposed to have 6, right?

 

That is all the info i have, can you please help me to solve the mistery of its authenticity?
I went to vacheron & constantin shop in paris with these pics and they were not able to give me a 100% sure answer but were doubtfull too.

Besides if you believe it is an original, can you advise me on a right price to buy it?

Thanks a lot.


Jonas 

 

 

02/14/2016 - 10:33
02/14/2016 - 13:11
POS
02/14/2016 - 17:58
02/14/2016 - 18:21
02/14/2016 - 18:35
Re: chronograph mid 40
02/14/2016 - 13:11

Hi Jonas

Wait for a more expert opinion but it looks 'wrong' to my eye.

If you must buy on-line, I strongly suggest that you only buy watches from reputable jewellery stores; even then, check out the company to make sure they have a brick and mortar building or, better still, buildings.

Yes, it will cost a little more, but you will know that you are getting what you are paying for.

However, having said that, you were wise to run it past this forum first.

Dave

POS
02/14/2016 - 17:58

Glad to stopped by here first.  Vintage V&C chronographs are too often faked and, in this case, its a fiction from top to bottom. 

Even the bigger retailers and auction houses can pass more subtle fakes.  This one OTOH isn't even a franken, blantantly made to deceive broken heart.

Re: POS
02/14/2016 - 18:21

Thanks you guys for your answers, can you please explain though what details make you sure it is a fake?Thanks a lot.

 

Jonas

Why?
02/14/2016 - 18:35

Of course your question is expected, but the info is out there for a diligent collector.  There are major problems with the dial, case, and movement.  You've already noted the improper case number, and there is another tell-tale with that component.  The dial has an obvious flaw (from what can be seen), and the movement has a couple of problems.  These can all be identified by comparing with legitimate examples.  Others may provide the answers, but I'll be most happy to respond to your observations.