Chronomètre Royal

Almost two years ago, in a quest for a Vacheron Constantin and after reading chronomètre royal history and its flamboyance wink, i purchased this ref 4907 little beauty.

Chronomètre Royal

As far as you can see, the dial had some spots between 12 and 3 oclock. The more i thought about it, the more i was frustated and decided to get it as it was originally (or at least as close as it could be).

Therefore, let's go Vintage and Super Vintage Service Après vente.

After a few months, on a so wellknown typical winter sunshine geneve weather (but remenber you have to look through the Stratus), at the VC building,
Chronomètre Royal

few corridors later
Chronomètre Royal

direction SAV Vintage and Supervintage (here it is)
Chronomètre Royal

here is the delivery of my "brand new" chronomètre Royal

Chronomètre Royal

Vintage SAV watchmakers made a wonderful job. Many thanks to them.yesyes

Pure subjective reasons for my choice are :

- The quintesence of a pure and simple dial
Chronomètre Royal

However everything is in the detail. Aiguille's Lengths are just perfect. fine beveled indexes and applied VC logo.

Behind the dial, there is presence of extra space for the anti shock placed just below on the movement
Chronomètre Royal

- Movement completely fill the case and is beautifully finished.

A funny detail. Is this watch the only poincon de geneve watch having a ressort fil ? If  yes, make it more unique, isn't it ?

- A contemporaine look, even with a "small" 35 mm diameter, thanks to the horns looking like Peter Speake Marin's
Chronomètre Royal

which is not so true sideview.

Chronomètre Royal

Now mounted on a black crocodile strap, it has also a rare old 16mm signed AW gold eagle's beak ardillon buckle

Chronomètre Royal

Chronomètre Royal

Taking advantage of the new extrait des archives service, i know that my little beauty just reached 60

Chronomètre Royal
look geat for this age, so back to its first day (in black and white)

Chronomètre Royal

Thank you for reading,


ps : Last reason for choosing this chronometre royal and not the least, it is A Vacheron Constantin watch wink

02/09/2013 - 19:04
02/10/2013 - 00:43
02/10/2013 - 17:20
02/11/2013 - 23:18
02/11/2013 - 23:39
02/14/2013 - 02:57
LOL, you mean a Vacheron "&" Constantin ;-)
02/09/2013 - 19:35
Thank-you so much for sharing your restoration process with us yes.  Nice to see how the dial was brought back to new!  The under-dial pic was especially appreciated, and kudos to you for finding a period-correct buckle.  Welcome to the & Club heart.
Lol, you definitly are a "Mono & Maniac" V&C.
02/11/2013 - 23:14
aficionado ;) By the way, at what occasion Vacheron & Constantin became Vacheron Constantin. Sorry for this question rudimentaire.
1819 to 1974 (nt)
02/12/2013 - 00:42
02/10/2013 - 00:43
What a great choice and one I would certainly make myself (but my hunt for a good CR continues) Congratulations
Great catch and excellent article. I find this watch
02/10/2013 - 05:19
to be in the "classic" group and really something special. It is also older than I, making it true vintage! Thanks for sharing. Best, Tim
Re: Chronomètre Royal
02/10/2013 - 17:20
They did a fantastic job. It looks spectacular! Congratulations. Wear it in good health. Joseph
Wow, that came back looking brand new!
02/10/2013 - 19:52
You must be very happy!  VC did an amazing job cleaning that CR up.  And you got one of the new Extracts from the Archives! It sounds like the process was very enjoyable for you as well.  There are so many details I love about your watch.  One of the things I admire about VCs and V&Cs both is that even with a simple time-only piece like yours, therer is much to study and appreciate over time.  Simple is never quite simple when it comes to Vacheron Constantin, is it?  Would you happen to have any pics of the movement? I love the B & W photo at the end of your post.  Very beautiful! Best, Robert 
scan of cal on mine
02/11/2013 - 16:20
Re: scan of cal on mine
02/11/2013 - 23:22
Beautiful!! Is this the Historique 1907 which got a 39mm case? May I see the front pleeeeeease? : )
its the movement in the Chronometre Royal fenndalton posted so its
02/12/2013 - 10:08
a vintage cal :-)
Re: its the movement in the Chronometre Royal fenndalton posted so its
02/13/2013 - 01:04
Thanks, I have checked the photos in a 2007 thread, you are (have been : ) right, even without the rotor in the current scan, the two movements look different from the back.
Thank you
02/11/2013 - 23:27
Alexandre for this scan. The pictures of the movement i made, are unfortunatly unfocused. I am not à great photographe. I also wondered, if we could say that this watch i monobloc ? It seems that the movement is moved thought the dial. Is that correct ?
what do you mean by monobloc?
02/12/2013 - 10:09
Re: what do you mean by monobloc?
02/12/2013 - 18:04
That the movement is pulled out through the dial side and not the caseback side. Just like the AP Royal Oak.  
no its not a monobloc case as if it were you could not
02/12/2013 - 18:44
open the case back. The movement is fitted in through the back of the case
those two wrist shots are achingly beautiful!
02/11/2013 - 10:50
Re: Chronomètre Royal
02/11/2013 - 11:23
That is the most amazing transformation of what was a rather uninteresting tired looking watch into something of timeless elegance. Lucky you !
Trying to send a CR cousin picture
02/11/2013 - 14:37
better than what I did in a recent past: The bracelet makes it a bit "bling-bling" or Sarkozy post-Carlita period... Love to all V&C fashionistas !
Bling is king!
02/11/2013 - 14:58
I love this combination Berny!
02/14/2013 - 03:00
You did really well in matching that luxurious bracelet with a guillochage dial!  heart
You killed me once again ! :)
02/11/2013 - 16:10
And Berny is the icing on the cake ! Francois
You will killed softly
02/11/2013 - 23:18
François, i think you will see this CR numerous times. Be prepared :)
Re: You will killed softly
02/12/2013 - 12:24
I remember the concert
02/13/2013 - 02:08
That brought back memories heart.  Still one of the best singers ever - Whitney came close broken heart.  Berny, your CR with guilloche dial and bracelet is one of my favorites!! 
I like the Fugees version just because I find Lauryn Hill to be sooooo
02/13/2013 - 12:20
talented and gorgeousdevilheart
You are sooooo mean :D
02/13/2013 - 11:21
Yeah baby yeah, Mean is my middle name :)
02/13/2013 - 12:20
i would rather say that i am happy smiley
Emmanuel, you've alot to be pleased about!...
02/11/2013 - 21:13
A super result by V '&' C...  yes Best wishes Tony 
Re: Chronomètre Royal
02/11/2013 - 23:18
Congrats! You literally got a new watch : )
Thank you all for
02/11/2013 - 23:39
Your nice comments. This "brand new" chronometre will be weared in good health. How come this watch equiped with a ressort fil (making the balance stop once the crown pulled) could be certified poinçon de geneve ?
there is no wire spring but a hacking mechanism (nt)
02/12/2013 - 10:13
A Beautiful CR!
02/14/2013 - 02:57
Always late, but will never miss a CR party. Chronometre Royales are possibly my favorite VCs.  They did a fabulous job of restoring yours!  yes Here is a picture of a cousin, from 1955.  It uses the same cal 1007/BS movement that Alex posted.  (the sub-seconds version vs. the center seconds cal 1008/BS in your CR). Wear your's well, it looks great! Best Regards, Dan
gorgeous wrist shots! (nt)
02/14/2013 - 16:16