After reading Radek's earlier post, I just remembered being able to get a side-by-side photo of the employee's 250th anniversary model (top) and my Boutique model (bottom), courtesy of Mr. Udaka of VC, Japan.
We had always talked about the elusive employees anniversary model but this was the first time I got to see it in the flesh. I asked Mr. Udaka to show me the watch several times, but since it was not available for sale, he could never wear it during the local watch fairs where showing off the regular models was the order of the day.
Another good thing to come out of my THL SIHH visit was getting to meet Mr. Udaka away from the usual fairs back home, so he could wear the watch at last (In fact, a lady VC-Japan employee was wearing the Ladies 1972 in rose gold with black dial..equally stunning actually).
(scan taken from an earlier post by Alex)
I could be wrong, but the 40mm employees model (ref. 91180) is powered by a cal. 1017 (JLC 822 based; 21 jewels; 21,600vph). The dates "1755-2005" are inscribed discretely at 12 o'clock, and the backside is numbered (so VC can tell which employee is selling his watch at ebay!).
Both watches are equally handsome. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the owners...
As you can see from the next shot, the dapper Mr. Udaka (right), wins this comparo hands down!