Could this be the grandfather of the Overseas?

The general consensus is that the Overseas models were inspired by VC's first "sports" watch the legendary 222 launched in the mid 70s and designed by design icon Gerald Genta.

However, have a closer look at this model dating from 1933: one of Vacheron Constantin's first steel models as well as the brands first ever water resistant model, both the back and the bezzel being screwed on the case. Its this particular form of the bezzel which most probably inspired Genta for the 222 and the VC design team for the Overseas.

Could this be the grandfather of the Overseas?

Fascinating, thank you for sharing Alex (nt)
07/11/2007 - 00:30


very intriguing geometry, the dial and hands combination.............
07/11/2007 - 03:46

will make a beautiful classic chronograph if VC extended this range with a chronograph, or did they?  interesting and thanks.

I'm not aware of a chronograph version, however in the late 50s VC did
07/11/2007 - 12:42

launch a water resistant chrono ref 6087. Only 28 were made and for me  this watch is one of the most beautiful chronos of all time!!


Really a beautiful chronograph
07/11/2007 - 13:20
and to me it looks like a predecessor to the Malte Manual Chronograph - one of my favorite current VC models. By the way which one do you prefer RG or WG?
I'm pretty biased towards rose gold cases in general. With the Malte
07/11/2007 - 13:40

Chrono I find the  guillochage to stand out more with the rose gold case.

The Malte Chrono is a watch I have come to appreciate with time. I used to hate it in the begining, I found it too big, I didn't like the round pushers and most of all because of the Malte Chrono the iconic Chronographe Historique had been stopped and that was definately a crime !!

The Platinum Excellence Malte Chrono finally won me over to a point where for me it is one of the most beautiful current chronos on the market!

and because of that bias towards RG you got
07/11/2007 - 17:48
that killer combo Patrimony boutiqe... ;-)
Yup :-) (nt)
07/11/2007 - 17:57


not as avant garde as the one above but WOW !!! nt.
07/11/2007 - 14:09


a couple of other vintage chronos
07/11/2007 - 14:38

I really like these two as well:

Ref 4178

Ref 4072

very nice pieces, Alex nt.
07/11/2007 - 17:58
Vintage VC chronographs are some of the most interesting design
07/11/2007 - 18:23

wise. here are a few more:

Monopusher from late 20s (scan courtesy of Antiquorum)

Hooded lugs from the 40s (scan coursesy of Antiquorum)

Cushion from 30s

drop dead gorgeous!! all of them!!!!! (nt)
07/11/2007 - 23:54


Interesting to know. I find the design of the watch to be very
07/11/2007 - 13:16

modern for a watch more than 70 years old!

Cool :-)
07/11/2007 - 17:44


Very insteresting design...
07/11/2007 - 19:10

The bezel actually reminds me a bit of the bezel on older GP Laureato watches.  I also find the use of Roman numerals (and no luminescence) kind of interesting on a sport watch.  Any idea when VC started using luminous markings on some of their watches? 

Were there other "sport watches" from VC that bridge the gap in time between the watch from 1933 and the 222 which arrive in the 1970's?   I have always liked the 222 and felt it was an understated and under-appreciated watch when compared to the R.O. and the Nautilus.

Best regards,


Hi Dino, I think the whole concept of a "leisure" watch was
07/11/2007 - 19:22

launched in 1972 by Audemars Piguet and the launch of the Royal Oak. Of course there were "professional" watches such as the Submariner or the Speedmaster but nothing from the Big Three until the 70s.

Thanks Alex...
07/11/2007 - 23:33

Thanks for confirming there weren't really other leisure watches from the big 3 until the 1970's.  I didn't think there were any other luxury sport watches until the 1970's, as most vintage watches I have seen from the big three that are from the 40's, 50's and 60's all seem to be dress watches.  Still that watch you posted a picture of from the 1930's is an interesting part of VC's past.   Thanks again.

Best regards,


Great post Alex,
09/14/2008 - 19:49
and the steel version confirms it's sporting intentions even more!  I'd say there is a strong nautical feeling to the overall design - a real dreadnought Thanks for the name of GP's Laureato designer...or should I say copyist?  I owned a Laureato but gave it up in trade although I'm still fond of the model.  The cal. 3100 movement was a bit delicate (and the bracelet was a hair-puller) so I'm very impressed with VC's tuning for the Overseas versions 'cause we know they are reliable! PS...I sent an email to Antiquorum in Geneve for that 1994 price list.  If there is interest, and I get a reply, I can post it here.