Could you help?

Please can you help me?

I recently inherited my grandfathers V&C which has been locked away and hasn't seen the light of day for 20 years.  Is it possible to tell the model of the watch without taking the back off?

Also, I believe the watch was made in the early 1950's and I am looking for a valuation for insurance purposes so can anyone point me in the right direction of a reputable valuer based in London?

Many thanks for any help.

James please post some pictures.
03/29/2010 - 14:47
Preferably of the watch.
Re: James please post some pictures.
03/29/2010 - 15:16
Hi George, No problem - i'll take some pics (of the watch lol) tonight and upload them at work. By the way, apologies to the regulars and mods - having looked through some posts I now realise that my post was not very helpful and lacks crucial information! Another question though - the face looks like it could do with being cleaned and the glass is lightly scratched (not surprising seeing it's age and that it was my grandfathers daily watch!) so should I get the face cleaned and the glass replaced or is it more valuable to keep the original glass even though it's lightly scratched? Also, he replaced the leather strap for a gold bracelet - is it worth replacing the gold bracelet with an original V&C leather strap or would that not matter? The reason i'm asking about value is that, although I dont want to sell it as it's my grandfathers, I have a colleague who collects V&C and Patek and has made me an offer - the watch is not really my "cup of tea" as i'm not into gold and I have a Submariner that I wear daily and a Tank Americaine for best - but the offer was very low in my opinion so i'm really trying to find out its true value! On another note, I couldn't believe that the watch works perfectly even after being in a safety box for 20 years - I only wound it lightly 3 times and it ran for over 24 hours - amazing quality! Thanks again and I promise to upload some photos tomorrow! James
you need to take the back off for the ref number: In London there
03/29/2010 - 15:09
are some good vintage dealers in Piccadilly and Burlington arcades
you need to take the back off for the ref number: In London there
03/29/2010 - 15:10
are some good vintage dealers in Piccadilly and Burlington arcades
Re: you need to take the back off for the ref number: In London there
03/29/2010 - 15:31
Hi Alex, I dont want to damage the case - is it possible to take the back off without specialist tools or do I have to take it to a jeweller? Thanks again, James
Re: Re: you need to take the back off for the ref number: In London there
03/29/2010 - 19:23
Hi again! I took the watch into a jeweller to take the back off - he gushed over the watch and said he hadn't had a V&C in his hands for years - I think he wanted to keep it lol - the movement is beautiful and to actually see rubies used as well is simply wonderful - I really think I want to keep this now :O) he gave me a little more info ... the crown has been replaced (shame) and the bracelet is not original either as it's only 9k and not stamped V&C at all (it does have some of my grandfathers dna in there so that makes up for it lol!) but we knew it wasnt original as he is wearing the watch in my parents wedding photos and it has a dark leather strap - my mum has an idea that the strap and box for the watch are in her loft somewhere (remember the end scene of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" with all the crates - well, that's not even close to the amount of boxes in her loft lol!) and that the strap is in good condition and he only changed it to be "flash" the capital "T" in the hallmark makes it 1954 and the curved lugs are more desirable than straight anyway, some pics to help the experts ... does anyone have a clue as to its value - I wont hold you to it!
This is a real beauty you have James...
03/30/2010 - 18:42
James, I would certainly try to find the box, strap, and papers that came with the watch for this will add to the value of the watch; plus it is just nice to have everything included to make it complete. You can check the Antiquorum auction website to find values for your watch. This is usually a great way to get an idea of what it is worth. Personally, I would put the original strap back on, I think it would make this beautiful watch even more appealing. Best, Mike
gorgeous watch and in absolutely pristine condition, I haven't seen
03/31/2010 - 18:45
one like this at auction recently so can't comment on value, the best would be to take it to a vintage dealer for a quote or to an auction house for valuation
Very nice watch but the hallmarks is not from London or
03/31/2010 - 22:40
any other English town as I can see. Correct me I'm wrong. Here is a hallmark from London from 1939 and they looked the same except the letter D in this case until 1975. But have a look at the symbol after 750 and you see it differs from yours. Here is a link to UK hallmarks Cheers Doc