The details...

I've had this Gen. 1 OS chronograph for several years now and I've always liked the way the 2-tone dial can look quite different depending on the lighting (from having the silver and white looking almost as one color to a very dramatic difference between light and dark).

But I had never noticed that the white, outside ring, and the sub-dials have matching circular ridges to them.

(this is what I normally see when I look at the watch):

The details...


This is what I discover when playing with my watch smiley:

(You can see the ridges in the sub-dial at up at the 12 o'clock position near the "60")

The details...


Have a great day everybody, from a person that loves the details!

That's pretty cool:-)
03/15/2015 - 10:40


Re: That's pretty cool:-)
03/15/2015 - 13:53

It's a bit like the fish-scale pattern on my OS that can only be seen in artifial light. A friend noticed it one day and was surprised when I told her I'd never seen it before.

Post a picture of the fishscales here if you can :-)
03/16/2015 - 02:14

I've seen it, so I know what you mean!

Re: Post a picture of the fishscales here if you can :-)
03/16/2015 - 17:15

I've tried to take a good clear photo of the pattern on my watch with my iPad Air - they are all blurry and I've come to the conclusion I will never be a photographer. 

Devil is in the detail :-P
03/15/2015 - 13:43

We share the same wicked passion for details and for this model also; whatever the reference, I can't stop keeping my breath anytime I see it, simply can't get used to its beauty.

Bravo Dan and thank you! yes

Nice observation
03/16/2015 - 12:57

And a great point.  It is these details that sometimes go unnoticed that really seem to make all the difference. It is also something at which VC truly are masters.

I happen to have a passable photo of the OS DT face that may have the "fishscaling" visible.  Hopefully you will be able to see it at the resolution the site will convert to.  I don't have a great Macro kit like SOME PEOPLE!

Nice observation


There are also some other details on this dial I like.  The mirror finish on the power reserve indicator, for one.

We love the details...
03/16/2015 - 13:26

...don't we, Dan?  ;-)

Nice that we may continue to discover details even after a long time with any given Vacheron Constantin watch, no?


Best regards,




Re: We love the details...
03/16/2015 - 18:26

Speaking of details, does anyone else have a problem with binding metal bracelets?

It's a bit like one of those Chinese puzzles: the thing gets caught up in a seemlingly impossible position almost effortlessly but then, getting the thing straighted out again is often quite difficult.

Is that why most of the watches I see here don't have metal bracelets? ;-)


Re: Re: We love the details...
03/16/2015 - 23:45

This photo actually shows two patterns. One is the 'fish scale' pattern and one is a kind of 'tweed' pattern in the shaded part of the watch nearer the top.  

I know the Gen 1 OS bracelet will kink on occassion
03/16/2015 - 23:57

but it has always been quite easy to un-kink it (with the watch off the wrist).

I've never heard of the half-Maltese cross bracelet, used on Gen 2 and later OS watches, kinking.  Besides the beauty of this newer bracelet, I believe one of the major changes that VC intended was to have a bracelet does not kink.

The only other metal bracelet watch I have is an Omega Ploprof 1200.  That watch has a wonderful mesh bracelet that does not kink.

Re: I know the Gen 1 OS bracelet will kink on occassion
03/17/2015 - 05:54

It isn't an insurmountable problem - just an observation.

One thing I am finding is that - although they fasciniate me immensely - I know very little about chronographs; I learn something new every time I visit the lounge.