Some years ago, I acquired a 453 / 2c (possibly 458 though), 34 mm 18k gold manual winding VC wristwatch, which was made in 1944. Case, back and movement are all signed and numbered. The hands may have been reset at some stage, the strap is new, but the buckle is probably original. Nothing remarkable, as it goes, but lovely to me.
This afternoon I dropped into the VC branch in Old Bond Street, with a view to having my watch serviced, obtaining a certificate of authenticity, and possibly a different strap.
What transpired was, umm… odd.
The three members of staff whom I dealt with did not appear to grasp that I was presenting a vintage watch. To my eyes, she is unmistakably so. Consequently it was a little confusing to have to state her age three times.
They did manage to explain, with some degree of clarity, questions about the servicing process.
As for the rest? Hard sell. The kind of hard sell that relies on flustering the customer until they relent. In part this was in regard to leaving the watch with them today, though I was adamantly against this, but mostly it was about flogging a strap.
Put bluntly, it felt like scam central.
I would be keen to hear your thoughts about this, and any advice on where to leave my watch for servicing, etc..