a family portrait

Following Doc's post below here is a family portait of straight lug Vacheron Constantin chronographs. Unfortunately the portrait is mine but not the family a family portrait

a family portrait

a family portrait

a family portrait

from left to right: circa 1933 and circa 1943

Is the 1 with Arabic # 38mm?.....nt
03/13/2008 - 19:37


looks big but its 35mm (nt)
03/13/2008 - 19:45


Have you some pics of back?
03/13/2008 - 20:08

I'd like to see movement

a lousy scan of the Ref 4072 (1943) movement
03/13/2008 - 20:12

the movement is gorgeous and this scan doesn't do it justice unfortunately I don't have another scan and don't have a scan of the movement of the monopusher.

Re: a lousy scan of the Ref 4072 (1943) movement
03/13/2008 - 20:26

great movement...........

no photograph can make justice with it.

Reality is reality.

Re: a lousy scan of the Ref 4072 (1943) movement
03/13/2008 - 20:32

It's very good even this scan!

Then both dials are in top condition!

Beautiful watches and beautiful movement!!
03/14/2008 - 00:57

That movement simply looks gorgeous, Alex.

The watches are not too shabby either.  Just kidding.  Nobody made chronographs like VC did.  Both have different dials but both are very nice examples of each style!  Wonderful.

Thanks for sharing the scans.  A great way to start my Friday!



No words ... just wonderful! (nt)
03/14/2008 - 16:24


You need to work on adding these to your family...
03/13/2008 - 20:45

I wish :-) Some better scans of the 4072 vintage chrono
03/13/2008 - 21:25

Re: I wish :-) Some better scans of the 4072 vintage chrono
03/13/2008 - 21:29

Are those hands blue?  Kind of like what Lange is doing now?

Yup all hands other than the hour/minutes are blue (nt)
03/14/2008 - 11:29


Alex, you know my mind on this...
03/14/2008 - 23:17


A lesson to all of you !
03/13/2008 - 22:34

I would bid on the one from 1933 !

God, Alex you know how long I been seeking for the monopusher,

still are, and how near I once was 

I was some years ago offered this monopusher,

from a vintage dealer in London,

from which I earlier had bought a rather special and not especially cheap VC.

I of course, became very enthusiastic about it and wrote to Alex,

and we both thought this was exspensive, but how often do you get the chance ? 

Since the requested price was quite high..., I demanded the watch sent,

by the seller, to the Vacheron Constantin Museum,

for a verification that it was an original VC monopusher.

I happened to meet Mr Vuilliomenet, the former director of the VC Museum,

at a lunch in Geneva, some weeks later and he told me:

" The case is Vacheron&Constantin, the movement is Vacheron&Constantin and from the time, but (!),

they were not born together, so it's not a Vacheron&Constantin" !

I saw that the vintage dealer kept on advertising it, as a VC monopusher, from 19xx,

for nearly a year.

I pointed out to them that it was wrong, and that they even had papers from VC of it,

but they didn't care.

It disappeared and I am still angry, of the possibility that somebody bought it, beleiving it was real.

This is a quite wellknown firm, established at a fine address and on the internet as well.

So all of you, be careful out there

All that glitters is not gold


I hope that I would never crossed the path of this
03/13/2008 - 23:16


Thanks Doc

You're lucky!
03/14/2008 - 02:20

Fortunately you have had this information before buying it!

But, you know, vitage is very dangerous, and eve experts like you can have some troubles!

Now, go to look for another one!

Re: A lesson to all of you !
03/14/2008 - 07:02

Thank you for sharing your experience Doc. It's a valuable wakeup call for us all. I'll keep that in mind, and take an utmost precaution when buying from unauthorized sources.   



It's an important experience which helps all of us!
03/14/2008 - 23:22

Thank you for this Doc.

I would have been suspicious about the dial, as I never saw one like this in books or litterature.

But who knows, when VC made so many different watches through the years...

excellent genes have run in the family for quite some time... nt
03/14/2008 - 09:47