Family watch now mine...

Greetings from California!

I am new to this forum but a local jeweler thought it would be a good place for me to start.  I have a VC watch that was passed down to me but I have limited records on it.  In 1994, the watch was taken to 1 rue des Moulins in Geneva for maintenance and the case number and movement numbers were recorded at that time.  Frankly, I am not sure which number means what when trying to determine the age of the watch and any historical significance at all.

In advance, I would appreciate any assistance/direction those of you with a lot more knowledge of VC watches could provide me.  I would love to know how old it is.  One of the jewelers handling the estate valued it at $14,000 USD but another said that was a replacement cost that could be very different from its real value given age, etc.

Thank you for your time and insight!



Hello Mike. Welcome to THL
05/18/2015 - 21:26

It would be good if the Jeweler could get a photo of the inside of the caseback.  Without that, a nice photo of the watch face and the back would help.  Although, any numbers you have could prove helpful as well.  Let's see.  There are some V&C geniuses here and a couple learners like me.  Thank you for stopping in.  I am intrigued to see what you have for us!

Re: Hello Mike. Welcome to THL
05/18/2015 - 22:16

Thanks for the reply jtodd.  Unfortunately the watch is in a safe deposit box in another state right now and I have the key with me.  I will contact the estate administrator to see if we have pictures that can be forwarded to me.  I am fairly confident we do not have any pictures of the inside of the watch.  However, there is a VC document on their letterhead with the numbers from when it was serviced in 1994. I was recently told that either the case number or movement number help date the watch but I don't remember what he said. 

Thanks again!

Hi Mike
05/19/2015 - 02:34

Hopefully the letter has both the case and movement serial numbers.  With both, VC can confirm the year of manufacture.  If we have just one of the two serial numbers, we can estimate a range of years, but really need both numbers to confirm for sure.

Please see if your Estate Administrator can take a couple of pictures of the watch, dial side up and also of the back.

Welcome to THL!

Best Regards, Dan

Re: Hi Mike
05/19/2015 - 03:57


Thank you for the information.  I know we have both the case and movement numbers listed on a VC document from 1994.  Should I contact VC directly or is there some sort of "guide" somewhere that can provide me with an estimated date range for the numbers I have?  Is there a site or link somewhere that might have the information?  Curiosity has the cat right now and I am very intrigued to say the least.

Thanks again!


I can think of 2 options that would be easiest for you
05/19/2015 - 12:11

Once you obtain the serial numbers, you can email either:

1. The VC Conceirge for North America, Daniel Adams.  You shuolud be able to find a "Contact the Concierge" button on VC's official website. 


2. Send our THL Moderator, Alex Ghotbi, a private message

Either on of these people will be able to check with VC's Hertiage Department to get information on your watch.  I know Alex is traveling this week, so if you get the info might be best to contact the Concierge.