The final answer regarding VXN hallmarked movements

Following recent discussions this is the information I gathered regarding VXN stamped movements

The final answer regarding VXN hallmarked movements

scan courtesy of Tic-Talk

Due to the impossibility of exporting gold cases to the US for tax and custom reasons from circa 1935-1950 Vacheron Constantin movements (assembled) were sent directly to the importer who then had them cased in gold. The rule for the case back inscriptions are rather shady as some were inscribed Vacheron & Constantin, Vacheron & Constantin New York or just with a Maltese Cross.

All movements were however stamped VXN.

Still wondering about the dates...
05/14/2008 - 22:28

as this movement with the VXN code resides within a mid-1960's case?  Maybe the records are just not clear enough to know?  Sounds like a great research project for someone looking to write a book!

the dates were given by VC, could it be that the movement was
05/15/2008 - 00:47

recased much later?

Re: the dates were given by VC, could it be that the movement was
05/15/2008 - 17:47

I don't think the movement was re-cased. Those dates do not seem plausable, since I've seen lots of VXN marked movements in both V&C and JLC which were post 1950. I don't recall many full rotor automatics prior to 1950, I thought the bumpers were around to the mid 1950's.

Also, the american cased watches which were 14K and had odd markings are very very rare. This was not done for very long nor for very many watches, and oddly, no round cases.

I really doubt there is just one answer. These marks can be found in so many situations that it defies reason, and likely has many answers. It would be nice if there were some really old timer from the JLC factory who could shed some light on the circumstances in which JLC put this mark on their ebauches.