Fleabay Alert

This vintage Vacheron presents very well, but unfortunately it isn't real.  Thanks to the wonderful people in the Heritage Dept, they've confirmed the case is non-VC and the case number displayed belongs to another model altogether.

Fleabay Alert

The tell-tale signs are interesting to note: for this vintage the case number should be on the inside, along with Swiss Helvetia hallmark and a responsibility mark for the case manufacturer.  The reference number that shows isn't a VC number at all.  One possibility would be a Verger Freres case, however, their hallmark and seperate reference number are also missing.

Fleabay Alert

Fleabay Alert

While the records show this is a non-genuine creation, those doing research on pieces of similar vintage should also consider that watches imported to North America as parts kits often featured contract cases.  However, the movements were required by law to bear the VXN import mark.

Fleabay Alert

While I don't usually, I contacted the seller with this information in case of genuine mistake...like I said it presents very well...but was accused of making this stuff up.  Oh well Fleabay Alert.
02/26/2010 - 00:34
02/26/2010 - 03:34
02/26/2010 - 17:18
JB
02/26/2010 - 21:06
JB
02/27/2010 - 19:18
03/02/2010 - 01:55
03/01/2010 - 04:53
03/02/2010 - 01:58
A very attentive eye Dean
02/26/2010 - 03:34
You have a great attention to detail, which is a must for vintage enthusiasts! I've seen this watch for auction before and, as you said, thought it was presented very well - it looks great.  It even comes with box and papers!  I thought the price was a little higher than I expected, and I prefer to deal with sellers based in the U.S. when possible for high value items, unless I already know them. To be honest, if I was in the market for a watch I think I would have considered it.  Thanks for your vigilance! BR, Dan
Job Done!
02/26/2010 - 17:18
Thanks Dan.  If anyone is saved from a future problem by this post, then I feel great .
Looks like an vintage IWC case
02/26/2010 - 21:06
Hi Dean, When I saw it I was struck by how much the case resembled a vintage RG IWC that I own. I thought, "well isn't that interesting", but I never persued it further, not being in the market. Well Done! How about them Canucks in Vancouver!
Something going on in Vancouver?
02/27/2010 - 01:30
LOL, four channels on the TV have constant coverage . Interesting about the IWC resemblance...could be the source of the case for sure.  I wonder how the case back was made up?  I suppose all that effort led to the unreasonable price...thankfully that also kept it unsold!
?? 2 cases
02/27/2010 - 19:18
Hi Dean, When I saw the photos, the case looked like rose gold. But the shot of the inside of the case back with the VC logo looked yellow gold. Maybe its the lighting but I think these are 2 different case backs, one VC from another watch and oe from the case that is housing the watch.
Re: ?? 2 cases
03/02/2010 - 01:55
You might be right Joseph .  Another possibility is that the Vacheron & Constantin on the inside of the caseback was added by the "artist".  Everything else about that part is wrong for V&C
Re: Fleabay Alert
03/01/2010 - 04:53
Thanks for the research and sharing with us. It takes someone with your keen knowledge to see a such a presentation. Congratulations on your big hockey gold medal today - very exciting to watch. Enjoy the celebration.  Best regards, Matt
A Real Drama!
03/02/2010 - 01:58
Thanks Matt...that final hockey game was a real heart-stopper.  I had to run on the treadmill while watching just to work off the excitement .
Something just ain't right about that crown - That's my tip-off. nt
03/03/2010 - 17:26
    Nicholas