I'm Stefan and while I am new here, I think I have already spent hours reading trough your discussionsand looking at these nice watches made by VC. Now I have decided to get myself at least one of these beatiful vintage VC's and so I registered here in order to be able to discuss matters that would rise in this process, but hopefully also being able to enjoy with you my then new old watch.
I have alway been fascinated by watches and since my father had a Patek Philippe Calatrava with a wondefull cal. 12-120 when I was a kid that was "the watch" for me. This is maybe a reason why I tend to like handwound watches with sub seconds, and one of the reasons I would like to get myself a VC with a cal 1001 ( and maybe add one with cal. 1003 further down the road ).
The main problem I have with these vintage watches is the fact that I would also like to wear them, so getting a watch only because of the movement is not going to work. So the next question is : how is it with restored dials ? This is the most "not original" thing I think that one can face, since the movement will most probably be there, the case has it's part also, but it might get hard to find dials that are 60 years old and have not been repainted. What do you do if you encounter such an offer : pass by, because the dial is remade, or still get the watch because, after all, when you send a watch in some parts are exchanged an if it is nicely done you would gladly wear the watch ? Note that I am not a friend of "patina" ( I've tried it, I don't like it, I like my watch nice and clean - a few dents in the case are less of a problem ). If we would be talking about a little steel Omega with a 269 movement that would be 2-300 Euro that would be not a problem, but since we aretalking ten times more, it starts to be kind of a problem, so I was curious how theknoledgeable collectors and watch lovers would hadle this in order to develop a startegy and start my hunt.