Help identifying VC

Hello to all, I would greatly apreciate any help identifying my recently inhereted VC. I wish to restore it in the upcoming months before my wedding. Also any information on fixing/restoring this model is greatfully accepted. I will contact the original jewler brooking in Madrid, and contact several watch repair shops in Madrid.

Text on front: 

Vacheron & Constantin

Text on watch mechanisms:

Swiss - 353577
29 - twenty nine jewels
Vacheron & Constantin
Slow - fast

inside of back cover:

Vacheron (cross) Constantin
5 (inside a key logo)

I am also interested in using a non-leather strap, do you have any recomendations? The width is 16mm. 

Help identifying VC

Help identifying VC

Help identifying VC
02/01/2012 - 20:28
02/01/2012 - 21:11
the 1st "identify my watch" with a real gem inside. I'll let
01/30/2012 - 15:13
the more knowledgable answer but it looks like this watch Alex wrote about some time ago:here
Re: the 1st "identify my watch" with a real gem inside. I'll let
01/30/2012 - 15:34
Thank you Chronometer, It is not the exact same watch, as the numbers on mine are gold not blue, but certainly from the same jeweler and very similar. I am extremely happy with my inherited VC and I have always been very interested in watches but I am completely ignorant at this level. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I with send Alex Ghotbi a private message.  Alex Aguirre de Cárcer
Re: Help identifying VC
01/30/2012 - 15:15
Here are some better pictures where you can apreciate the condition of the mechanisms and partial rust on some areas.
you dear sir have an amazing and historically important
01/30/2012 - 15:36
timepiece! One of VC's first multicomplications from the 30s. It was made for a Spanish client and obviously has remained within the family!! With this type of complex mechanism I can only suggest to have your watch sent to VC for servicing and restoration.
Worth noting?
01/30/2012 - 16:06
Given an ongoing discussion about form movements, is it worth noting that here we have a beautiful, highly complicated V&C in a tonneau case with a round movement? What a nice watch to see on a Monday morning? Best, respo
Re: Worth noting?
01/30/2012 - 16:23
Thank you all for your interest. I am now getting nervous just holding it.  I will visit the original jewler for any information on the watch (they no longer sell VC) and then the oficial customer service jewlers for VC in Madrid here is a link to higher res pictures.VC album
the hands were probably changed at some point but other than
01/30/2012 - 16:33
the crystal the rest looks in pretty good shape considering that the watch is over 70 years old!
Re: the hands were probably changed at some point but other than
01/30/2012 - 16:41
It has been sitting in a safe for the last 40-50 years. Can you give me an idea on how complicated / expensive servicing the watch can be. Would it need to be sent to switzerland? The first jewler-watch repairman  that saw it dissmised it saying it would cost more than the price of the watch, but he didn´t open it, he though it would be very rusty since the side sliding piece (forgive my absolute ignorance of the watch parts) is stuck. Alex
considering that the watch has a minute repeater and a
01/30/2012 - 16:44
retrograde date indication servicing will need to be done by an expert. I have no idea on price as it will depend on what needs to be done but it will certainly lake a long time. If you go through VC the watch will be sent to Switzerland, they will take the watch apart and see what needs to be done and give you a quote which you can accept or not.
What a wonderful way to start the week!
01/30/2012 - 17:30
Thank-you so much for sharing your family treasure with us heart.  FWIW, the Key #5 mark is for the Swiss case-maker Genevor SA.  I must also compliment you for providing us with quality pictures to view yes.  You can anticipate that a restoration at the factory will require siginificant investment in time and money but will return the piece as near to new as possible and enhance the value considerably.  That is one of the tiniest minrep movements I've seen...just wondering if you could tell us the measurements?  Is it a minute or quarter repeater?  I guess that supposes it still functions properly...yes?  LOL, don't worry about the strap - that will be a small decision to make sometime in the future!
Ref. 3620 from 1936
01/30/2012 - 21:22
The picture Alex shared is Reference Photo Nr 3620 from 1936, with the same case number!  So indeed, it was the first of that type to be produced, and perhaps the only one as Alex states it was a special order.  The dial has been altered at some point, as have the hands.  Typical scratches reflect the carelessness of years past, when hands were removed without the benefit of protecting the dial blush.  A non-minute repeater version of that case design, Ref. 3446, with the same calendar complication was offered in 1933.  The archive photo notes movement by specialists Victorin Piguet so I'm guessing the minrep caliber would also be from them.
A real treasure there, Alex!
01/30/2012 - 20:44
Looks like it might be a piece unique... Wonder if you send it for repair service to Geneva will the Patrimony VC dept. offers to buy it back from you. Knowing the head
Sorry for an unfinished post due to the iPad inconveniences...
01/30/2012 - 20:46
Dom Bernaz this might be the case here
Re: you dear sir have an amazing and historically important
01/31/2012 - 16:32
Truly amazing to find one of these beauties. Probably only a few are still around. A real treasure! JB
Spanish 1930
02/01/2012 - 03:30
Inspiration for a next Les Historiques Malte tonneau... Thank you to both Alex for this great watch and its details.
Congratulations, you truly have a unique and very special VC watch
01/31/2012 - 01:00
It was a unique piece, so it is the only one of its kind in existence...and is a high complicated treasure. The retrograde date is the first known use of this type of pointer function. Adding a minute repeater...just WOW. Your post will bring large smiles to all that regularly visit this forum!!! Thanks, as far as I'm concerned, this post makes dealing with all the others that ask about fake watches, well wotrthwhile. BR, Dan
Thank you all
01/31/2012 - 11:28
 I first visited this forum when I first caught a glimpse of my watch, then inherited by my mother, but was unable to find a match for it, thank you all for the information you are provinding. a quick visit yesterday to a vintage watchmacker shun some light on the state of the watch. The glass is not the orignal but plastic, there are several marks from the careless removal and alterations on the dial. The axis of the winding wheel (please correct me on the names of the different parts) has been soldered and the slide bolt of the minute repeater is stuck. The rest, other than some rust and dirt, is in pretty good shape, the balance wheel moved perfectly with some air from the blower. The watch was probable working fine 50 years ago and since then has only seen the inside of the bank vault. I will take it to the VC official retailers in Madrid, but they are just high-end jewelers and I am afraid they (as everyone up to now except for the forum members) will be unaware of the particulars of the watch. I am enjoying learning about my watch just as you are viewing it, so please ask for any pictures of details or other information I might be able to give, and I would be glad to hear about any other features of the watch. best, Alex Hope this picture helps you to determin the min rep size.
Thank YOU because its rare to see such beauties! When you take
01/31/2012 - 12:42
it to the VC retailer specify that you want to have it sent to VC for repair. You can also contact VC Spain directly, you can find details on the VC web site
Oh and please do keep us updated on how things go
01/31/2012 - 12:42
More history...
01/31/2012 - 17:42
Alright!  The movement appears to be around 11 lignes, which is indeed smaller than the "typcial" V&C 13 ligne JMV minute repeater calibre of the 1950s. You can read some history of the retrograde calendar, including your watch, in this older post by Alex: A short presentation... Also, my research suggests your movement may actually be circa 1910!  There are two examples of minrep V&C movements from that era having been constructed in 1909 and 1913, but cased and sold in the 1940s, and one has numbers close to yours, while the other is of similar 11 ligne size.  This would not be an unusual or unexpected development considering the value of these movements.
Brooking of Madrid
02/01/2012 - 20:28
Brooking jewelers still resides in Madrid, at 26 José Ortega y Gasset, Castellana, district of Salamanca.  Their roots go back to founder Charles Brooking Compton (born London, 1876) who began his career in Jewelery with Mappin & Webb.  Brooking was eventually assigned to oversee their French operations from Paris, where he met his future business partner who operated shops in Paris and Madrid. So, in 1926 the jewelery shop Brooking opened on the Great Via in Madrid.  Within the month, Brooking became suppliers to the Spanish Royal House and soon thereafter opened another location in San Sebastián to service the holiday crowds.  Today, the business remains in family hands and examples of their high jewelery can be found in Spain's National Museum of Decorative Arts. Their collaboration with Vacheron & Constantin has produced a few treasures, as revealed in this thread heart.  Further examples are this 1920 Verger Freres V&C pendant watch and a 1928 Poche Surprise (see lot 89, Quarter Millennium sale).Antiquorum photoAntiquorum photo
Simply WOW!!!!
02/01/2012 - 21:11
Unbelievable heart- thanks for sharing...