Help identifying VC watch...

This watch has being lying in a drawer for many many years - it was given to my Father-in-Law's father about 1920 and has both his, and my F-i-L's name engraved on the back.

Can anyone identify the model, and if its worth restoring? Knowing the owner, it's probably never had any TLC - he was going to have it cleaned by a local model railway enthusiast!

Any information would be appreciated.

Many thanks
Help identifying VC watch...
ref 4627 from the 50s with a huge(for the time) 38mm case it houses
12/16/2008 - 18:26

a manual wind cal 1002. Its a great watch and definately worth having restored by a professionnal. Welcome to the Lounge!

Re: ref 4627 from the 50s with a huge(for the time) 38mm case it houses
12/16/2008 - 18:48
Thanks for the quick response - should it go back to VC in the UK (I suspect they will send it onto CH)? Also what might we expect to pay for a resoration can I get an estimate first? I'd like to do this as a surprise for my F-i-L... I'm surprised you say 1950s - The family story is that it was given to my wife's grandfather (who was an extraordinary man) on his 21st birthday, which would be 1916, but if the watch is later, that can hardly be the case. With the s/n, is it possible to find out more about the watch directly from VC? Do they keep such records? many thanks
it is impossible that the watch can date back as far as the 20s as
12/16/2008 - 19:04

the design is typically 50s and the movement was also developed then. You can send it to VC in London but all vintage watches are sent to Geneva as all the spare parts for vintage pieces are centralized there. You can of course ask for an estimate before making your decision as price will vary depending on what needs to be done. VC also offer a certificate of authenticity which will give all details regarding the watch. I have one of these too:

On the right track...
12/16/2008 - 19:28

That's the one! I just had a look inside and it's identical. I also now have the s/n from the inside of the back. The inside is clean, but the case is very very grubby with has many small scratches, the glass is in poor condition and the winder seems slightly off-centre. The strap needs some work too. looking at the dates on the back, it could have been given to my F-i-L on his 35th birthday in 1955 - that would make more sense... Your one looks beautiful - it makes the effort & cost of having this one restored seem worthwhile... I have a call out to VC in London and will speak to them about having it restored. Thanks

Re: Re: ref 4627 from the 50s with a huge(for the time) 38mm case it houses
12/16/2008 - 19:30
Now there's a familiar watch! I agree with Alex. Its from the late 1950's. I have one too but without the sweep second hand. Its a beautiful, elegant watch, well worth restoring. VC does have info on case and movement numbers and perhaps date of sale. They will give you a quote before going ahead with any work (my own experience), but it could take a while for the restoration to be done. Congratulations! Joseph
Superb, isn it Jospeh (nt)
12/17/2008 - 18:18
Re: Superb, isn it Jospeh (nt)
12/17/2008 - 19:02
Oui, t'as raison. Cette une vraie belle montre. Une de mes préférées! You're absolutely right! Its a real beauty. One of my very favourites! Joseph
Re: Help identifying VC watch...
09/14/2009 - 17:31

Hi again,

Well, the watch went to Wempe who sent it back to Switzerland, and after a couple of months they came back with an estimate for the rebuild to factory standards. They also said it'd take a year to do...

My father-in-law is 87, and feels a year is too long, so wants to sell the watch. Wempe are not very willing to give an estimate as they say it's not their area, so who can I go to to get a fair estimate of the value for both sale & insurance, given that VC say it needs GBP 1,200 of work and 1 year elapsed... The watch runs ok, but really does need the overhaul... though VC did clean it up a lot during the estimation process...

Thanks for all your help so far,