Help with this VC Mystery ladies wrist watch.

Hello all.

I'm a newbie here and came in looking for a few answers.

I have this watch in my possession since 1981, and I have no clue to what exactlly it is and if it's worth anything.

This is a ladies 18 K wrist watch with a diameter of 1-2 mm larger that a US Quarter coin. Thinner than two Quarters stacked on top of each other.

Comes with a 18 K band, has a bazel with 48 Diamonds embeded, each 0.2 C. no seconds hand, champagne colored dial face.

I'm guessing a "patrimony" circa 1950-60, Original owner claimed it to be a "Royal Eddition" one of only 100 made.

Any advise will be greatlly appriciated.

 

 

 

any chance we could get a picture of...
11/28/2015 - 09:15

The case back - inside and outside? Having it opened is pretty important for identification and making an education decision about authenticity. 

Re: any chance we could get a picture of...
11/29/2015 - 04:30

Thank you.

I cannot open it so I'm lacking inside details or numbers.

Will try to take it to a watchmaker soon.

Re: any chance we could get a picture of...
01/17/2017 - 07:56

Thanks!

If this is a ladies watch from 1981 or earlier...
11/28/2015 - 12:10

chances are high that it has a quartz movement.  If it is from the 50s-60s, then it has a mechanical movement. 

Back then, VC's did not have product lines the way they do now...Patrimony did not exist.

If you can provide information on the case and movement serial numbers (you may have to have a watchmaker take the back off and record the serial numbers as well as any other information that might be visible), then we can tell you more about the watch, and the year it was produced.

As far as I know, "Royal Eddition" or "Royal Edition" means nothing to VC's watches

Best Regards, Dan

Re: If this is a ladies watch from 1981 or earlier...
11/29/2015 - 04:28

Thank you.

I could not open it myself, I was afraid to damage it.

Took it many years ago to a few jewelers but they all said to leave it with them for a day or so. I was a little concerned about getting it back with a "replaced" movement, so I declined.

It has a mechanical movement , not Quartz.

The case has no marking on the back at all.

Due to my health issues I'm not sure I can go to a reputable watchmaker, but I'll try.

Thanx for your prompt response.

Too bad you can't trust your watchmaker
11/29/2015 - 21:58

but when you find one worthy, it will be essential that you have the back opened and a few pictures taken.  Yours is very similar to the men's ref 6554 from the mid-60s and may also share the lovely caliber 1003 movement.  It will have a different reference number but does confirm it is a V&C style.  FWIW, I count 45 diamonds which is only important because the catalogs do reference the number of stones and is another element of verification.  The men's 6554 has 60 but don't get obsessed with the diamond-set bezel as it doesn't really don't add value and can even detract when out of fashion.

Too bad you can't trust your watchmaker

Re: Too bad you can't trust your watchmaker
01/13/2017 - 23:44

Thank you Gentlemen.

I finally toook the watch to a pro and opened it.

The best I can make out from the markings is:

Caliber 1003

Ref #: 6512

Serial #: 390843

0.750 18K

23 Jewles

Circa 1950-1960

Diameter: 26mm , Thickness: 3mm

Mechanical (hand winding)

posted on eBay (with 12 pictures): Item number 282319979529

PLEASE provide any input, advise, price opinion or ANY HELP !

 

THNX !!!

 

 

We do not provide valuations or other information on specific watches for sale to sellers (nt)
01/14/2017 - 01:54
Re: We do not provide valuations or other information on specific watches for sale to sellers (nt)
01/16/2017 - 03:47

I AM NOT a "seller" !

I'm a collector and have 63 rare watches in my collection. I collect many items that are "one of a kind" or very limited production numbers.

This watch was not BOUGHT. It is from my Mothers estste. I don't know why you jumped to the conclusion that I desire to sell this item.

Let me clarify my situation:

My mother passed away in 1980.  She received this watch as a GIFt from a famous entity in recognition of her professional career. I have no other information, only stories.

I am seeking this information to establish my late mother's heritage. I am not seeking a buyer! The reason I mention the eBay listing is that you can see 12 LARGE resolution images. This bulletin board lets you upload ONLY 64KB images.

If you read the bottom of the listings on eBay, you will notice the SOLICITATION for ANY INFORMATION.

The reason that I'm seeking a "price opinion" is that I have 3 siblings that are entitled to a part of my Mother's estate.

The watch will ALWAYS stay in my possesion, but I would like to conpensate my brother's & sister's monetary value in a FAIR way.

I have spent 20 years trying to get information. I have taken it to many dealers, jewelers & collectors with NO RESULTS!

It has taken me over a year to reply to YOUR post requesting pictures.

Any information you can provide or other members would be greatly appriciated !!!