We've had a very mild winter in New England, but as soon as I ordered my watch, we get blizzards. So after waiting...having doubts about the seller...the US Postal Service... and a Zombie conspiracty to get my watch, it arrived safe and sound. It was even more beautiful than I had imagined. So be patient with me as I gush.
Here's a picture of it:
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 42040
- The instructions indicate that I should unscrew the crown and then pull it out for setting the time. Did I read that right? I'm afraid that if I unscrew the crown, it'll pop out and fly out the window.
- The bracelet seems to come open when I set my wrist down is a certain way. Does that sound like I'm closing the clasp wrong or there's something wrong with the clasp?
- The bracelet is so shiny that I want to keep it that way. Gummed up stainless steel looks awful, and so if you have any tips about keeping everything shiny, I'm very interested.
Getting the feel
For years I've worn leather or reptile bands, and they've always been comfortable and secure. This watch feels heavier, especially with the stainless steel bracelet, and I'm a little insecure about the clasp....but I like it better than any watch I've ever had. I got stainless steel because my dear delicate Patek Calatrava is reserved for short formal events. As a mechanical, I have to wind my Patek daily, which is actually a real pleasure. But my OS will be with me most of the time, and the automatic movement means I don't have to think about it.
The more I learn about VC, the happier I am that I chose the OS over the AP RO or the Patek Nautilus. Both of the others are fine watches, but there's something about VC OS that's just right for me. In the coming weeks, I'll be photographing my new watch for every angle. I'll probably asking every one on this list questions that may seem naive, but I'm really a newbie to haute horlogerie in general and VC in particular.