Before I break it: My new (to me) 42040 OS

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:

 My new (to me) 42040 OS

Vacheron Constantin Overseas 42040

Help!

  1. 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.
  2. 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? 
  3. 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. 

 

Re: Before I break it: My new (to me) 42040 OS
02/09/2016 - 00:24

 

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.

Don't worry, not gonna happen.  If it helps, the first time you can do it while sitting in a closed cardboard box (leave a few air holes).  LOL, really, not gonna happen devil

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?

Now you should fear the clasp on the Gen I OS, as its the most frequent component to screw-up.  That little button may break off or jam in position; I've had both happen.  One fix should this happen, albeit a bit expensive, is to order the replacement bracelet (assuming they still offer it) as VC abandoned the original system for side-release buttons.

 My new (to me) 42040 OS

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.

Yeah, same as I tell my wife; go easy on the hand cream surprise.  

Congrats. Thanks for the wrist shot!
02/09/2016 - 17:46

Gush all you like.  We've all done it and most of us will probably do it again.  Great watch.

Looks great, congratulations nt
02/09/2016 - 22:10

ny

Re: Before I break it: My new (to me) 42040 OS
02/11/2016 - 04:58

Congratulations!

Spring is coming just around the corner.

Judging from the photo,

the watch has been kept in good condition.

io

 

Hope to care for it to keep it shiny
02/11/2016 - 13:35

Hi io,

I'm glad to hear that it looks like it has been taken care of. Even with a magnifying glass, I cannot find a scratch on it. Now that it is my "daily driver", that may change, but I hope not.

ありがとうございました for your observation!

Bill

 

Re: Before I break it: My new (to me) 42040 OS
02/11/2016 - 14:03

Congratulations Bill. Nice Overseas

 

Dont worry about the crown.  It's quite sturdy.

Is it possible that some part of your skin is hitting the clasp?

As for the shiny bracelet, some people I know put transparent tape but it does not look nice.  I guess you just have to be careful.  And if necessary, have it buffed when you get to service the watch in 5-7 years.

 

Brave encounter with the crown
02/11/2016 - 14:54

Hi Jesto,

I finally set it. Both the day and date were set allying my fear of flying springs, screws and the crown. In setting the time, the minute hand seems to almost float--very delicate touch for setting it. However, once set it just keeps ticking on beautifully.

Thanks,

Bill