I owe you guys some pics

Thankyou to Alex and JB for your help, as confirmed by experts this is a Vacheron and Constantin silver wristwatch with metalic silver coloured dial , the movement was produced circa 1909 and cased in 1928, it was cased rather than recased and is a wrist watch movement.

It's keeping good time and running strong, my friend may have it serviced by VC anyway because we don't know when the last service was carried out. It looks far better in the flesh than I expected it to, my friend isn't very good with a camera so I've taken the pictures as promised.

I owe you guys some pics

I owe you guys some pics

03/17/2008 - 16:28
Nice, and congrats 4mercian...
03/17/2008 - 16:37

... very nice "coussin" case

Thankyou fred, I'm afraid it's not mine though....
03/17/2008 - 16:42

It belongs to a friend of mine who is a collector, He asked me to have a look at it for him because I'm  a watchmaker by trade.

I'm sorry to say it's going back to it's owner tommorow, but it will be worn rather than kept in a cabinet somewhere.

looks good and I like the dial! Its a good idea to have it
03/17/2008 - 16:47

serviced by VC and to get a certificate of Authenticity with all the historic details.

Good to have a watchmaker on board

Thankyou Alex
03/17/2008 - 16:57

The dial looks stunning, it is a little aged , but it's nice and evenly aged showing it's originality. It has a wonderful metallic finish that looks good in the sunlight, it's hard to capture in a photo.

We like the idea of sending it in to VC , do you have a rough idea of how much it would cost to get it serviced, have the certificates and have a strap made for it? The strap I have put on it for him is quite good but it would look amazing on a VC strap.

I know a nice manufacturer of custom made alligator skin straps in the US, I may get him one for his birthday next week.

the COA costs CHF 850 the service costs will depend
03/17/2008 - 17:00

on what will have to be done. I don't know the prices for a strap but a nice croc strap costs at least euro 150.

That's suprisingly reasonable
03/17/2008 - 17:05

Yes the Alligator straps I get are $150 dollars , they are very nice though and worth the money, i would post a link but I'm not sure if it's against forum policy?

thanks for asking but I prefer not to have
03/17/2008 - 17:15

links to any commercial sites.

Re: thanks for asking but I prefer not to have
03/17/2008 - 17:19

Of course Alex. I did think it may not be allowed.

great looking watch, the dial looks surprisingly well preserved but
03/17/2008 - 17:42

the watch would deserve a better looking strap

thanks for sharing

Thankou velvet and la masque for your kind comments..
03/17/2008 - 18:18

Yes the strap is embarrasingly cheap for such a unique watch, I do have many nice brand new 18mm straps laying around the workshop , but this is the only open ended type I have, I suppose it will do at short notice, to give him something to wear it on, but if the watch had feelings it would probably be crying with shame   .

With it being open ended, the only way I will get him a real high qaulity strap is if I have one custom made for $150, which is worth doing , but it will take 6-8 weeks, possibly more if the strap gets stuck in customs (I'm in the UK).

Re: I owe you guys some pics
03/17/2008 - 17:48

nice watch friend..........

Very nice (nt)
03/17/2008 - 18:58


Re: I owe you guys some pics
03/17/2008 - 19:47

That's a really beautiful dial! Your friend is indeed very fortunate. Its quite remakable that that it has been so well preserved. The movement may only need to  be cleaned.

Congrats to him and a thank you to you for the pics.

Could you please send me a private email with info for that type of strap. I had been looking for one for a vintage JLC that I bought.

Thanks again.

Best wishes,


Re: Re: I owe you guys some pics
03/17/2008 - 20:08

Check your messages Joseph, I have emailed you the information about where to get custom straps.

Yes my friend is indeed lucky, some would say dumb luck  . I still am not allowed to say how little he paid for this watch but it's probably best I don't or you'll fall off your chair . I am absolutly green with envy, and when he was asking me about it I thought it couldn't possibly be the real thing because no-one's that lucky and advised him not to go through with it.

It just goes to show that you should always keep your eyes open for the bargains in unexpected places.

When I see this watch,
03/17/2008 - 23:07

I'm very glad that I was wrong in my guess!

That's why it's so difficult giving a production year for VC.

They have  made more movements than watches, and they also as you can see, 

put the movements on the shelf, to perhaps use them later... 

Alex, perhaps you should go down in the cellar or to the attic,

and have a look around, next time you are in Geneva.

Could be some interesting boxes from 100 years ago,


Congrats to a classic cushion shaped watch !


Me too............
03/17/2008 - 23:25

I told him it must be fake at that price, and not to buy it.

03/18/2008 - 00:16

But they are cheap!

The silver VC's are extremely cheap,

also beautful pocket watches!

This one didn't cost much !

Gold hands !

From 1916, with a beautiful movement,

that I can't find any pic of right now...


Re: LOL!
03/18/2008 - 01:33

Doc he's had three estimates now, even the lowest one was many many times what he paid.

its a great watch but can we stop talking about
03/18/2008 - 09:39

price? I feel like I'm on a PP forum....

Very nice vintage specimen
03/18/2008 - 11:55

Your friend is a lucky chap!

Very nice this would be a great watch to emulate for the
03/18/2008 - 13:54

next Historique line. Love that its silver and cushion shape and the dial is great (&).


I definitely recommend having it serviced by VC
03/23/2008 - 23:03

You will probably never read this post since it is so deep in the threads... but anyway: I highly recommend you get the watch serviced by VC. I had my old one serviced and it is superbe. I also spoke to one of their watchmakers during the Beverly Hills event and he gave me plenty of reasons as to why you should NOT have it serviced by unknown watchmakers: they can take away nice watch pieces for their own use and replace wiht low standard parts, they can take away valuable parts (gold for example) and also replace with cheap ones, and they can also simpyl put in very low quality parts as a "repair".

He todl me they have seen all these in real life when they service older watches...

Re: I definitely recommend having it serviced by VC
06/18/2008 - 21:37

Hello everyone,

I am the owner of this watch. It is currently sat in my winder. I have decided never to sell the watch as I think I would definitely regret it and not be able to replace it.

I would like to have it serviced and obtain some papers for it.

How would I go about this. I have in the past sent watches to IWC and Omega and assume the procedure will be the same.

Does anyone have details and/or experience of sending a watch to VC.