If I had to chose....

This would be it.

1937.

Only 439 watches made by Vacheron&Constantin that year !

18 K pink gold.

Brushed.

Applicated yellow gold Arabic numerals.

Pink gold "épée" hands.

17 jewels.

Blue steeled Breguet balance spring.

35 x 27 mm.

8 mm thick.

Original buckle !

I just love it If I had to chose....

If I had to chose....

If I had to chose....

We will never divorce If I had to chose....

Doc

Doc
07/11/2007 - 22:19
07/11/2007 - 23:24
Doc
07/12/2007 - 00:03
She's a beauty...
07/11/2007 - 23:24

Hi Doc,

I really like the brushed finish on that watch.  It really gives the watch an interesting texture and character.  Is the dial rose gold?   The buckle is a very nice shape and still looks very sturdy. The fact that its original is fantastic.  Thanks for sharing another one of your vintage beauties with us.

Best regards,

Dino

Dial is rosé :-)
07/12/2007 - 00:03

Doc

If there could be only one
07/11/2007 - 23:27

it would be the Malte Perpetual Minute Repeater!

My AD will be having one comming in at the end of the year, he already has a waiting list but if I play it right I may make it to the top of the list

On the other hand this would litteraly be my only watch as I would need to sell my whole collection to finance the Malte...as well as deciding if I would be happy having only one watch!

Yes the true beauty !
07/12/2007 - 00:07

But I'm stucked in the Art Deco swamp

And it hasn't THE moon at Deniz's pics...

That I will incorporate one rich day

But soon I will make an exception.....

Doc

Could there be only one?
07/12/2007 - 01:35
I mean it is an amazing watch and all of us on the forum would really love to own it but... could you really get by with just one VC for a while after you've had a collection of several VCs and cherished and enjoyed each timepiece so much? Would you really let go of each memory attached to certain VCs in your collection?
You are really bringing up the whole collecting issue :-)
07/12/2007 - 18:36

The answer is that it probably would be impossible to change all my VC's for one,

even though, I many, many times thought of it !

Buy a real exspensive Farouk look a like or something like this !

I was attending the quarter of million VC auction at Antiquorum 2005,

and you could feel the excitement when it went for 446.000 CHF

And then say to yourself:

That was that, I'm through with collecting !

No money left and ONE watch !

Doc

Doc, you blew me away with this one...
07/12/2007 - 22:28
This is the most awesome vintage VC I have ever seen and a perpetual calendar on top of it... it leaves me breathless... this particular VC and a rubber strap Overseas and I could never buy another watch in my life... but
here's an in the flesh photo of this fantastically rare watch
07/12/2007 - 22:44

from the early 1930s, in fact its not a perpetual calendar but a full calendar. Lovely watch of which a similar model sold at the Quarter Millenium VC auction of 2005 for 400,000 Swiss francs!!

Somehow it looked much better in Doc's picture
07/13/2007 - 00:09
and made a bigger impression on me... with the rectangular case and blue moon phase it just looks great! Still I'd rather have a choice of VC's rather than stay with one perfect full calendar watch... I just love the chase after different VC models, it's ecstatic...
yeah I still can't get rid of my lousy pictures! As Motorhead sang
07/13/2007 - 00:23

"the chase is better than the catch"

yeah, 'catch me if you can' each chase has to have a happy end
07/13/2007 - 00:40
nt
A question I have been asking myself for some time. What path should I
07/12/2007 - 19:44

take? Sell all watches and get just one fantastic timepiece concerntrating all of VC's know how but never have a choice to wear another watch or keep watches less complicated and exclusive but have more choice.

I guess it all comes down to wanting to have choice or not....

in the flesh photo of the Malte perpetual repeater
07/12/2007 - 22:47

this may help you make up your mind :-)

sorry Doc, if I were to keep only one watch it would be
07/12/2007 - 00:39

my Patek Philippe 3445

When I got to an age where I started getting vaguely interested in watches (around 11-12), I was into collecting Swatches and trading them with my friends, I finally noticed then the watch my father was wearing. Basically he had been wearing it all my life but somehow I waited 11-12 years until I asked him to see it. It was a white metal (I thought it was in steel, I didn’t know that white gold or platinum existed!) with a grey/silver dial and a black strap. Damn it was boring! It was given to him by the late Shah of Iran in the 60s and had a great sentimental value for him. Well, very unimpressed I was and went back to my Swatches and other watches that gave you the time in red lights once you pressed a button on the side and others with lots of cool thingamajigs on them made of a much nobler material…plastic (what was great about plastic was that you could chew on the straps when you were getting really bored in maths or geography classes ). Anyway, as I grew older and started getting more and more into watches (I say watches and not horology) I got to know that Patek was a historical name and a prestegious name but what I was definately interested in was getting my father to let me wear his Rolex Oyster Date (from the 50s) since that was what I needed to impress the girls!! (Well come on guys… give me a break I was in my 20s )!! On a sad January night my father passed away and after a few days my mother presented me my father’s watch. It now had a whole different meaning for me, it was the watch I had seen my father wear all my life, it was his most personnal object and now it was on my wrist. Now, the glow of the case (I later found out that the watch was not in steel but in white gold) and the sheen of the grey/silver sunburts dial was no longer bland and boring but shone for me like a beautiful winter morning light. I was very proud to wear it, my father’s watch.  I walked taller and held my head up high, in fact it’s the watch that really got me serious in watch collecting, it put the standards high. I rarely wear this watch, only for very special occasions. I regularly take it out of the box, wind it, polish it, caress its forms and put it back. I don’t want it to become an ordinary watch, because it’s not. I don’t want to get in the marketing hype with the “You never really own a Patek Phillipe” which is a rather enerving slogan but I’m planning on giving it to my eldest son on the first major event of his adult life. I would be very proud knowing he wears his grandfather’s watch. The sentimental value of this watch is such that I would never EVER part with it.

wow, Alex, such an emotional statement, I'm speechless
07/12/2007 - 01:23
nt
Thank you Radek (nt)
07/12/2007 - 18:37

e

Alex, thank you for giving such a great gift>>>
07/12/2007 - 03:37
to all the Hour Loungers. This is from the heart and bypasses all the "if and or buts" of watch collecting. You have shared the absolute core. Being a third generation collector and looking at the Le Coultre Atmos Clock he left me, I have many of the same feelings. Welcome back. Tim
Thanks Tim, its funny how plain "objects" can have such an emotional
07/12/2007 - 18:38

effect on us

Re: sorry Doc, if I were to keep only one watch it would be
07/12/2007 - 04:25

Thanks for those wonderful evocative words, Alex,

That's how I feel about my father's watch, a lovely Tissot from the late 1940's.

I do wear it  though, at least once a month because it brings back a lot of memories and makes me a bit sad since I wish  I could see it on his wrist just one more time...

Warm Regards,

Joseph

I can relate to what you're saying Joseph (nt)
07/12/2007 - 18:38

e

Alex, I can understand your feeling.
07/12/2007 - 04:52

Nothing can beat the watch that given by my father.  It is however not a Patek.  I am not as lucky as you, Alex.  It is a mere Titoni from 60s'.  But, I value it very much.  In 60s', we can't get automatic Titoni in Malaysia.  My father asked my grandfather to buy it in Singapore for RM60 (about USD18).  It was given to me in 1986 when I found it in a drawer.  It was last serviced in 1999.  I still keep it and it tells excellent time, better than my PP , VC, AP and Lange (not in that particular order).

Sometimes, I wonder whether I am insane to pay so much to buy a watch that can't perform better than a Titoni.

Regards

Ling 

Titoni, Patek, VC or even Swatch, what matters is the memories
07/12/2007 - 18:40

attached.

It's a beauty !
07/12/2007 - 18:12

The store is so full of passion,

that it couldn't be another watch for you !

Thank you Alex for a wonderful tale.

AND it is a classic watch,

whatever name on the dial

Love you

Doc

you're right Doc, whatever the name on the dial it would still be the
07/12/2007 - 18:41

most priceless.

Very interesting story....
07/12/2007 - 19:14

about the watch, its history, its meaning to you, and the transformation from being impressed by a watch that told time in red lights when you pressed a button, to being impressed by an understated watch that most non-watch hobbyists would never notice. 

Overall, its a lovely watch, but for anyone who has lost a parent or significant other, its the memories that are attached to that item that are important.  When my Mom passed, my sister got her beautiful manual wind George Jensen Movado bracelet watch, her Rolex, and several other pieces of jewelry that I know have great meaning to her.  I got a ring that she always wore that I thought was very interesting in design (and its unisex in design).  Sorry no pix.  

My Dad is still alive and he dabbles in watch collecting though not as much as he used to.  He is the person that got me hooked on watches at a very early age by telling me about Rolex and Pateks.   The stories he told me about watches got me interested in watches by the time I was 10 years old.  By the time I was 13, I had convinced my parents to let me cash some bonds to get my first good watch, a SS GMT Master....although I mostly looked at it as I was too you to wear it to school.

Best regards,

Dino

P.S.  Here is a watch that my Dad gave to me about 3 years ago.  He used to wear it all the time so there are lots of memories attached to it.  Although, I do not wear yellow gold very often, I do make an exception for this watch. 

Thanks for sharing Dino, its always intersting to see the influence
07/12/2007 - 19:51

our parents may still have on us even though we are grown men and they have passed away.

I remember when I was 17-18 and was starting to get really intersted in watches (I didn't have the funds to buy anything significant but did read watch magazines) my father told me that it was a nice object to collect and that it was good for a young man to be passionate about something and that really clicked.

I wonder if I would be here today if we had not had that conversation!

Dino my friend,
07/12/2007 - 22:43

it's a treasure you have,

and the story ....

My dad died when I was 24 years old,

left some watches, and this still unknowned,

I'll asked about it all over,

but nobody seems to know,

stil is a favourite !

Doc

Yo Man
07/12/2007 - 22:48

sorry Doc :-)

lovely lugs, there is some VC in that one

also VC inspired .....
07/13/2007 - 08:39

very nice lugs, they remind me of this model fromVoutilainen
07/13/2007 - 10:26

Hi Doc thats a beautiful and special watch...
07/13/2007 - 18:23

Hi Doc,

Thanks for the kind words and for sharing your story about your lovely Yeoman.  It definitely has a lot of VC DNA in its design.  Maybe part of what makes that watch so appealing to you is the mystery that no one seems to have any information about that watch.  Enjoy it and thanks for sharing it with us.

Best regards,

Dino

That's one heavy watch!
07/13/2007 - 05:38

I tried one many years ago and it was quite striking. The black dial was gorgeous! 

I meant this for a response to Dino's posting (nt)
07/13/2007 - 05:43

.