i saw this on the "Bay" and decided to put it on my "Watch List". It was a 7-day auction that ended on Dec. 30th. Nobody bid on it, so I took a crack at the last minute, offering the minimum. Lo and behold, it became mine. It arrived Monday afternoon and I've been playing with it, just holding it in my hand.
I just got word from our dear Alex that this Ref. 4928 was produced in 1962 and this info was actually a relief because I did what one should not do: I purchased from an unknown seller BEFORE checking the serial numbers.
At first I went back and re-read Alex's excellent post on VC's coin watch production,
I couldn't find any watch with this coin, minted in 1895. There are versions coined in 1893, 1899 and 1904 that have shown up in various Refs. over the years, but not 1895. Alex started off his post by saying "This is an almost exhaustive list of Vacheron Constantin's production of watches placed in coins. If you have any other information please do provide." I generally don't believe I'm that special or lucky in terms of finding a previously unknown piece. So warning bells rang in my head. Plus the seller did not post pictures of the movement, serial numbers, markings, etc.
Yet, the dial and hands looked authentic and I couldn't really imagine that somebody would/could counterfeit the details of the case and creating a franken coin watch this good would not be in anybody's interest. Therefore, I pulled the trigger and am VERY HAPPY with the gamble. The watch is immaculate and the hinges are nice and stiff. The release mechanism is also in great shape. I opened the back of the case and found a beatufiful cal 1003 inside that has been running very well for the past two days.
So without further adieu, I present my Ref. 4928, $20 Coin watch:
Ref. 4928 was introduced in 1951 with a 9-ligne calibre, which was later replaced with cal 1003 in later production pieces of this Ref.
I decided to buy this watch because I always wanted a skeletonized version of this coin, pocket watch, to be my piece with Cal. 1003. I love the idea of having a watch that looks and feels like a coin in my pocket that can tell the time! It just tickles the geek in me. . After years of searching, I only found one so far (at auction) but I lost that by by a significant amount. I became resigned to never getting one, so I moved on to getting the Structura, which is heavily engraved and not skeletonized. But the itch to get a Coin was too irresistible.