Hello everyone, im looking for as much information as I can find on this watch. H38200, 17 rubis, model 96510. It seems to be very rare, cant find anything about it online. Thanks in advance!
PS: Coin dated 1904, and I know it was made in the 70's
In the late 50s (as soon as the caliber 1003 was available and being at the time the world's thinest manual wind movement only 2.5mm thick!) VC created their first wrist watch where the watch was actually placed in a $20 gold coin. New references were created in the 60 throughout the 80s but always on the same principle (a small amount of watches placed in a 50 Mexican Pesos coin were also produced). In the 80s a number of pocket watches were also launched. In the 80s other brands started creating coin watches such as Piaget and Corum but as far as I know the movements were not as thin as the 1003. In the late 90s early 2000 VC decided to complicate things and created a model based on the same principle but skeletonized and skeletonising sich a thin movement is a feat and a challenge.
I particularly like the construction of this timepiece which looks as if you're wearing a coin on the wrist (!) even the crown is hidden in the coin and I like the way the top of the coin unhinges and the watch is lifted to reveal itsself. The case construction is rather interesting as 2 coins are necessary, the first is drilled and the movement subsequently fitted into it, serving as a regular "case" a second coing is then cut and fitted atop the case and acts as the cover!
this article on skeletonizing may interest you click here to read the article