Information

I am trying to find information on a Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Pocket Watch.

The case number is 213779 and is stamped .750 (18kt.) with an engraved date of April 7 1912.

The face is marked Theodore D. Starr, New York as is the presentation case.

By the mechanism on the side of the watch, I believe it is a repeater.  Have not opened the case to find the movement number.

Thank you, in advance for you help. 

Hi Tin Soldier, (I like the name), welcome to THL!
08/01/2011 - 10:22

A Minute Repeater with Chronometre certification from an Observatory (which would have been required in 1912) is a fantastic and rare watch.  High complication watches were rarely sent in for Observatory testing.

Please post pictures if you can.  It would be best to open the 2 back cases (cuvettes) and take pictures of them as well because markings and indications engraved inside the case and on the movement can provide a lot of detail. 

What type of additional information are you looking for?  You seem to already know quite a bit about the watch.

Best Regards, Dan

Re: Hi Tin Soldier, (I like the name), welcome to THL!
08/01/2011 - 20:43

 

Thank you, for your response.  On your advice I opened the back and found the following:

Movement Number 347962

Twenty-Nine Jewels

Adjusted to Temperature

Five Positions

I was thinking that the engraved date of April 7 1912 maybe the date the watch was presented and not the true age of it.

Based on the case and movement numbers, is there a way of determining the age of the watch?

It has been sitting in my dresser since the mid 80s; with the price of gold what it is I’m also trying to determine its value.

I will take pictures. Where should I post them?

Again thank you.

Bob

Hi Bob, you can post pictures right here
08/02/2011 - 01:16

To post pictures:

1. click on the "Image" icon (which which is in the second row of icons, fifth from the left, that appears when you make a post)

2. You will see 4 tabs in the new window that pops up, select the 3rd one from the left, "upload"

3. Select "browse" and select the picture you want from your computer and

4. Select "Upload"

5.  After the picture has been uploaded, you can select the size - I usually use 480x640 or something close to those dimensions.

Looking forward to seeing you pictures.

You can contact the VC Concierge, provide him with the case and movement serial numbers.  After some research, he can provide you with information on the year that watch was made.  You can find the "Contact Our Concierge" icon on the upper right-hand side of VC's website (make sure you selected North America as your region).

If what your looking for is an appraisal of the monetary value of your watch, it would be best to contact one of the major auction houses, i.e. Antiquorum, Christie's, Sotheby's, etc.

BR, Dan