I had a few questions about a Vacheron pocket watch I inherited from my grandparents.
I know that on a previous post about authenticating watches that it says if you inherited the watch it is most likely fake because of the expense and exclusivness of Vacheron. My grandparents were antique dealers and did very well for themselves in their findings and I therefore have no reason to believe that it is a fake.
I would like to find out more information about the watch. I hope to get it serviced and authenticated by Vacheron but before spending the money I would like more information about it before I do it especially for insurance reasons.
I tried to upload pictures I took of the watch but for some reason it wasnt working. I clicked on upload and then the "Send it to the server" button but it didnt work. I was able to upload one picture but not the rest. If someone could guide me I will post the pictures in the thread of this post.
About the watch (which will be seen once I can upload the picures)
1) On the face opposite the watch face- There is imprinted a crown, underneath the crown is the number 217578 and underneath that is C585 (I believe it is a C but on another face of the watch it has the same number but it looks like a 0 so I am unsure)
2) I believe that there is some type of image that is stamped beneath the watch winder
3) When I open the back face of the watch on-
On the face that is the outer casing- there is the crown, underneath that is a square with V&C on the inside, a 5 next to it and then the maltese cross next to that- underneath that is 217578 and underneath that is 0585 (Again it could be a C and not a 0)
On the face that protects the insides of the watch- it says L. Schlesinger Friedrichstrasse 62 Berlin
4) When I open up the casing to view the inner parts of the watch
On the face opposite the inner parts- there is the crown, underneath that 217578 and then underneath 0585 (again it could be a C)
On the inner parts of the watch- It is stamped with Vacheron, underneath that the maltese cross, underneath that Constantin- on the side of that is Geneve
There is also a what appears to be a meter (possible for the reserve power of the watch when it is winded)- There is a hand pointing to the meter and on top of the meter is Advance and the bottom of the meter says Retard (I believe)
Just a note- It is possible I misread numbers of words so if there is a slight difference between what I wrote above then it could be an error on my part.
Again, I hope to post the pictures of what I described above once I am advised how to.