information about a vintage watch

I have a watch given to me by my grandfather that im trying to establish some info on. The number on the back of the case is 327826 and the number on the internals are493315.  p453/3b. Im not sure how to post pics but my profile pic is the watch. Thanks for any help.
Re: information about a vintage watch
06/17/2013 - 03:42
Re: Re: information about a vintage watch
06/17/2013 - 03:45
your watch dates from 1951. What kind of info are you
06/17/2013 - 11:32
looking for?
Re: your watch dates from 1951. What kind of info are you
06/17/2013 - 17:49
Any information really I know nothing about watches other than what I've read in the past few days. Is it worth restoring?Value? I took it to vc in my area to get a history and am waiting. It does work I'm not sure how many winds to go though. The watch has a personnel engraving on the back and I'm sure this hurts the value.
The design is very 1950s, the bracelet is an after market and I'm
06/17/2013 - 21:25
not sure it is gold as the back looks like metal. Value is extremely difficult based on photos and we do not provide quotes and I suggest you contact an auction house
Re: The design is very 1950s, the bracelet is an after market and I'm
06/17/2013 - 22:23
Yes it was a Chinese after market band. I'm having trouble figuring out what to do every watch store I visit tells me a different story. Believe it or not the vacheron constantin store told me it was from the 40s or prior witch didn't make sense to me. The 6 digit number on the case back means its pre 50s from my readings. This was left to me by my grandfather 15 years ago so I know nothing about watches and it's tough finding a true expert in my area. Do you recommend getting it refurbished? If so do I only go thru VC? Or are there any any VC experts in the Los Angeles area? Thanks for the info I appreciate your time and expertise as I do not want to make a irreversible mistake or take it to the wrong person.
Search the forum on the P453 and you will find some info
06/18/2013 - 00:45
It was a great and very widely used movement in the 1940s and 1950s.  As far as getting it serviced, if it just needs to be cleaned and lubricated, any competent watchmaker shoud be able to do that for not a lot of expense.  If it has major problems and needs service and replacement parts fabricated by Vacheron it will probably cost you more at than the value of he watch.  You can look at the auction history for time only watches of that era at Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum, and figure out what it is worth. If you are going to keep it you may want to get rid of the bracelet and get a nice leather/alligator band and a regular buckle.
Re: Search the forum on the P453 and you will find some info
06/18/2013 - 01:47
Thanks will do. And I already got a leather strap.