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Approximately 6 months ago I acquired the following VC watch from my Jeweller and I will include the original photo provided by him.

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At that time I did considerable searches and asked for help on relative forums to see if people could identify this model. I received good advice and some ideas of the model it could be. I decided to send it to VC in Switzerland for a complete overhaul without any idea of the model as I was taken back by its beauty and classic design.

I received the watch back just yesterday and I must say it looks brand new and I must congratulate VC for a job well done.

Here is a comparable photo of the watch when it came back.

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The side...

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and the back....

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I am sorry for the dark pictures but I will post better pictures in the near future. I just wanted to share the excitement.

Now the interesting part, I hope !

VC provided the reference number, X31J1010 and verified it to be authentic with serial number 529480. I used the internet provided approx. manufacture date and calculated it to be approx. 1956. If I am right then this happens to coincide with my birth year and it would truly be a twist of fate. I would appreciate if someone on the forum could verify my findings and if incorrect I still am happy to have such a wonderful timepiece and will hold on to this very classic design.

I must add that this timepiece is small compared to todays fashions and may not find favour with some but I truly appreciate the classic design and miniature movement. It is without doubt a gentlemen's watch and the size , though representative of the time, is both practical and stunning when on the wrist underneath a nice fitting dress shirt.

I hope you enjoyed the presentation and any information or comments would be appreciated.

Best regards,


Hi Victor !
06/09/2007 - 21:59

Wonderful, just wonderful!

These stories are gold worth,

to me and all aficionados

About the watch, just send a letter to the

Maison Vacheron Constantin,

or give them a call.

They will gadly give you the information

Vacheron Constantin Boutique 7, Quai de l'Ile 1204 Geneva Tel : 41 22 316 17 40 Fax : 41 22 316 17 41


Re: Hi Victor !
06/10/2007 - 17:23

Thank you very much for the kind words and the information. I will most certainly get in contact with VC.



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06/10/2007 - 03:16

A very nice story, Victor. VC watches seem to have a capability to really bond people's mind! By the way, could you please let me know for how long VC in Switzerland took to complete the overhaul work?



good to have it back :-) Is it cal 1003? I would think that your watch
06/10/2007 - 15:31

dates from the 70s as the name on the dial is vacheron Constantin and not Vacheron & Constantin.

Its a great watch and truly epitomises Vc's classical designs

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06/10/2007 - 17:26

I was quoted 12 weeks and it came back in 12 weeks looking as good as new. It was well worth the wait.



12 Weeks??!!??
06/11/2007 - 06:06

I just sent a watch to VC New York.  This week I got the confirmation that it is to be sent to Geneva for service.  The letter quotes:

6 to 8 weeks for work proposal


34 to 38 weeks after that to complete the work!

Re: 12 Weeks??!!??
06/11/2007 - 07:24

As experienced with another major Swiss watchmaker, it was very similar to what Michael has mentioned...10-12 weeks for proposal. Then, if agreed, approx. 6 more months are needed, really making a 12-week duration very short to me!!!