"Jubile" on Vintage Vacheron?


I have a vintage Vacheron manual wind rectangle watch with a hinged case. The movement, besides being engraved with maker and serial numer, has "Jubile" engraved (with the quotation marks). Anyone have any idea what this represents?

Thanks for any enlightenment,

Dirik Lolkus

"Jubile" on Vintage Vacheron?

"Jubile" on Vintage Vacheron?

"Jubile" on Vintage Vacheron?

Hello Dirik and wellcome yo Hour Lounge,
02/28/2008 - 16:33

I hope you will "hang around" here in the future.

What I can give you is a qualified guess.

Art Deco watches from Vacheron&Constantin, are my main interest,

and there are many similar to yours.

About "Jubile", it could be that in 1935 the firm celebrated 150 years !

Yes, you are reading right, because at that time the firm was dated back to 1785.

It was first after the WWII, that it was found in the City of Geneva's register,

that it actually was started 1755 !

Your watch has the numbers on both movement of case,

which indicates middle of 30's, so this would be my guess

Congrats to very handsome watch, quite rare with black dials at that time !


Doc is correct, your watch dates from 1935 which at the time
02/28/2008 - 19:16

was what the brand thought was its 150th anniversary. The VC registers do not show that the movement was made with the "Jubilé" inscription however since it dates from 1935 it is the only logical explanation.

VC however did produce an official Jubilee watch in 1935:

Re: Doc is correct, your watch dates from 1935 which at the time
02/28/2008 - 19:59

Thanks for the info...to a certain point (and with all the original parties involved long goneto their rewards), I guess it will remain a mystery...maybe a certain guerilla movement among the watchmakers decided to take it upon themselves to engrave these movements for their own satisfaction! At any rate, what I find interesting is that these eariler movements were only marked with the maker's name and the serial number...I wonder why they didn't mark them with number of jewels, adjustments etc? I have seen enough old pocket watches and contemporary movement pictures to believe that it wasn't an unusual practise at the time to engrave that additional info. on the movement...perhaps Vac heron was in a minimalist mood at the time and figured that the movement would be the advertising and not the information engraved on it! It is fun to speculate...but I do love a hinged case on a vintage wristwatch, especially one made by the maker and not a third party!

its a mysterious yet great looking watch :-) The black dial also makes
02/28/2008 - 20:19

it quite rare. It also looks rather big (for the time), what are the dimansions?

Welcome to the Lounge Dirik

This is it.
02/28/2008 - 21:34

Often you see on "simpler" VC's in the 30's, with no signs of jewels or anything else,

just the number.

These are bot from 1936 and in 18K yellow gold, so they weren't especially cheap at the time,

but still VC had more exclusive watches, especially movements that were more worked with.

And the movement.

Another from 1936.

Still a beautiful watch, but quite simple movement.

And this the real thing, very, very exclusive, made in brushed rosé gold (!), with applicated yellow gold figures,

1937, when Vacheron&Constantin only made 439 watches during the whole year !

And the movement is more worked and also number of jewels.

Hope you see the difference.

You can also compare how near the numbers of the movements are to yours.

Calibers werent in use at that time.

Concerning the "Jubile" it could also be meaning anything,

my idea was just that it coincidenced with the jubilée of VC


I believe that the watches with no indication of timing and adjustance
02/28/2008 - 21:43

were meant for export as certain countries taxed the watches with such indications.

Darned Customs...
02/28/2008 - 21:58

Oh, wait I munite, I work for Customs & Broder Protection in the U.S...never mind. My watch is 25mm x 40mm...a good size for a vintage and that is accentuated by the fact that the case is slightly curved.

Thanks for all the help!


Re: This is it.
02/28/2008 - 21:49

Thanks for the clarification and the examples...some beautiful watches...and it makes sense that VC would have an entry level series of watches...kind of like the way General Motors used to have a series of marques to get the young buyer and keep him in a GM car until he couldn't drive anymore (progressing from Chevrolet to Cadillac). Of course, anybody having enough money to buy a gold watch at all in the middle of a world-wide depression at the time wasn't your average consumer! I particularly like your rose gold model...that is a great color in a brushed look!


Thanks Dirik!
02/28/2008 - 23:00

This is one of Alex's favourites, and mine also

It's from 1939, wears import marks for London, you know those wonderful Englishmen,

they had not an import mark for Great Britain, no, instead the towns had their own!

Mint condition and a beautiful movement.

The inside of the case, with it's hallmarks

Fromthe top you can see the Genva lady sign and under more clear the London hallmarks D....

And a movement Vacheron&Constantin was apparently satisfied with

but no number of jewels ! On the other hand an early Caliber 203.

When it comes to Vacheron&Constantin, you never can be sure of anything.

Sometimes they marked the dial Vacheron et Constantin, nowadays VacheronConstantin...

For  long time they didn't care about the Geneva Seal, see below, Alex's article,

and then in the 50's, they began sometimes to use the Geneva Seal, and sometimes not,

even if it was fullfilling the Seal quality

There in the right corner you can see the Geneva Seal. This movement from 50's.


02/28/2008 - 23:18

I love the voluptuous case-sides of that watch (I wonder if I told my wife that I liked a watches' "voluptuous case-sides" because they remind of of her...if she'd let me buy the watch or else belt me...those Sicilians can be pretty unpredictable!). I kind of enjoy the British marking system...with their regional centers and gold-smith guild marks and so forth...kind of cool to be able to date a case by the marks...and to identify where it was assayed...and, on domestic product, often who the case maker was...and think that they've been doing it that way for over a thousand years...now that's tradition. Some very clean movements in those scans! I am somewhat familiar with the Geneve Seal...always a nice little indicator of quality...if you already aren't convinced by the finishing (geneva stripes, how the jewels are set and so forth). I like quirks in industrial products...makes them seem more human to me somehow...it's nice too know that VC will always have a little bit of mystery to them and that not all answers will be forthcoming!