Just a quick question

Hello everyone,

To be honnest I am quite impressed to post in the Hour Lounge. I am quite new to the world of beautiful watches and am trying to start a very humble antique watch collection of my own. I have also just discovered the amazing craftmanship of V&C and can only admire the great amount of work and creativity beyond those beautiful timepieces. Chances are high I will never have the chance (and the money) to own one of those beauties (especially when my favorite is the very pretty 1914 lady wristwatch) but hey, looking is already something Just a quick question

So here is my question, and I must state I have already read Shady Joe's post on how to recognize a fake V&C Just a quick question

I have found this auction on ebay (OK, I know it starts quite badly). Don't know if I am allowed to post the link here but here it is:

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My first opinion would be it is not a real one (the lugs look especially thin and not of a very good quality to me). As for the movement I am not as much a specialist as you all seem to be, being able to recognize a V&C movement at first sight! Plus, if I refer to the serial number on the movement, it would place the production of this watch between 1920 and 1925...

But, I just want to make sure I am not passing something here.

Anyway, thanks very much for your help.
Thats what they look like
10/08/2008 - 21:10
Not bad for a watch that is some 85 years old. Back in the day, the first wrist watches were ladies pocket watches with wire lugs soldered onto the case. That watch actualy looks pretty original to me. The one way to check is to take the six digit number from the case and the movement and ask Vacheron if it matches their records. Often the scam on ebay is not that the watch is fake, but the ad itself. Be careful.
LOL, we must have answered at the same time!
10/08/2008 - 21:26
nt
Re: Just a quick question
10/08/2008 - 21:24
V&C began producing wristwatches in 1911 as conversions from pocket watches.  Yours seems typical of such a conversion with wire lugs added and the dial/hands repositioned to work with the new side crown position. The movement is correct for the period and the case markings appear legitimate.  I'm just not sure if your date is correct?  Perhaps one of our vintage experts can respond (hello Doc, you out there?) Here is a picture of the same movement from a 1929 tank wristwatch.
Re: Re: Just a quick question
10/09/2008 - 01:07
Thank you both for your answers. So it could be the real thing How do I get in touch with Vacheron & Constantin to check about the serial number? I just pick up my phone and call or is there an email address I can use? Once again thank you very much for your advice.
Oups...
10/09/2008 - 01:15
sorry, just realised I keep on referring to Vacherin & Constantin when it's now Vacheron Constantin...
the case and movment numbers match, the watch dates from 1922 (nt)
10/09/2008 - 11:05
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Thanks
10/09/2008 - 13:22
Wow, thank you very much Alex for your answer. I will let you know the outcome of this "auction". Have a nice day everyone!
Not this time...
10/12/2008 - 14:20
Did not get the watch... maybe another time. But I definitely think that I will start and save for my first VC (even a beautiful second-hand one)
Be careful....
10/12/2008 - 19:26
once you go Vacheron, you'll never go back!