Keeping time !

This is an old quarter repeater from 1827,

six years after Napolen's death and

long before the American civil war 1861–1865.

I never tested the accuracy of it.

Saturday I wind it at 9:45 in the evening,

and checked it 11:30 next morning,

about 14 hours after.

It had gained 2 minutes !!

Keeping time !

Keeping time !

Actually when screwing this watch you are a bit scared...Keeping time !

Compared with my latest aqusition,

the "famous" seadweller,

it gains 10 s each 24 hours....

Keeping time !

Ladies and gentlemen,

your conclusions of 181 years of evolution Keeping time !



Great comparaison :-) Me thinks that the COSC on your Rolex
05/26/2008 - 17:26

isn't justified if the watch gains 10s /day!!

I'll never get tired of looking at your watch :-)

I'm currently doing some research on jump hour watches and it seems that Breguet was the 1st to use this type of indication in the early 19th century...using Vacheron movements!!

one of my fav jump hour watch ...............
05/26/2008 - 19:03

nothing fancy though.

been complaining of the ever-escalating watch prices, the mention of jump hour reminds me of this one that is reasonably-priced and  has been with me for the longest time, the good old reliable ETA modified cal G7500. cheap and good !

comes with fluted case and cute decorated crown.

Alex my dearest friend!
05/26/2008 - 20:16

I have, as you, felt, and what you express,

the underestimate of Vacheron.

I mean Breguet was  our times Journe, but also dangerously close to Mille....

Who is not even a watchmaker, just a designer, letting AP through R&P make his "watches"...

What I say, and stand for, is that marketing was exactly as important at Breguet's time.

How many watches did HE make ?

I'm sure that Journe have created more by his own hand than Breguet ever did.

What you say and all VC aficionados know, is that Breguet had never gained his importance without VC !

Yep, I'm deadly envious for three things:

  • Tourbillon by Breguet
  • Selfwinding watch by Harwood
  • Whaterproof by Rolex

That I would have seen another company made some of....

BUT the first company who made "series",

which ment changeable parts was Vacheron&Constantin,

strangely never mentioned!

Still I love that it was the only luxury watchmaker,

who never declined to make cheap watches to survive,

even though ithey was very near the abyss !

It's called class !



exactly! this leads us back once again to VC's marketing (or lack
05/26/2008 - 20:25

thereof) in the 80s-90s where every brand was flaunting its goods and VC decided to remain under the radar

I never thought I would say such a thing but thank goodness things are changing and VC is finally showing its heritage, even though not enough. Like you I'm surprised that the father of horological standardisation: G.A. Leschot is never mentionned and he was the 3rd Musketeer without whom Vacheron and Constantin would not have become the world class act the brand is today.

G.A. Leschot, was the jump to future !
05/27/2008 - 00:06


the pocket watch is amazing and the dweller iconic. u have good taste.
05/26/2008 - 19:05

enjoy them in good health .

Merci :-)
05/26/2008 - 20:16


I like this pocket watch, and you know why
05/26/2008 - 22:09

What do you mean by "when screwing this watch, you are a bit scared..."?

Thank you


Yep. 181 years old mainspring....
05/27/2008 - 00:04


Reading your first few sentences...
05/27/2008 - 00:46

makes me feel that I am happily reading a watch ads from VC. History based on VC timeline is always interesting to remember!

Regards, Joe