A little correction about driver's watch!

Hi Michael,

Once again gongratulations to your fantastic chronograph.
It hit me today, that when you wrote driver's watch 1921, 
I think you mean the American of 1921, and now released again.
That's not a drivers watch.
To my knowledge there wasn't created any driver's watches until the next decade.
You were supposed to wear them on the "edge" of your wrist,
so you could see the time by not moving the hand from the steering wheel !!
Thats why they are so small and curved.

First pic is from "World of Vacheron Constantin" and the second from "Secrets of Vacheron Constantin".

I would love to have one of those , especially the first one (also the last on next pic) !
But I would also like to have the new 1921 A little correction about driver's watch!

A little correction about driver's watch!

A little correction about driver's watch!

Sorry if I'm wrong A little correction about driver's watch!


you are correct Doc, driver's watches are made to be worn on the
12/13/2008 - 19:10
side of the wrist as to prevent the driver from taking his hand off the steering wheel to check the watch. 
Like this one :-)
12/13/2008 - 20:41

à tout à l'heure Doc

How 'bout a non VC Driver watch...
12/13/2008 - 22:20
not mine...
Oh, that must be a parking meter watch :-) (nt)
12/14/2008 - 00:43
Re: How 'bout a non VC Driver watch...
12/14/2008 - 07:27
Rob, That one looks like it might have a built-in radar detector as well! All the Best, Tom
one of the coolest and best thought out watches ever! (nt)
12/14/2008 - 10:46
Or like this
12/13/2008 - 22:56
Here in the states, prior to the side wrist drivers watch, was the pocket watch conversion. This is a Waltham from 1913 that was basically a modified ladies watch. You could read the time while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. The case is silver, and the movement is highly decorated in the American style and it still keeps excellent time.
Aren't they classics,
12/14/2008 - 00:45
in some way in the New World? I seen them before and would really see one in the flesh Cheers Doc
here's another one even though I doubt it was originally meant to be a
12/14/2008 - 12:19
diver's watch
Another Good Day.
12/14/2008 - 06:20
Thanks for the information Doc. I cannot recall where I heard the 1921 called a drivers watch (obviously erroneously) but it stuck in my head . I imagined the watch strapped on the outside of one’s jacket on the wrist side and with the drivers hands at three and nine o'clock would allow the watch to be easily read. When I place the watch in that position (in my mind’s eye) it is clear that watch would need to be rotated in the other direction to be easier to read. In fact, the 1921 style case would be harder to read in this situation . I very much appreciate everyone’s attention to detail in the Hour Lounge, especially you Doc . I know I have found the best forum where I can learn and contribute to the enjoyment of Vacheron watches. I look forward to many corrections in the future. Mike S.
Hi Michael!
12/14/2008 - 12:18
I'm glad you took it as a man  and thanks for your too kind words Cheers Doc
Maybe here......?
12/15/2008 - 18:04
You might be recalling this thread....American 1921 post.  We had a good discussion about the mysterious purpose of the 1921 design.
Blame it on Canada.
12/16/2008 - 00:22
Ah so it is you I need to blame for my public humiliation, now in front of the CEO of Vacheron Constantin! Just kidding of course. It is possible this is where I obtained my information but my mistake is my own. I hope you enjoy your wonderful ice blue sky in Edmunchuck. Here in sunny Fargo, ND we just dug out from the biggest blizzard in ten years. I was last in Edmonton about eight years ago. I actually purchased an IWC tuning fork watch from a watch store downtown, the name of which escapes me. Edmonton  is always a fun city to visit....in the summer. All the best. From an expatriot Canuck (Winnepegonian at that) Mike S.
That would be Swedish Jewellers....
12/16/2008 - 03:31
The original owners, before you visited, were a great mom & pop operation where I got my first Rolex, an early Explorer.  The 2nd owner profited from my ignorance in a trade for a Date model.  After that I swore to learn more about collecting watches (vs just possessing them) which ultimately led to Vacheron PS, I have a "few" relatives in Fargo - Albrecht is my surname.  PPS, I lived in Winnipeg until about 1968 (Charleswood) and my wife has family there too.  Three degrees of separation?