Mercator - Looking for the variations

Hi fellas
I am interested in the Mercator.  I would like to learn more.  Can I tap into the depths of your knowledge and see if we can have a thread here that highlights as many of the variations in terms of dials and cases etc of this stunning creation?  Of course I would welcome all pictures!

Happy watching
some variations on Mercator, others please chip in and complete
10/25/2011 - 12:07

Here's an article on VC alternative time displays with a large section dedicated to the Mercator click here I do not have official information but according to my calculations the Mercator (made between 1994-2004) was made in only 638 pieces!!!

I don't have the ventilation of the different case/dial combinations but considering that the original enamel dial models were made in 50 pieces (38 for the Africa/Europe/Asia dial and 12 for the Americas) and about 100 were made for different markets (this is a rough guess) this means that the regular production models were made in 488 pieces divided between yellow gold and platinum cases and dials representing either Africa/Europe/Asia or the Americas. The dials representing the Americas were produced in lower numbers than the other map.

 This is incredibly limited for a regular production model!! Africa/Europe/Asia dial in yellow gold

Vacheron Mercator  same in platinum original release from 1994 Americas with enamel dial North America limited edition in platinum France limited edition in platinum Japan limited edition platinum Chinese Zodiac in yellow gold Special limited edition with dial of Siam in platinum. N°1 was offered to the King of Thailand Special edition Thailand with dial of Siam in yellow gold Unique Enzo in platinum

God, I love that Ferrari watch...
10/25/2011 - 18:28
it's so refreshing and reminds me of the possibilities with unique designs heart
Surprising myslef
10/25/2011 - 18:39
With this range of watches, I surprised myself by taking a liking for the yellow gold versions as well as the platinum.  Usually that would be too gold for me, but here it works. Do you know if there was a China version to the dial?  Somehow I have this in the back of my mind. Thanks, justindependent
Mercator China and Hong Kong
10/25/2011 - 19:05
found these photos Hong KongMercator Vacheron Constantin China
Two of my grail watches in one post, what are
10/25/2011 - 21:00
you trying to do to me! The Mercator embodies all that is V&C to me. The artistry, execution, inventiveness and of mechanical excellence plus that elusive quality that really cannot be put into words. True classics. Thanks for sending me off into watch wishing for the rest of the day!! Best to all who reside in this wonderful place, Tim
Another thread
10/25/2011 - 18:45
Bill from another watch website also had some details on the Mercator with these twin retrograde hands and its replacement.  There are quite a few countries and regions represented as limited editions (as if this watch is not limited enough!!) What a stunning piece.  The artwork is incredible.  Alex can you tell me who does the enamel and painting?  is it their "go to lady" for such work?
The dials were made by Jean and Lucie Genbrugge in
10/25/2011 - 19:07
Belgium. Its the same who do the dial of the Tribute to the Great Explorers
Re: Mercator - Looking for the variations
10/26/2011 - 04:13
Here's mine: Portugal and Iberia The names of the artists are in one of the photos. Joseph
Two more ...
10/26/2011 - 15:20
of those beauties: Europe (LE 10) Germany (LE 10) and not to forget the backside (JLC): Very nice topic! Oliver
10/26/2011 - 18:21
Thanks Oiver! Its about time someone showed us a good backside! hahaha!   Can I ask why it looks like the base movement is quite a lot smaller than the case (the winding whell is as wide as the case allows but movement is not)  Except that I can see that just under the dial there is a modification that is much wider than the movement.  Sorry does that make sense?  The section just under the dial I assume is what makes the 2 retrograde hands work.  Is this correct?
cal 1120 is constructed as such. to be as thin as possible the
10/26/2011 - 18:49
rotor is not on top of the movement but somwhat "around" it, which explains the rail. Cal 120 was at the time of release in 1967 the thinnest automatic at 2.45mm thickvacheron constantin 1120
2.45mm thick, :-) (nt)
10/26/2011 - 20:42
correction made :-) thanks for the heads up
10/26/2011 - 22:50
I love the Mercator!
10/27/2011 - 14:58
And I doubt I will ever part with mine! The only "beef" I have with it is the rotor. I feel they could have done a little more with it like the one used in the Saltarello.
justin, i have been vying the mercator for 2 years....
10/28/2011 - 08:01
and they haven't popped up in the auction for a while ! as u know, i am a sucker for engraving more than enamelling, judging by my love for vianney's handwork, i am also looking for the yellow gold or platinum regular productions. however, i have grown to like the enamel on gold , the combination is very luxurious . i have found one in hong kong which is a 50pcs 1997 hong kong commerotative hand-over limited edition which features the map of china. because of price, i am leaving that as a last desperate resort. however, if u are interested, please mail me if u are interested.