A wee update, just got the quotes in for both watches, around Usd 3000 for the Overseas and Usd 2000 for the Royal Eagle. What was a surpirse were the following notes on the report :
COMPLETE SERVICE MANDATORY - MOVEMENT IS STUCK AND DIRTY
- DIAL HAS MARKS AT 7 , 11
- DUST UNDER THE DIAL
- HANDS ARE RUSTY
- DENTS ON CASE AT 11
- WATCH IS OPENED
- SCRATCHES ON MOVEMENT SCREW AND BACK SCREW
- BACK SCREW HOLE IS DAMAGED - WRONG SCREWDRIVER USED
- BRACELET IS WRONGLY POLISHED
The overseas has been to Vacheron COnstantin in Switzerland on the previous two occassions it stopped working, no-one else has touched it. This in my opinion does to some extent bring into question the integrity of the previous repairs. How can a watch that is only eight years old and is used around 40 hours a year and never neen in water have internal rust and dust under the dial? when not being worn its kept in its original box in a safe.
The Royal Eagle does not appear to have the same issues but its anyway a Usd 2000 repair, this watch is around 6 years old and also kept in a safe in its orginal box. What concerns me is that I have never had an issue with any of my other watches all of which are stored in a similar way, These include GP,IWC,Omega,Rolex, Oris & Tag. Other than looking at being Usd 5000 light to get these watches up and running I am based on the comments from the authorised dealers workshop, Im quite concerned about the integrity of the servicing in Geneve. Does anyone think it may be worthwhile contact VC in Geneve on these issues? Would they be concerned that incorrect tools and processes appear to have been used ?
Id welcome and appreciate some feedback from other Vacheron owners, I'd like to regain some faith in the brand as they are beautiful time pieces but reliability and service integrity appears to be in question,Regards Paul