More than just a pretty face?

We all know VC watches are works of art.  The movements are well polished and filed, decorated and very nice to look at. The watch themselves are works of art, assembled and made by VC watchmakers with the pride of Artisans of old.

But, what about the reliability? Are VC watches made to withstand the rigors of daily wear?  Does VC do research into making sure their movements are robust?   What type of testing does VC put their watches through? Quality control?

It is great if a watch and the watch's movement looks great, but all that is fruitless if the watch does not do it's primary function, and that is to keep accurate, reliable time for the wearer who wears his watch on his wrist day end and day out.

VC has a great web page, but not much about the whole manufacturing, testing, QC, and movements ruggedness. 

Appreciate the Feedback.   

VC has been considered one of the greatest houses for 252 years thats
10/05/2007 - 21:34

because their watches are not only beautiful but also resistant and reliable!

VCs of course are made for everyday wear and there is no problems as long as your everyday life style doesn't consist of violent sports :-)

some past links on the manufacture:

a peak into the complications department:

pictoral visit of VC

a visit to VC part 1

a visit to VC part 2

Re: VC has been considered one of the greatest houses for 252 years thats
10/05/2007 - 22:35

Alex,  Thank for the reply, info and links!

Any info on testing that VC does.  For example, IWC and JLC catalogs show all the stringent testing that they put their watches and movements through to insure waterproofness, accuracy, protection from the elements, etc...   Or some manufactures send their watches out on expeditions or sporting events to test/promote their watches.  VC do any of this?

What type ot research and development, and then testing does VC put their watches through?

Just trying to get as much info about what goes into a VC watch as I can!


VC is not in the same market as IWC or JLC where
10/06/2007 - 02:06

their "professional" watches are out through killer tests to prove robustness. Vacheron doesn't really need that to sell its watches, their market is for fine, exclusive timepieces made with the utmost care and attention to detail.

As Doc said he has watches which are 90 years old and still functionning...that says it all.

once cased all watches are tested for 2-3 weeks to make
10/06/2007 - 10:59

sure that they are running well, accurate, waster resistant etc...

They last forever!
10/06/2007 - 00:47

I am especially intersted in Vacheron&Constantin from the art deco period,

and do have several watches( you can check my posts and see some of them)

They always works!

They can lay in the vault at the Bank for a year and I just wind them up,

and the works as good as a new watch.

We are talking about watches that are 90-70 years old.

As every day watch I have a two year old Dual Time Regulator,

and I live on the countryside.

I have bathed with it (which Alex has forbidden),

working in the wood and garden etc etc

This week I have used this one from 1939,

every day!

I think that is in some way an answer to your question.

I know JLC makes a big number about their 1000 hour test, which I think is good,

I had a Master Compressor for a year, but it's not the same as a VC....

And you don't really buy a VC for working with a chain saw,

but I have done it



You WHAT??????
10/06/2007 - 02:07

And you don't really buy a VC for working with a chain saw, but I have done it

I'll just pretend I didn't read that

But, read this ... :-)
10/06/2007 - 04:05

Once I played basketball in the backyard of my house with my Historiques Chronograph on my wrist! And that was after three or four hours of hard drinking! Something got wrong and it stopped the next day (well, that's when I realised). It took a week in a local watchmaker to find out what happened and it's fixed.

I'm happy again.

But I swear I'd never drink again in my backyard wearing any of my VCs.



ROTFLMAO !!! (nt)
10/06/2007 - 09:48


Re: What does ROTFLMAO mean?
10/06/2007 - 18:48


Roll On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off :-) (nt)
10/06/2007 - 19:05


Re: Roll On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off :-) (nt)
10/07/2007 - 07:14


Now i am in the picture


Shaking my head in disbelief !! :-)
10/06/2007 - 10:58

My Overseas (old version) has been subjected to some fairly heavy use.
10/06/2007 - 11:59

It has functioned very nicely through immersion in various sources of water and some moderately active sports (softball, frisbee, etc.). I realized that it used the same G-P movement that G-P uses in its most rugged sports watches, so I felt that I didn't need to "baby" it.

As for accuracy, I had to have it serviced and regulated soon after I got it, but once it settled down it has run within a second per day (note that it, unlike most Vacherons, is certified as a chronometer). It has a weakness, which is a tendency to get slightly magnetized and start gaining about ten seconds per day, but demagnetization has so far been a reliable solution to the problem.

I don't have personal experience of the modern JLC movements that are more typically found in VCs (or VC's current manufacture movements). I have another VC with the old 1120 movement, and it's a very reliable timekeeper. It's in a much more fragile case, so I try to keep it out of situations in which it will be knocked around.

Re: More than just a pretty face?
10/08/2007 - 12:49

Thanks for all the feedback.

Doc, that is great to hear how you use your watch!

I think it is ridiculous when I see people pay thousands and thousands of dollars and then baby the watch, hardly wear it, and/or keep it locked up in a safe or on a winder most of the time.

A watch is meant to be worn.  One should not have to take it off, except for the most extreme environments or unless doing construction work around masonary!  

Great to see the watches being worn.  As I stated, will be getting an Overseas in the very near future and I plan on using this watch as it was intended, Overseas travel.  Swimming, trekking, motorbike riding, etc....