This must be the rarest of all the Overseas models

Steel chronometer Overseas made in the early 2000 for left handers. Unique piece (now part of the Vacheron Constantin museum) 

This must be the rarest of all the Overseas models

Installed in my memory...
06/17/2007 - 21:22
is the fact that there were 3 of these left-handed Overseas chronometers made. Can you please get confirmation from VC about which is the correct number? Thanks, Bill
Hi Bill, VC tells me only one was made but could it be
06/17/2007 - 21:34

that 3 different dials existed?

I'll check again

Bill you are correct. Just got confirmation that only 3 were made (nt)
06/20/2007 - 18:10


Maybe Bill, but you have
06/19/2007 - 00:19

the nicest dial on yours


Though that watch is rarer...
06/19/2007 - 03:28
I would not be tempted to trade it for my blue dial-Arabic number Overseas Chronometer. It was my first VC and a cornerstone of my collectioin. Bill
Yep :-)
06/19/2007 - 20:27


06/18/2007 - 02:59

Last week while I was taking the train to work (wearing my old Overseas chronograph), I saw that the gentleman sitting accross was wearing the normal (for right-hander) version of the above watch.  At first, I noticed that the bracelet looked the same as with my watch.  At first I thought it was just a look alike watch since you hardly bump into anyone wearing a VC here.  Then, straining to see the dial, I managed to make out the semi-circular VC logo.  I was probably the only one who knew about the nice watch the man was wearing (and it was good to know that I was not alone)...

Yesterday, I was just taking a lazy day off, visiting some retailers (one had a PG Jubilee on display) and my favorite AD (to see if they could somehow get a boutique Contemporaine - no luck) and to talk about this year's Japan LE (another coincidence?).  Along the way, I passed by a shop which sold pre-owned watches and saw two of the same Overseas time and date watches on the display window.  Admittedly, their resale price was less than one-third of the slightly newer-looking, and similarly-equipped Nautilus beside them.

Then I come home to find this post.  Coincidence?

Did you read the Da Vinci code?
06/18/2007 - 21:40

Someone is some how telling you something in some way...

"The Overseas Code"!! Follow the path Kazumi...



LOL! The Overseas Code!
06/19/2007 - 03:03

Hello llloyd,

Unfortunately, I haven't read or seen the Da Vinci Code, although I have been following the Overseas Code close to 4 years now - that's how old my Overseas chronograph is.  Maybe it was a sign from my OS asking me for more wrist time!  Anyway, its Summer now so it is OS season once again.  All the best.  Kazumi

Yepp, your OS wants some summer-love! :-) (nt)
06/19/2007 - 21:53


Re: This must be the rarest of all the Overseas models
06/18/2007 - 19:19

Very interesting to see a left handed Overseas.  I don't think I've ever seen a left handed Vacheron, but I have seen pictures of left handed Rolex Submariners (from many years ago).  I wonder if now that VC has opened its special order department which can make watches to a customers specs, if we will see more left handed VCs in the coming years.  I'm sure there would not be many, as it would be special order, but still it would be interesting to see a left handed chronograph or something a bit more complicated.  

Best regards,


More photos and info on this left handed Overseas
06/19/2007 - 01:12

In fact this particular model was created in 1995-96for Johan Rupert (the CEO of Richemont: Vacheron Constantin's holding company) to convince him that VC should make a stell sports watch. Ruppert being left handed.

Unfortunately it was not much of a success since Ruppert did not like the model and found that the bracelet pinched the hairs on his arms!!! VC decided to go ahead and launch the Overseas and the rest is histoty....

As to other left handed watches the new bespoke ateliers very first watch was a Patrimony for left handers.

It would be nice if...
06/19/2007 - 02:59

I know that for reasons of privacy, this would probably be impossible.  But wouldn't it be nice if we could view the various special orders fromt the Bespoke Ateliers.  It would be very interesting to see what everybody is requesting and, at the very least, it would spark more interest for the new service that VC has just established.  Just a thought.  Kazumi

seeing the production of the bespoke ateliers is a possibility, for
06/19/2007 - 17:36

the moment only very few watches have been delivered and all can immediately enable the identification of their owner but I guess that by the end of the year we will have more pieces and I will show them as they are delivered.

Thanks for more info...I have maybe a silly question...
06/19/2007 - 19:43

Wow, very cool info on the origins of that watch.  Intersting that Mr. Rupert did not like this watch.  Commercially, I bet VC is glad that they went ahead with production of the Overseas even if it was not popular.

Now for the silly question.  When making a left handed watch, does VC simply flip the case around so the shoulders are now on the left side of the case and then put the movement in facing the other direction for the winding crown, or do the actually machine a different case and have to adjust the movement?  Sorry if this is a silly question.

Best regards,


06/20/2007 - 03:03

My guess is that some adjustments have to made since the stem, which used to be on the same side as the date display, is now on the opposite side of the date module.  Just guessing... 

You must be right. I'm waiting for an answer on this (nt)
06/20/2007 - 12:17


The case is the same but the date function had to be modified as to
06/20/2007 - 18:12

keep it at the 3 O'clock position. The dial had to be expressly made for this model.

Thanks for answering my question
06/21/2007 - 17:53

regarding how VC made a "left handed" Overseas.  Its nice to have a resource that allows us find out some of the behind the scenes details about VCs.

Best regards and thanks again,


You're welcome, its good to get some of the "behind the scenes"
06/21/2007 - 18:02