My first Vaucheron Constantin



I've wanted a VC since I was a little boy, and my wife suprised me with this watch for our annerversary.  This is my first VC and I'm over the moon about it.  Its a pre-owned model in the Patrimony collection, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the web?  I've been seraching all over and wanted to find out more information about it.  I was going to contact the concierge, but I'm not sure what the serial number and movement numbers and passport are.  Could someone please take a look at these scans and let me know?  Sorry that I am such a neophite.

Any Help wold be greatly appreciated.










Re: My first Vacheron Constantin
09/08/2014 - 17:37

Clearly I'm a newbie, I spelled the name wrong in my original post. Sorry!!

Welcome to the Lounge and what a great gift! The watch is in fact the Patrimony
09/08/2014 - 17:50

Classique which has now been discontinued, that's why you couldn't find it on the web site.

Happy anniversary by the way smiley

Congratulations and Welcome :-)
09/08/2014 - 17:58

You have a lovely watch and obviously a lovely wife heart.  Luckily, all the info you need to submit to VC is visible on the back.  Your model is 81160/1, case serial number 790017, and movement number 960421.

The 81160 is also called the Patrimony Small Seconds.  The movement caliber 1400 was very significant in VC history, being their first in-house caliber of the modern era and meeting the Seal of Geneva quality standards as well yes.

I wish my wife also bought me VCs...
09/08/2014 - 18:40

Congrats on your new VC and welcome to the Lounge!




Re: My first Vaucheron Constantin
09/08/2014 - 21:27


That is a supremely legant watch.

The layout and hands are beautiful and with the movement it it really outstanding.

There were a number of different designs in the "Classique" series, but that one has to be the nicest.

Wear it in good health. You're off to a good start.


Congratulations and welcome
09/08/2014 - 22:29

That is a great way to start off with the brand. Like potato chips (as one member always says), you'll quickly find one merely whets the appetite for others. That really is a great example of Vacheron - elegance, simplicity, sophistication and beauty expressed as much through restraint as through anything overtly DONE. Welcome to the club. 

LOL I love your chips analogy, it is sooo true :-)
09/09/2014 - 09:27


Yes, t certainly is...
09/09/2014 - 11:20

I wish that I could take credit for it, but I believe that I have heard (or read) Dean or Joseph say it first. 

I wish my wife would gift me a VC. :- ) Congratulations...
09/09/2014 - 17:32

...I love this piece. I so badly wanted this piece when it was in production. I think that would be the early 2000's. But at that time I could not afford it. The dial has a two tone effect that is mesmerizing and it is, I think, one of two men's VC's where the caliber 1400 has a transparent caseback.  The other model is the Malte Small Seconds, also from the early 00's, another handsome watch which I wanted, but could not afford. 

Three years ago I had to make do with the Traditionelle 38mm manual which has the Caliber 4400.

Enjoy yours in good health. I hope you keep expanding your collection.  Mine says hi.


Vin is over the moon and who can blame him?...
09/09/2014 - 19:45

Don't worry about spelling mistakes, Vin, with a Patrimony Classique in your sights it's difficult to focus on anything elsewink...

You mention that you were a VC fan as a little boy - what's that all about? Did your parent/s have a VC?  Make no mistake, you've 'fallen' on your feet' with this most beautiful piece. yes...

Incidentally, your couple of photographs are rather nice too!

The Hour Lounge is there for you to share knowledge and passion for the VC brand.  Welcome onboard!

Best wishes



Re: Vin is over the moon and who can blame him?...
09/27/2014 - 07:19
Wow thank you all for the well wishes and the warm welcome.  To clarify I do in fact have the greatest wife of all time.  She took a story I told her ages ago, filed it away, saved up some money and surprised me with the timepiece on our 15 year anniversary.  According to her, tradition dictates that the proper gift on the 15th is a watch.  I'm not going to argue. To answer Tony's question, my father used to tell me the most amazing stories.  He knew all about watches.  I grew up just outside of Waltham, Massachusetts and my grandfather worked for the Waltham Watch Company in the 1910's.  We have several Waltham pocket watches in the family collection.  My father vividly remembers seeing a swiss watch as a child in the 1920's, and he said it was a VC.  VC happens to be my initials.  I never in my life thought that I would ever have one.  I've only seen them in magazines.  Honestly, wearing the watch, kind of scares me.   So now a couple of serious questions, whats the proper procedure to wind and set the watch?  I really don't want to ruin such an amazing intersection of art and technology on the first go. How often should it be serviced and what is the best way to go about doing that? Where might I find some instructions for the watch? 
Welcome to THL Vin!
09/11/2014 - 06:52

You are a lucky man, and I'm referring to you having such a lovely wife!

i hope to see a wrist shot when convenient, it looks to be on great condition.

Congratulations on the watch and anniversary!

Best Regards, Dan