My new Toy Split Second Chronograph PW Recase

I have allways been fascinated with high complication watches.   Unfortunately I can't justify spending the entry price for the current models.  Hence here is a pocket watch recase. 

My only complain so far is that at 44.5mm + crown and with long lugs (54 mm from lug to lug) it looks slightly too big on my hand.... I only wish lugs were made
a bit shorter thinking of getting a custom strap to cover the gap ...

Obviously the dial is refinished... the rest is upon pictures to describe. 
It would be great anyone can get me any more info on the movement. Also if there are any doubts of the movement authencity. I am considering another purchase from the same seller. 
I did not open the watch yet .. the pictures are the ones that were used to base my purchasing decision. 

Hope you enjoj the pictures ))

My new Toy  Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
My new Toy  Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
My new Toy  Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
My new Toy  Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
My new Toy  Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
That is beautiful!
06/30/2010 - 05:16
I love the contrast of the color between the bezel and case. Not too fond of the strap color but then again, It's your watch and not mine = ) Anyhow, it's  beautiful watch nonetheless! - Seize
Re: That is beautiful!
06/30/2010 - 09:23
Thanks,  As far as the strap goes i amordering a new one 
can you please give me the numbers which are on the movement side righ
06/30/2010 - 13:01

next to the column wheel?  The watch looks really nice love the two tone case

can anyone please recommend watchmaker
06/30/2010 - 17:11

Alex,  The numbers are covered by one of the springs, and I am really hesitant to bring it to my regular watchmaker since he definetly does not have any experience dealing with watches of that type.  Does anyone know an independent  watchmaker in New York City area who can be trusted with servicing such watch....  Or you think it should be taken to a Vacheron dealer ?  Thanks, Gene

Beautiful but for me,
07/01/2010 - 04:31
the measures is not in my book... I really for once  hope I am wrong. I have the feeling it's a marriage... Alex know the answer and I really hope I'm wrong, because it's so beautiful.. Just my two cents, and this time I really hope I am out sailing, my friend, but we must say what our hearts are saying, and I been fooled a couple of times.... What ever keep it! Your friend Doc
Re: Beautiful but for me,
07/02/2010 - 01:12
I am definetly keeping the watch.  It looks much better then pictures could ever show....  the quality of workmanship is just impeccable... The only thing that could pursue me to send it back would be that bezels crown and buckle were not rose gold as advertised. Just because i would feel that it is not right to support such a bad business practice...  However i strongly beleive that is not the case.  Wat do you mean by marriage ?   Do you parts from different watches involved in a build ?  Please clarify.. .  If the movement is not Vacheron i would nuch rather not have it marked as such, but i would probably have to leave with that since the dial work is so beautiful . My main concern is that i have my eye on another beautiful piece from the same seller (not a Vacheron but Touchon & Co) and i really don't want to pull the trigger before i am completely clear on what i am getting.  Thanks, Gene P.S. I stopped by a shop of a certified master watchmaker (Hartley Satnik) today trying to get the numbers and he basically  told me not to open it unless something is wrong.  It is quite an involved process to get to those numbers. He also said that if i really want the detailed info to just bring it to Vacheron office in NYC and they will be able to get me exact history etc.  His line was to stop worrying and just enjoy the beauty...  I will be bringing a couple of my old pocket watches to him for service, so i will have a chance to convince him to open the watch.  Do i really need to do this ?   I would be glad to hear recommendations...
well the only way to be 100% sure that the movement is VC is to obtain
07/02/2010 - 13:57
the hidden numbers :-) But even if it is not a VC its a great watch. But if you really want a VC you can always find a nice vintage piece at a not too expensive price
Hi Gene
07/02/2010 - 12:32
The number shown in the last picture of your post looks unusual to me.  The font of the first 3-digits and the last 3-digits are different.  I don't think VC would have stamped a number that inelegantly. I don't know what to make of it.  It doesn't look like a cal. 166 movement (which is a 21 ligne pocket watch movement with center seconds) as I don't believe cal. 166 is a chronograph movement. I don't see where the close up picture of that number came from when I look at the picture of the entire movement, it might be covered up by part of the mechanism?  (I don't see the "Vacheron Constanin" in the movement picture either - maybe I should have my eyes checked, it's been 3 years since I've had Lasik). Best Regards, Dan
the VC and the numerals are on the underdial (so is the split seconds
07/02/2010 - 13:58
mechanism) however I agree with you that the first two numerals seem to have been added at different time than the last three
Thanks Alex (nt)
07/02/2010 - 15:32
Remeber me of a certain monopusher, eh? nt
07/03/2010 - 03:16
Split Second Chronograph PW Recase
03/23/2014 - 21:19
It has been more than 3 years since this thread started, and I have not been posting much...  So there is obviously a reason why I am posting now.  Due to some unfortunate turn of events  the watch in pictures has a for sale sign on ...  I did follow everyones suggestion on this and just kept and enjoyed the watch ...  As I am selling it now i would like to be more clear on the origin of the watch .. therefore I fimally had the back of it opened.  The numbers under the bar that were in question are 20166 decorated in gold ..  It is a concern since I know from reading the posts the number is usually six digits long.  I really don't want to misinform anybody, so I would like to get as much info as I can ...  On a good note this gave me a chance to practice my other hobby, photography.  I never thought it would be that hard to make a decent watch photo...  Here are some results ...   Enjoy the photos smiley