My notes to accompany the pictures sent by DOC

You may have gathered that I have had some difficulty downloading pictures from my PC to HL. I must therefore thank DOC for very kindly forwarding the scans under seperate cover - "Tony's Pictures by DOC".

It was a great pleasure meeting DOC in London a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take along my V&C watch which I have had from new since 1960. I sensed the joy in his face as I opened the presentation case and he started to examine every detail of the Chronometre Royal together with the full set of documentation including the original receipt. DOC insisted that I place the watch on the HL for fellow Loungers to see this lovely specimen.

Now then, I am not a watch specialist so may I leave it to your goodselves to add your observations and comments. I do, however, understand that very few examples were produced with an integrated gold bracelet. It would be interesting to hear from you and your experiences with a similar model.

The ball is in your court!
With thanks and regards

what's the story behind your purchase? what made you choose this
06/03/2010 - 12:57
How I became the owner of this beautiful watch......
06/03/2010 - 19:46
I celebrated my 21st birthday in 1960. It was the wish of my parents to give me something special to mark the occasion. Unknown to me, my father had it in mind to present me with 'the best watch in the world'. A very close friend. a watchmaker, advised him that it was virtually impossible to get hold of a Vacheron and Constantin watch which he regarded and advised as being 'the best'. After much searching plus a dose of good fortune a V & C watch was located for my father's consideration. The choice was quite simple - there was just one watch - but the decision making process was so simple, it was beautiful! As a consequence, I had a wonderful birthday present. Without question the Chronometre Royal is a stunning watch and something that has meant so much to me throughout the fifty odd years. Typical of our family, our treasures were only worn on very special occasions hence the watch has remained in pristine condition. Being the proud owner of a V & C watch has brought me much joy and happiness and it is in this respect that I am so pleased to share the gem with my fellow Loungers. With all good wishes Tony
"The best watch in the world" fantastic story and something to
06/03/2010 - 19:55
prize and cherish
Stunning, Tony!
06/03/2010 - 21:44
A real beauty. I've never seen it with a bracelet. Wear it in good health. Joseph
Joseph my friend,
06/04/2010 - 16:00
I hold it in my hands! Such a beauty,  still hard to sleep Nice weekend I whish you and your family Doc to Doc
Congratulations Tony, a true beauty!
06/04/2010 - 03:45
A great story and gift! I have a 1955 Chronometre Royal, with the sub-seconds cal 1007/BS movement, and love it as well.  Unfortunately mine doesn't have the paperwork and VC doesn't have copies of the original paperwork in it files (I checked with the Heritage Department).  I will be sending this watch in for a full restoration and service either at the end of this year or next year. The full set of papers and VC's internal "Bulletin de Marche" just makes the beautiful package, the complete package! I've only seen one CR with a gold bracelet before - but it's condition, while good,  is nowhere as pristine as yours. I'm very happy for you - your parents gave you a wonderful and carefully thought out gift for you 21st birthday - I think if anything is more valuable than the gift, its the sentiment behind it! Best Regards, Dan
Nice story, nice watch, nice person
06/04/2010 - 10:02
thank you for the pictures and the interesting and original story. Congratulations for your watch and your spirit ! Berny
Great watch and great story Tony!
06/09/2010 - 01:40
...I wish I could have been there and seen it in the metal... She's a beauty, and definitely a "watch for life" - a very generous and wise gift Thanks again for the story, and thanks Doc for posting the pictures... Cheers, Francois