My problem with the Overseas chrono


I LOVE the overseas chrono.

But its Piguet 1185 movement is said to be one of the most fragile high-end chronogrpah around. And one of the smallest. This is a problem for me to have a tiny fragile movement within a big sport case.

What are your feelings ?


My problem with the Overseas chrono

welcome Jojo. I have had an Overses chrono as my daily watch for the
06/21/2008 - 17:13

past 3 years and I've never had any problems with it. Its a great watch. I don't know how the size of the movement can affect the rugedness but in any event I have no specific issues to report.

The Piguet 1185 in the OS has been around long enough to be tried and
06/21/2008 - 17:35

tested. And there are few automatic integrated chronograph movements with colum wheel to choose from...

I've been wearing my US edition OS chrono on week ends for the past 3 months (and this includes a lot of jumping around with my boys and believe me it can get violent  ) and like Tourbillon I have not encountered and problems with it.

Thers is also this new killer version I love:

The red gold Overseas rocks, really adds dimension to an
06/22/2008 - 21:26

already incredibly balanced timepiece. I did not get to see this one on the tour, thanks for the look.

Best, Tim

As we say over here...WTF??
06/21/2008 - 21:55

Don't worry about the's a tank of a chrono movement.  As far as "smallest"...that used to be a virtue in movement construction.  Actually required engineering, manufacture and assembly skill.  I'd save my criticism for all the Valjoux 7750-based dinner-plate sized movements out there...

For every watch and movement, there will be...
06/22/2008 - 03:54

positive and negative comments. 

Like Alex, I have the US Overseas Chrono and it has been a regular wear piece for the last several months.  No problems whatsoever and it has served me well throughout the period, including during a number of international trips.  I was wearing it at SIHH...

My guess is that for every one negative comment that you receive about the Piguet 1185 and the Overseas Chrono, you can and will receive ten or more positive ones. 

Good luck with your decision and if you ultimately decide to get the Overseas Chrono, then you will have a watch to be enjoyed for years to come.


Hi Jojo
06/22/2008 - 13:11

Welcome to the lounge!

I own an OS Chrono and I have no complaints whatsoever.

One time after a night out partying I ended up walking home with a couple of friends when we had to walk down a couple of stairs. Ofcourse I had to trip on my own feet and I fell down over the whole stairs.  The watch took quite a beating with a few scratches and dents, however, it still keeps perfect time.

Here's a picture of the stairs I fell down, courtesy of wikipedia:

You can see the stairs in the foreground.

I hope this helps you in your decision because it's a really awesome watch in my opinion.

Kind regards


Re: My problem with the Overseas chrono
06/22/2008 - 19:18

As I have often read on the Timezone Rolex and IWC forums this is a question posed by many when buying a watch. I am now the owner of a new Overseas Chrono model 49150. I choose this watch after learning how time proven the FP 1185 movement was in addition to the water resistance of 150m and the anti mag features. Never did I question a watch positioned by VC as their sports watch to be fragile. As I also own a Rolex Daytona with a water resistance of 100m - how would I even think my VC would not be as tough. So I appreciate all that I have read here and think you can be rest assured that the Overseas Chrono is an awesome watch ready to take on its competition without question. Look forward to posting more on this topic with pics and more. Regards, Matt

OS Chrono - IMO best sports watch on the market!
06/22/2008 - 23:22

In all its beautiful design it lacks nothing in the rugedness department

Better hurry up, I know a friend wants to sell his US Chrono LE at a very fair price. Want details? Send me PM. 

Re: OS Chrono - IMO best sports watch on the market!
06/23/2008 - 07:07

With questions posed on the ruggedness of the VC Overseas Chrono watch, I found this information in an article in the "Watch Quote" dated 1/14/05.

"The Vacheron Constantin company began to work on antimagnetic watches in 1846. A century and a half later, the movements in the Overseas are entirely surrounded by a special metal jacket, which makes the models in this range totally impervious to magnetism. Overseas Chronograph Sport par excellence The Overseas Chronograph was intended for everyday use, but designed to be robust, (its 316L stainless steel alloy case is knock and shock resistant and guaranteed water tight to a depth of 150 meters). Like an open invitation to travel and get away, the back of the case carries the Overseas emblem, a splendid sailing ship cut into the metal." As I find additional information on the rugged and technical features, I will post them.  Regards, Matt