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I was in Paris last December and with the help of my good friend Liger, I picked up two beautiful vintage Vacherons.

I am presenting the first of these now.

It is a lovely rectangular watch in yellow gold with an interesting beveled case.

The serial numbers indicated manufacture around 1937. This estimate was confirmed by Alex and the Heritage Department.

No models were given in those days but there are two watches shown in the back of "The World of Vacheron Constantin" that look quite close to it.

However one of the photos of a watch from the "Art of Vacheron Constantin" (page 177) shows a watch from 1935 with the identical case, hands and crown, albeit in stainless steel. The dial is a little different but similar. The font of the numerals is the same although mine is in boldface. It also has a sub-second hand at 6 o’clock.

There is no specific movement number but it is 9”’ rhodiumed 15 jewels, lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance adjusted to temperature and 3 positions, flat balance spring.  22x40mm.

The buckle is quite interesting too. I was told it was original to the watch. There is no Maltese cross but it is hallmarked and even serial numbered. I have not seen another one like it.

The dial and hands have not been redone and I have taken the liberty of touching up the dial in the close-up photos because it is quite distracting. They are not in fact readily visible on the wrist, but they can be seen.


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Re: New Acquisition- Next!
04/27/2015 - 04:54

JB Congratulations on acquiring this beautifully crafted Classic Vintage piece !




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04/27/2015 - 14:50

Thank you so much for your kind words.

There is more to come! wink


A marvelous find Joseph!
04/27/2015 - 05:17

The case and dial design are so wonderfully representative of 1930s Art Deco!  The overall condition looks terrific as well.  The overall size of it looks perfect on your wrist, the length looks Made to Measure.

I love the buckle, even if it wasn't original...the design is beautiful.

I wonder if that 15J movement is a pre-cursor, or at all related, to cal 435?

A marvelous find Joseph!


I love your style my friend, and I find myself trying to emulate it surprise:

A marvelous find Joseph!


Re: A marvelous find Joseph!
04/27/2015 - 14:53

Thanks Dan.

Vacheron had so many variations in the 1920's and 30's on their rectangular cases that it never ceases to amaze me!

Yours is quite unique and beautiful. I'm beginning to feel that the sloped lugs is a signature design feature feature of these watches.


Re: A marvelous find Joseph!
04/29/2015 - 07:00

I'd be scared to death to take it apart! You obviously know more about such things than I.


Re: Re: A marvelous find Joseph!
04/29/2015 - 16:41

Thsnk you.

But it's a learning process.

You start with easy things first and then its a road to discovery smiley

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04/30/2015 - 01:11

I enherited my uncle's Bulova Lone Eagle - made in 1929 according to the acorn-shaped symbol on the movement.

It has the bottom of a '6' at the bottom of the dial; something I've never noticed on another Lone Eagle.

I got the dial refurbished; you could hardly read it before. 

In any case, I won't tell you how I got it open the first time; I know how to do it properly now.

It's not a VC but, to me at least, it is priceless.


I remerber the EXTRA light in your eyes Joseph
04/27/2015 - 09:54

when you discovered this Beauty.

And I was waiting for your post to admire again this incredible VINTAGE VC.

Your photos and details are a pleasure to be read and read again. Thanks for sharing your love in this watch. 

Fits with elegance on your wrist and the black alligator strap matches well. 

She is in a very good House for a long long time wink

Best regards my friend,


Re: I remerber the EXTRA light in your eyes Joseph
04/27/2015 - 14:56

Many thanks thank Liger!

It was a lovely afternoon, lunch followed by a visit to Antoine's new shop.

And those watches were fantastic. Sometimes you just have a feeling...

I will photograph the other one this week.

It has some interesting features as you know!



WOW what a way to start a day at the office, my heart skipped a beat. Joseph you are my hero please
04/27/2015 - 10:09

adopt mecheeky

Your room awaits a chez Blankier, Alex!
04/27/2015 - 14:58

But you will have to put up with my cooking!

Je suis le chef de cuisine chez moi! laughsurpriseindecisionyes

I'll take care of the wine :-)
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Another gorgeous watch, Joseph!
04/27/2015 - 17:00

Love those shaped watches heart.  The dial is a real treat with two-tone finish and the hands are a wonderful 1930s style.  Will you put me out of my misery and post a movement picture?  Please!  Also, what size does the case measure?

Re: Another gorgeous watch, Joseph!
04/27/2015 - 20:46

Thank you Dean.

I will do that shortly. The case design is atypical and I will explain with a few extra photos when I post the movement.


22 x 40 mm case is a very nice size for today too!
04/28/2015 - 02:31

I missed that info in your post until now blush.  The movement looks like a predecessor to the 435.  If you get details from VC, please post the name of this caliber and year.

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04/28/2015 - 03:43

Hi Dean,

That size is a great fit and doesn't look small.

When I got the info back from Alex after sending him the movement and case numbers, all I got was the year 1937, which i had figured out from the serial numbers.

As far as I know from looking at other watch descriptions of that era, there was no movement number assigned, just the line size (ie 9"').

No model number was given to the watches either. I think that started sporadically in the early 1940's and more consistently after the war.

I suspect they had an internal designation for each type
04/28/2015 - 18:48

of movement, if only to organize the production of parts, inventory and ordering, etc.  The info that Alex posted on the even-earlier shaped calibres would seem to support this:

I would love an explanation of what those numbers signify; I'm guessing RA is for Remontoir Ancre, ie, stem-winding with Swiss anchor escapement.  With shaped movements the ligne width must be at the widest point, n'est pas?  The values of 14-12 and 15-12, if following pocket watch practice, should indicate movement thickness as a fraction of a ligne, ie 14/12th of a ligne or 2.625mm.  A very basic system but all that was required for calibres that V&C produced themselves.

Re: I suspect they had an internal designation for each type
04/28/2015 - 23:14

You are correct, Dean, about the meanings of the letters and numbers (ie R.A.) and these are used in the descriptions of the movements by the auction houses.

There may indeed have been some type of reference number for the watched but I don't believe it had the same significance as the model numbers of the last 60+ years.

Alex describes them as "photo references" and they may have been used to differentiate case designs.

Hamilton in the 1930's had about 500 different designs. But they gave them names such as Webster, Cedric etc. You can do a search on eBay and you'll find many different case designs, all named.

The World of Vacheron Constatin, as you know, has many watches in the back pages from that era with numerical references.

For what it's worth the watch on page 404,#3629 from1936 looks quite similar to mine, but with a black dial. The S/N is 261149. Mine is 264357.

On page 408 is another one from 1938 which looks identical to mine except the words: "Vacheron & Constantin" are curved rather than straight. It has a photo number 3808. No serial number is present.

As for the movement, there is a photo of it on page 409. It is the one in the second row, last on the right  (used until 1943). No calibres are mentioned for any of these movements.

Thanks for all this info Joseph
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04/27/2015 - 17:21

Congrats, Joseph on another outstanding addition to your collection. Is this is the oldest wristwatch from VC you have?



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04/27/2015 - 20:48

Thanks Bill.

It is in fact the oldest VC I have. I do have a pocket watch from 1925 but it is an Urban Jurgensen.

I am also awaiting the archival extract for taht Omega pocket watch.


Joseph visits Paris to complete his Christmas shopping...
04/27/2015 - 20:29

Joseph, it couldn't have taken you long to make your mind-up over this one? heart...

A beautiful piece to be seen in person, however, your excellent photographs are the next best thing yes.

I would like to endorse Dean's request for a few shots of the movement...

NB: Give serious thought to Alex wanting to be adopted. Take it with a 'pinch of salt' that he'll supply the wine - I've heard what he get's through...surpriseenlightenedblush

Best wishes


Re: Joseph visits Paris to complete his Christmas shopping...
04/27/2015 - 20:52

Thank you Tony.

My mind was made up immediately. I just had to get my mouth to say: "Je prends les deux". That took a few minutes of negotiations (LOL).

But Antoine is very fair and a decent honest person.

Movement to come soon.

OH and I'm not worried about Alex. I have a pretty decent celler. cheeky


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04/27/2015 - 23:35

There are 2 photos of the movement below, each shows a different part in focus.

Unfortunately these were “quick pics” since  I didn’t have enough time to set up my macro equipment. They were taken with the Macro setting on my Lumix LX-100.

You can see that the case is quite interesting. There are 2 little ears which lift up the back of the case. It is hinged with a pin at the other end.  The movement and dial which are connected is then gently teased away from the back of the case. Gentle handling is an absolute must!

To can see the beautiful perlage in the inside back and the lovely Geneva stripes on the movement.

The hinge device and ears are readily visible in one of the photos.

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Here are my two watch dogs, banjo and Vinny, protecting my watches from all intruders! laugh

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Those extra pictures make me drool JB!
04/28/2015 - 06:16

The case design and SIX bridge movement!!heart

A discreet, but utterly elegant watch that you found my friend... It is so representative of what VC stands for me.  I can understand why you feel in love and made your decision so quickly!. 

Congrats again and again!

Joseph opens up and introduces Banjo and Vinny...
04/28/2015 - 17:34

Joseph, your 'quick pics' have worked well. I can imagine the extreme care exercised to safely remove the movement. The photographs have caught the various sequences perfectly. Who could fail to fall in love with this beautiful piece? heart

That brings me onto Banjo and Vinny - I'm aware of Banjo, however, when did Vinny arrive?

With a security role in question I guess 24/7 was too much for Banjo and help was required wink...

As I see now, it's B & V looking after V & C! surprise...





That is a great find
04/27/2015 - 23:45

And it was lucky to find you as well.  That really is a great shape and a great piece.  I agree with Liger, that it sits wonderfully on your wrist.  Thanks for the extra pictures too.  Now Dean can relax and we can all enjoy them as well.  I have also made a mental note to bring Snausages in the event I decide to raid your home.

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04/28/2015 - 05:14

Thank you for your kind words, Jamie.

You will have friends forever.

I hope you like dog kisses! laugh