New member old watch

Hello everyone.  I have a watch that was given to me by my great uncle and would like to find out more about it.  He died in 1976 and it has sat unwound in a drawer until very recently.  I have wound it and it seems to run good but it wasnt until this morning that I got the courage to open the case and see what was inside.  Unfortunatly there is a bit of corrosion on a few parts.  I have a strong sentimental bond to my uncle and would very much like to make the watch like new again.  I live in the Northern Va Wash DC area.

Thank you,
BD
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wow you actually have the original paperwork from 1927! The watch is
03/11/2013 - 16:49
in phenomenal condition as well yes The best would be to send it to VC boutique in NY and they will in turn send the watch to Geneva for servicing Welcome to the Lounge!
Re: wow you actually have the original paperwork from 1927! The watch is
03/11/2013 - 17:05
Thank you. That is what I shall do. I'll report back when I have something to show.
Re: wow you actually have the original paperwork from 1927! The watch is
03/13/2013 - 01:26
Agreed, I doubt VC gets to see too many original authentic 1920s documents these days! Just incredible preservation. A reminder that taking proper care of your timepiece pays off in the long run.
A lovely watch!
03/11/2013 - 17:04
Looks like it was sold in the US market by the Merimont Watch Company and also signed by Vacheron. The movement number matches the Certificate. The Merimont logo on the bridge is typical for that company. They also made movements or sold them in watches not signed by Cacheron, and the movement design is very similar to that of VC. They probably had some marketing/financial arrangement with Vacheron. Here is a comment by dean from 2007: "In terms of finish and construction, they are equal to V&C of the period.  In fact, there are a few movements co-branded Merimont and Vacheron & Constantin.  This name was only used in the American market and may have been for importation purposes, as suggested by it's seperate incorporation as the Merimont Watch Co. " It's a real gem, Bracky. The dial needs a little work but the movement looks in decent shape (nice perlage). Very nice font and hands on the dial. You should have it restored but I think without actually seeing the watch, it may not need that externsive work. It's hard to tell. You could have the VC Boutique in New York have a look at it for starters. Congratulations! Keep us posted. Your great uncle had wonderful taste. laughyes Joseph
Re: A lovely watch!
03/11/2013 - 17:27
Thank you for the information and kind words.  I am excited to get the ball rolling but didn't know where I should take it.  Your knowledge is appreciated and gives me confidence I am doing the right thing. :)
Merimont
03/11/2013 - 17:51
Firstly, welcome and thank-you for posting pictures yes.  To add a bit to what Joseph has revealed regarding Merimont watches; it was a partnership between V&C and the American Watch Case Company that began in 1917 and your case should be marked "A.W.C.CO."  The case was American-supplied and the finished ebauche from V&C.  Your papers clearly show the simple but effective manufacturing code that V&C used for a time to identify these export movements - the addition of "3" at the beginning of the serial number.  This seems consistent with all the 3xx xxx movements but appears to have been abandoned in later 4xx xxx watches.   FWIW, other early American-market private labels with unmarked V&C movements used a similar code involving letter "S" inserted in the the serial number.
Re: Merimont
03/11/2013 - 19:00
Thank you for the additional information.  I managed to get a good picture of the inside of the case.  I am curious about the number 55960 scrawled above the case number.
Good question
03/11/2013 - 20:24
The hallmarks and numbers are all VC's and are stamped in.. The scratched numbers may be Merimonts own numbering. Joseph PS Post 2000!!!
Congratulations! :-)
03/11/2013 - 22:12
nt
Joseph cheers to 2000 posts and to the 2000 to come :-)
03/12/2013 - 00:56
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Thank you, Gentlemen...
03/12/2013 - 03:48
It's been great fun! Joseph
Cheers to Ton of Posts! nt
03/12/2013 - 11:47
nt
Well, that's a surprise!
03/11/2013 - 22:10
One reason to love V&C is their consistent inconsistency!  Yours is Swiss-cased rather than AWC CO., which suggests V&C was using up their last stocks of Merimont-branded movements, which also suggests that 1927 was after the partnership has ceased.  Constantin's Annales are silent on this, but perhaps Alex can find some reference? As far as those small hand-scratched numbers; they usually denote a code added by a watchmaker following service, and are totally indecipherable unless you know the individual's system.
It makes my day to see watches like this!
03/11/2013 - 19:26
VC will take great care of it during service. I look forward to seeing the "after" photos. Bill
What a treasure
03/12/2013 - 14:11
Congratulations
Wow, more and more vintage beauties pop up here recently
03/14/2013 - 13:04
this is a treasure, a real jewel. enjoy it immenselyyes
Re: New member old watch
03/15/2013 - 16:44
It's on it's way to RTC and now out of my hands.  Good luck cherished watch... :)