New visitor here... and right away a question!

Hello VC forum members!

I have been a watch enthusiast now for the past 5 years and have acquired some nice timepieces: Breitling, Omega and some Lemania 5100 based watches.
The past year I have been looking more for a watch that has a bit more to offer than the ubiquitous (reworked) ETA calibres. Something with an inhouse movement. So the search started and I finaly found a type of watch that really spoke to me: the Vacheron Constantin overseas chronograph!
So here is my first question: is the VC 1137 an inhouse movement?

My second question pertains to purchasing a VC overseas chronograph. I have the opportunity to buy one of these from a seller in Germany and he was gracious enough to send me some pictures. Based on these pictures I have the feeling that I am dealing with the genuine article, but I would like some opinions from others. Who else to turn to, but fellow VC enthusiasts! So the question is basically: is this watch the real deal? He's asking approx $5000 for it and it does show some signs of wear. Is this a reasonable price?

I thank you very much in advance for your efforts, and would be very grateful for any thoughts or advice you could share!
Regards,
Benoit

Here are the pictures:
New visitor here... and right away a question!New visitor here... and right away a question!New visitor here... and right away a question!
New visitor here... and right away a question!
New visitor here... and right away a question!
New visitor here... and right away a question!
Welcome.
05/15/2010 - 21:48
I hope this is the first of many interactions you have with this forum. The movement about which you have asked is not in-house; I'm hoping one of the experts will chime in with specific information about its background and any modifications. We don't discuss pricing on the forum, but you can do research on the Internet. Antiquorum's listings of completed auctions can be a helpful resource.
Re: Welcome.
05/16/2010 - 00:29
Thanks for the warm welcome and sorry for the pricing faux-pas. I didn't realize it. Thank you for the info about the movement, which I am a bit dissapointed about. It's made me reconsider buying the watch. Regards, Benoit
Konishiwa, a quick hello from Tokyo to welcome you to
05/16/2010 - 06:16
the Lounge. Unfortunatelz the Overseas chrono movement is not inhouse but based on a Piguet caliber which was made especially for VC in the mid 90s by Piguet (Piguet 1185) and for which VC had the exclusivity for some years. the caliber is finished, assembled, regulated and cased by VC. Even though it is not inhouse its not a pedestrian movement either