I've been lying in wait for the right VC to come along for a year or so, hoping to find something to share in the Hour Lounge, where I have occasionally and anonymously warmed myself by the fires of Vachero-Constantinian knowledge. At long last, this happy confluence of pink gold, guilloché, gorgeous movement and generous dimensions appeared, with coffin box and original (I hope) buckle. I found it irresistible. I hope you will feel the same, but I welcome and appreciate all opinions... and any guesses at a reference number, date, etc.
A beautiful vintage piece so typical of the best of Vacheron from that era.
Just a comment about the buckle: It may or may not have a maltese cross on the other side. Even if it doesn't it is likely genuine.
I have 2-3 of this style, one vintage with the logo, one without and one newer with the cross.
They are all identical with the same markings on the back.
The problem was that VC or whoever their supplier was, just painted the logo on. No indentation or engraving. So over time the paint would wear off, in part or completely.
I have seen the logo with parts missing. You could probably scratch off the logo with your fingernail.
Just a bit of information.
Enjoy the watch in good health.
and am pleased to see the piece here. Very nice suite with box and buckle . Perhaps you can answer my curiosity with an exact measure of the case width, minus crown? If it comes out to 36mm, I believe the reference is 4126. Judging by the examples on Antiquorum, yours might be circa 1950. Best to submit your case and movement serial numbers to our moderator Alex so he can have the records checked.
Thanks very much for this information. The case diameter is in fact 36mm (I measured it at 35.8mm), not 37mm... I should have held that against the seller, I suppose, but I was just too pleased with the watch.
I've seen one other with a dial like this one, but in yellow gold, and I regretted missing out on it... until now.
Hi MMD, Welcome to THL!
Your vintage watch looks to be in great condition, the dial and lugs jusy ooze VC.
Congrats on einning the auction.
All here ooze Vacheron Constantin, the teardrop case of course but I especially love that Guilloche dial, and in that size it's a fabulous combination.Wear it in good health it's a beauty !François
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Congratulations. A lovely watch and it looks all original to me.
I must confess that I was winning the auction for that watch up until ten seconds from the end when you pounced. But no hard feelings!
My only slight doubt was whether the gold dial might be quite dark and slightly hard to read but it looks great in your photos.
Thanks David. Sorry to snipe you, but I was very happy to walk away with it. The dial is quite readable, but I keep getting lost in the [I]clous de Paris[/I] and forgetting the time. ;)
WOW!! what a gorgeous example and the dial is amazing!