Overseas 49140

Hi everyone,

My grandfather recently passed away and he left me his Vacheron Constantin Overseas 49140. I had the watch fully serviced/restored at an authorized repair center as a few internal pieces needed replacement to get it working.  

I am an expat living in Bangkok and when I picked up the watch the person at the center didn't really speak English well and couldn't answer all my questions.

I don't fully know how to properly use and take care of my new watch. I am worried if I 'trial and error' play with the functions (winding, setting the time, using the chronograph, setting the date, etc..) that I might  cause damage. 

I've searched high and low on Google for an instructions manual. I also emailed VC and contacted them on their Facebook page asking for a digital version of the 'instruction manual'. No luck!

Does anyone have this model (or a similar one)? I would really appreciate a copy of the instructions, or just some general tips. I have no clue what each crown does, if i should only turn it one direction or not, etc...

Thanks so much!







I will cover the Chrono function
09/07/2016 - 13:41

But allow someone else to address winding, since I do not own this caliber and don't want to misstate. 

To to use the chronograph pushers (the top and bottom buttons) you first loosen the screw down collars.  Those prevent pushing and also seal against water when not in use. The top pusher will start the chronograph when pressed and stop the chronograph it when pressed again, while the bottom will reset the hands to zero - or starting position. Be sure to screw the little collars back down when done, to ensure water resistance. These buttons are called pushers. Not crowns.

The center piece is the crown.  It is a screw down crown  in other words  you twist  few times counterclockwise to loosen it  it will then "pop out" a little  in its first position, you are winding - necessary if the watch stops and needs to be wound.  To tighten back down (again, for water resistance) simply push in a but while twisting the crown clockwise.

To to my unfamiliarity with the movement, I will let someone else handle the other crown position(s) and winding direction.


Darn it. I hit "publish" too soon
09/07/2016 - 13:43

Most importantly!

Welcome to the Lounge.  Happy to have you here. It is a great watch. While I am happy for you that you have inherited a lovely heirloom, I am, quite obviously, sorry for your loss of your grandfather.

Re: Darn it. I hit "publish" too soon
09/07/2016 - 14:35

@jtodd: Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. And, thanks for your condolences. I followed your instructions for the "pushers" (thanks for clarifying the correct terminology!) and can perfecty work the chronograph now.  :-)



No problem - happy to help.
09/07/2016 - 14:54

I will take a stab at winding too, since I am pretty sure I know and there is little risk if you follow some simple rules of thumb.

First, don't set the date with the time between 10 and 2.  This is because the date change mechanism can be engaged when the time is near 12, and you don't want to set the date when the mechanism is engaged.  For safety, I always set the date with the time set to 6 o'clock.

Second, I generally set the time in the "forward" direction only.  I am pretty sure this is unnecessary with modern watches, but I do it anyway with all watches.

For setting the watch, the crown usually has three stops or "positions".  The first position, the one it starts off in when unscrewed is the winding position.  This simply gives power to the watch.  If you need to wind it, I generally just give 20 or so twists.  Since it is self-winding, you really just need to get it started.  I doubt you would overwind, but as a rule, for self-sinding watches, I just do the 20 or so to kick start it if it stops and let the mechanism do the rest.

The second position, the next stop when you pull pull out slightly, will probably be the date.  Again, I am unfamiliart with the movement, but this is typical.  I believe it will set the date when you turn it clockwise in this position.  Give it a rotation or two.  If it doesn't work, then try counterclockwise, but I am pretty sure it is counterclockwise.  Again, make sure when you do this that the time is not between 10 and 2, for safety's sake.

The third, and last position, is for setting the time. I believe if you turn it counterclockwise, it will adjust the time forward, which, as I said, is the direction I always set in, whether necessary or not.

When done, simply press the crown all the way back in, give it a clockwise twist with a little pressure to screw it back down and voila.

Someone who is more familiar with the caliber, please feel free to amend and correct as appropriate.


To further aid in your research, your watch is a "first generation Overseas".  It has the Caliber 1137 movement. 

Welcome. To THL Kevin
09/07/2016 - 15:08

Besides what Jaime has already told you, the moevement is designed with a vertical clutch.  Simply put, this allows you to keep the chronograph function to be constantly running without fearing about wearing the gears out too quickly.

It's a very dependable watch for me (I have the same version, but with a silver dial).

There is a very basic guidance section about taking care of your watch on the VC website under the "Service" tab.

if you have any specific questions, just ask. :-)

Re: Welcome. To THL Kevin
09/08/2016 - 03:48

Thanks Dan and Jtodd. Super helpful. I just heard back from Vacheron and they sent me the official instruction manual. I've uploaded it here in case anyone else might find it helpful.


That said, your detailed posts are much more insightful than the manual itself.