overseas question

Hi! would anybody by chance know if the strap of the US version overseas fit the new overseas model? Would anybody know where i can get one? Thanks

I'll give you the official and unofficial answer
06/27/2008 - 19:20

First of all welcome to the Lounge

VC's official answer is that the rubber straps cannot be fitted on the regular production Overseas model due some slight modifications in the case structure. Nevertheless my understanding is that the new rubber straps can be fitted on the Overseas models that come on bracelet with a bit of tweaking.

Currently the only rubber strap available is brown as it is the one which is delivered with the new rose gold model. It is my guess that at SIHH this year a steel version on rubber strap will be presented and chances are that the strap will be black (its a guess so don't quote me ).

So basically you have two solutions: either order the rubber strap in brown now from your AD (even though this strap comes only for the RG model I doubt the dealer will ask you to prove ownership of a RG Overseas) or wait until Jan and if a steel/rubber version is available you can also order it from your AD.

Re: I'll give you the official and unofficial answer
06/27/2008 - 19:39

How about leather straps? Are there any available? My overseas has the rose gold bezel and was just thinking that a leather strap would look nice on the overseas.

WOW you have the special Hong Kong model? If I'm not wrong your OS is
06/27/2008 - 20:01

42mm right?

My answer is the same, you will need to contact your AD and order a strap. You can either tell them you have the RG chrono (a brown croc strap is available) or the US OS (dark brown with red striching) and take it from there. 

Re: WOW you have the special Hong Kong model? If I'm not wrong your OS is
06/27/2008 - 20:17

Yes mine is the 42mm and wasnt aware that this was a special model. Im sure that a brown croco strap would look good on my watch. Thanks!

made in 2006 following a special request from ....
06/27/2008 - 20:39

 Vacheron Constantin's Hong Kong boutique, it was made in 300 pieces for the men's model and 200 for the ladies' model.

would love to see a scan, must be stunning! nt
06/27/2008 - 20:08


Re: would love to see a scan, must be stunning! nt
06/27/2008 - 20:18

Would love to if only i knew how to do it!

very easy just...
06/27/2008 - 20:41
So, Alex, we may be able to put rubber straps on our OS
06/28/2008 - 03:54

in the not too distant future?  Would be great....

Even with the "supposed" minor tweaking...

Re: overseas question
06/27/2008 - 19:41

Kamusta Rafael,

Welcome to the Lounge.  I could be wrong, but you could be our first RP-based lounger. 

I don't have the answers to your question (that's why we have Alex...thank god) but I am just curious to know how VC is fairing in the Philippines.  I try to visit the AD in Manila whenever I am in town, and I guess the Overseas must be the most popular model since the hot and humid weather does not really support wearing leather straps.

I do hope you can get to use a rubber strap with your Overseas soon.

Ingat lang.


Re: Re: overseas question
06/27/2008 - 20:03

SALAMAT! thank you and i do wish i would be able to get a leather strap for my overseas. The AD here in the Philippines doesnt stock much so probably my best bet is to order one in Hongkong.

Agreed. Unless you can get the local AD to get one for you..
06/27/2008 - 20:17

I doubt this very much though since you will be dealing with a local department store (vs a private watch dealer).  Any action, if ever, would probably be very slow (as with most things in laid-back Manila).  Might as well visit Hong Kong then.

Good luck na lang.  Please do visit the Lounge regularly and keep us posted.

Re: Agreed. Unless you can get the local AD to get one for you..
06/27/2008 - 20:19

Thank you very much!

Hi! Kazumi and Rafael
06/28/2008 - 20:46

Rustan's Department Store is the watch AD here. They don't carry much of the models here. Only a few on display. The price in Manila is also quite high as compared to Hongkong and Singapore. I got my OS in Amsterdam in 1999 and a DTR in HK in 2007. You should also go straight to HK for servicing. I had bad experience here with our local AD and had to write a formal complain letter to VC headoffice and HK Aftersales department. They are not allowed to service VC here in Manila since that time onward. They only accept on behalf of VC for service in HK. Their Aftersales Department is located at the Basement of Jardin House in Central, Hongkong.

good luck at maligayang pagbati!

Re: Hi! Kazumi and Rafael
06/29/2008 - 16:28

Kamusta (Hello) Gilbert,

Thanks for joining in the discussion.  Nice to know that we also have a couple of Loungers from Manila (where I was born and raised, and still visit once in a while).

Whenever I do visit, I make it a point to pass by that Dept. Store as it handles many watch brands although, as you say, they do have limited stock.  I guess you really can't blame them because the few who know of and can afford a VC usually get theirs in HK and other countries. 

The lack of support (aftersales) facilities also makes it a bit tough for Filipino watch enthusiasts.  I don't think there are watch technicians in Manila that can handle the high-end stuff like VC offers (I think servicing for VC, Patek, etc. are all done in HK).  Putting in surplus truck engines and parts and turning it into a jeepney (jeep) is one thing, but handling high-end movements and watches is another (di ba).

Anyway, I hope you and Rafael frequent the Lounge more often.

Best regards,


Re: Hi! Kazumi
06/29/2008 - 19:20


You are right about the Jeepney's! Hehe!

I just had a very bad experience with the AD here. My OS was serviced by them a couple of years back. When I got my watch one screw from the back plate was missing! It means they were not attentive and efficient. This incidence pushed me to wrote a formal complain letter to VC.

If you are here in Manila, you should visit Lucerne which is just nearby. They have more watches on display and they carry majority of the popular brands. Prices are very competitive too! Its just sad thay they are not authorize to carry VC.



Hi Gilbert
06/30/2008 - 02:55

Hi Gilbert,

Wow, sorry to hear about your story.  How can you miss one screw?!    That would drive me crazy too.

You were a brave man to have your VC serviced in Manila though..

Actually, I did discover that other shop you mentioned the last time I was in Manila.  By the way, we're not really supposed to mention the names of any dealers here...especially non-VC ADs...(so atin-atin na lang yan via PM).  You are right though...They are surprisingly well stocked.  (Sayang) Too bad they don't carry VC.  

BTW, I got your PM, thanks.  Will get back to you as soon as I get today's work done.

Best regards,