I just ordered my Vacheron Constantin Overseas yesterday, and I don't have it yet. However, I do have a short pictorial history of the path that led me to the OS. (I learned that posting watch pictures on this blog aids communication.
Step 1: A Gift
My first foray out of the lumpen prolietariat of watches occurred when I was gifted a Rado Quartz. By far it was the best watch I'd ever had and thought myself quite the man-about-town. I was most impressed by the sapphire glass and titanium case with gold.
Step 2: An Automatic
As can be seen, the Rado is quite a small watch, and I wanted something without a battery. After some brief research I found a Raymond Weil automatic. For me it seemed a tad expensive, and they carried them in my local fancy jewelry store that sells Pateks. I later found one listing included the "pseudo luxury" category along with Baume & Mercier.
Raymond Weil Automatic
Step 3: Haute Horiogerie
I had always known that Raymond Weil wasn't in the upper tiers of luxury watches, and I really didn't care. However, for it to be labeled a "pseudo-luxury" marked it with too much pretense for my taste. I had always admired Patek Philippe watches, and every review of top luxury watches usually placed them right at the top. I liked the way they looked, and so that was my next step.
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Step 4: My Patek leads me to Vacheron Constantin Overseas
As I noted in my Beginner's post, I needed something tougher than my Calatrava (Note to self: Get the Patek a fainting couch), and I did not like the Nautilus. Don't get me wrong; I love my Calatrava, but it is a bit delicate. So, besides waiting for the gold spring bars for my Calatrava, even when they're snuggly set, I'll have to husband the use of this horological wonder. So now....I wait.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Once it arrives, I'll have lots more pictures.