Hello to everybody here, I am a new member of this community.
I'm writing this message as I would love to receive suggestions and opinions from you about this old watch.
My father received it from his father as a gift for his university degree in 1955 or 1956. It measures 33.5mm diameter.
As far as I know, after asking in other forums and after the watch has been opened, I found that it has caliber 458/3b.
9 linee (20,6mm) diameter
3,3 mm di height
2,5 Hz (18000 alternanze/ora)
Breguet spiral e "pitch-fork" regulator
Probably, the serial number of the movement, should suggest a serial for exactly year 1950, according to an opinion I received.
I do not know yet what reference it is. Any guess?
I sent the watch to the Maison for costs estimate for restoration, even if some suggested me to avoid Vacheron & Constantin because of the high costs compared to the value of the watch, and probably I would had better to send it to someone in Italy.
But... as I wrote in another forum, since it's of sentimental value, as strange as it may seem, I felt (for myself) like a "moral obligation" to start over again the story of this watch where it began about 60 years ago. This watch left the Factory, reached a shop in Italy (hoped that an Extract from the archives would have helped), my grandpa bought it to give it as a present to my father on the occasion of his graduation.
For me, sometimes, a good story can be worth a lot. Call me a romantic....
I am trying to post some images below...