09/15/2013 - 14:35
09/16/2013 - 02:46
Hello and welcome
09/16/2013 - 02:46
That is a very nice watch you have there, from 1936.  What is that stylus device attached? Please do a search of "Merimont" and then come back with any remaining questions.  But FWIW, likely the case is American-made.   Also, the movement number should be 393118.  Post more pictures too please!
Re: Hello and welcome
09/17/2013 - 15:25
Thank you for your response.  The stylus device attached is actually a swizzle stick - often used to stir drinks.  The watch was a gift to my late husband from his father, and the two of them had a pnechant for champagne with a few drops of grand marnier added - hence the need to stir! I had been considering selling the watch on eBay, but I may reconsider and pass it on in the family.  I had never heard of Vacheron & Constantin watches, and have been educated thanks to this site.  I did a search of 'Merimont' and came up with one of your previous posts.  I also came up with 'Merimont was a partnership between Vacheron & Constantin and the American Watch Case Co. from 1917 until 1938'. I have added another picture.  The watch is 1.75 inches in diameter and fits snugly in the palm of one's hand.  It feels as if it belongs there!  I might even use it myself.
Really is an heirloom piece
09/17/2013 - 18:24
that you can enjoy wearing today.  Many young people are interested in pocket watches even while wrist watches are being replaced by cellphones.  A good cleaning and service should be undertaken before regular use, and perhaps a "mild" polish.