Pocket watches

Hhi All,

I am wondering if Vacheron Constantin still make pocket watches, as I'd love to own one. If not, what would be the best way to find a VC pocket watch in a good condition.


Welcome Omar! I would advise you against
05/27/2007 - 17:13

the modern Vacheron Constantin pocket watches. They are very expensive and somewhat lack the charm of the original vintage models!

There are different solutions in finding vintage pocket waches in good condition and from impecable provenance. One would be getting it at auction from Auntiquorum, Christie's or Sotheby's. The former two auction houses actually have set up an online bidding system which is very useful.

Another solution would be buying one diectly from the historical boutique in Geneva (you can read more about this in my article featured on top of the homepage). I had the pleasure of seeing a few minute repetare and minute repeater perpetual calendar pocket watches last time I was there that blew me away.

Hereunder you have a list of what Vacheron Constantin offers in modern pocket watches:

Ref 57120: Simple time only with enameled case back (the illustration is made on request)

REF 57215 Perpetual calendar

Ref 57216 Openwork perpetual calendar

Ref 57100 Skeleton time only

Re: Welcome Omar! I would advise you against
05/28/2007 - 09:43


What would be the prices of the 4 pocket watches whose photos you have included?

Can you post some pictures of some vintage pocket watches?

some iconic Vacheron Constantin pocket watches
05/28/2007 - 12:25

Hi KK, I don't have all the of prices but the simple time only starts at around  $30k! These watches are only available upon request..

Here are some VC pocket watches (scans courtesy of Antiquorum). I deliberately chose complicated models but Vacheron Constantin has made simple time only (check SteveG's article on his Deck Chronometer in the Recommended Threads section) to grande complications so there is something for everyone (the simple time only models can be found starting $2000 upwards)

The King Fouad

Started in 1914, presented to King Fouad I of Egypt, by the Swiss expatriate community in 1929. Keyless, astronomical carillon trip minute-repeating, grande and petite sonnerie with silence, two-train clockwatch with split-seconds chronograph, 30-minute register, perpetual calendar and phases and age of the moon. This watch sold for over 3.3 million Swiss Francs at the Quarter Millennium auction making it the worlds 4th or 5th most expensive pocket watch!

Perpetual Calendar, minute repeater, Chronographe Chronometre

Made in 1900, keyless minute-repeating pocket lever chronometer with perpetual calendar, chronograph and phases and age of the moon. 


Made in 1934, cased in gold in 1991. Keyless pocket watch with one minute tourbillon regulator and Guillaume balance, specially adjusted for the 1934 Geneva Observatory Contest obtaining first prize, also submitted for the Geneva Observatory contests of 1947 and 1960.

Re: some iconic Vacheron Constantin pocket watches
05/30/2007 - 09:32

Thanks for this Alex.

I guess one has the option to have a truly iconic pocket watch made through the bespoke division !!!

that is another possibility. My understanding is that they have
05/30/2007 - 18:30

already received orders for pocket watchs.

Hello Omar,
05/28/2007 - 13:57

Why not start with a vintage pocket watch, like I once started my VC collecting !

You can get a wonderful watch for a very reasonable price.

This one is from 1919 in it's original box,

and has seldom been used !

Or, if you want something more modern,

this little in WG, with the famous cal. 1003,

with Geneva seal, sharp as a knife :-)

You can get much beauty for a small amount of what the new would cost you,

and a piece of history


Lovely Doc. How about the one with the Lion? (nt)
05/28/2007 - 17:05


This one ?
05/28/2007 - 22:50

1910, lady's watch,

quite stunning lady I suppose


yup! amazing casework ! (nt)
05/29/2007 - 00:12


Re: yup! amazing casework ! (nt)
05/30/2007 - 07:17

What would be a good threshold in time that could define between a modern VC pocketwatch and a vintage one???

best regards,


Hi Jaume, I think that starting the 40s VC along with most other watch
05/30/2007 - 18:16

brands stopped or at least highly reduced PW production.

As to define the threshold in time between a vintage and a modern PW is about the same as a vintage and modern wrist watch. It seems that the unwritten rule is anything pre quartz crisis (early 70s) is vintage and anything post (early 80s) is considered modern.

Just my 2 cents...

Jaime ! Vintage vs modern....
05/30/2007 - 20:31

Only God knows :-)

I'm as old as I consider my PW in WG form 1959,

the knife sharp one as modern PW,

but I would say that already in the art deco period,

which means already the 20's and 30's,

there were some very,

very modern designs from VC !

These pics I have borrowed from Antiquorum,

which is an amazing resource to us,

as well as buying from,

as a source of information.

An unlimited library

From 1930 !

The snake's ends, are the hands !

And this from 1939,

could have been made yesterday !

Wonderful pieces,

aren't they 


Re: Jaime ! Vintage vs modern....
05/31/2007 - 08:53


Thanks to both for your very informative postings. It's interesting to see how modernity could be discussed both from aesthetic and the history of watchmaking viewpoints.

I'll be checking those auction sites! Many thanks again.


The vintage world in general and vintage VCs in particular are
05/31/2007 - 13:30


Welcome onboard

Glad to have you among us :-)
05/31/2007 - 19:28


Re: Hello Omar,
06/05/2007 - 12:34

Hi Doc,

You have truly beautiful watches! I ame blown away by the quality of these watches, they seem to just come out of the workshop!!!!!

I do not have a VC pocket watch just yet, but I am on the lookout for one everytime I am in Europe... I actually enjoy going to flea markets and visit vintage watch dealers, hoping to find something 'special'... I have already found a 1919 IWC pocket watch as well as a 1939 Tiffany & Co rose gold (quite rare actually as they used mostly yellow gold at the time)!

That Tiffany model should be quite interesting! Is the movement by
06/07/2007 - 17:33