Message Title: Possibly my first Vacheron...
Greetings, Gentlemen...this is my first post: and thank you so much for this fascinating forum!
My subject line reads “Possibly my first Vacheron...” simply because I have very recently acquired what I believed to be a Vacheron Chronograph from the 1940s to 1950s...but now I’m not so sure. I got excited when I ran into the opportunity to purchase the watch for a very nominal amount (right under the spot gold price of the bracelet alone...a young lady needed some very quick cash)...and I put the cart before the horse, buying the watch before understanding the authentication procedure.
Excuse me for being giddy, but I have never held a watch like this until now, and I cannot tell you folks how engrossed I have become over the past two days, just viewing this watch through a magnifier loupe. It is such a thing of rare beauty to watch the movements close up... At one point, I became so mesmerized as to feel I was in some kind of meditative state, almost drifting along with the movements...as though flowing like a fluid. Amazing!!
Now I think I know why so many are so taken and enamored with Vacheron Constintin!
But I’m still a tiny bit unsure...after reading of so many fakes out there, I have a sinking feeling that won’t go away until I authenticate this watch. Which is why I offer some questions for all of this forum.
Please refer to my (albeit somewhat crude) attached images and consider the following:
Numbers inside case back::::349926::::4072
Numbers/Letters on movement::::SWISS::::469957::::ADJ.TO TEMP::::NINETEEN 19 JEWELS::::492 <=(is this my Cal number?)::::VACHERON CONSTANTIN::::GENEVE.
Also, is a gold bracelet like this found on the original watch...or could it be a replacement/add-on? It seems gaudy compared to the leather bands? It is stamped:::: .750.
Also, a couple of the Roman numerals on the dial (face?) seem to have some soiling around them, as though adhesive has seeped onto the surrounding background. It isn’t just “awful” looking...but I’m wondering, “Can this be restored.?” Would it be worth restoring?
The crown seems a bit “skewed” or off center...but the watch winds fine & seems to be functional and keeping time.
If the watch is authentic...I may elect to restore it and cherish it. Otherwise, I will try to recover my cost, by offering it for the 18kt gold bracelet weight...I am so excited...but I would rather hear the truth than to delude myself in any way further!
Happy Holidays and Thank you all for your kind attention & comments.
VI Numeral shows halo of some soiling
could this bracelet be original to watch?