post 100: the story of my first V&C

OK, I've been waiting for a week to post this (since I received back from service my most cherished V&C) and filling up the server space with other posts to get to post 100 and make it special... post 100: the story of my first V&C
It all started in the spring of '06, on a nice sunny afternoon in the southern Dutch town of Maastricht, strolling along the old medieval streets.
Flash back to one year priviously, when I first got interested in mechanical watches and bought my first timepiece (not a VC). At the time, my mind was full of these almost magical names, Patek Phillip, Breguet, and most appealling to me, Vacheron Constantin, which epitomized the ultimate goal and achievements of of owning the top in watchmaking.
I had never thought in my mind that I would ever own one of these fabled timepieces; they were more a symbol, a dream and part of watchmaking mythology than a reality. I had come to terms that I would probably never own one.

Flash forward to spring 2006 and a visit to a small watch shop in Maastricht. I saw a Vacheron & Constantin watch, from the 50s or early 60s (didn't know at the time), in near perfect condition, the dial could have been made yesterday. The movement was absolutely exquisit, better than my mother's Jaeger Lecoultre from the 60s (which I had checked as soon as I went to visit after my interest in watches started). This was what it was all about...

My girlfriend encouraged me to buy it, seeing my passion and my tremblign fingers as I was handling the timepiece. It took me a little while to realize that I had in my possession a Vacheron & Constantin watch, the epitome of high horology. A feeling of absolute elation inhabited me... My girlfriend told me a few times in the following days to stop looking at my watch as she saw the joy and especially the unbridle pride I had in that watch.

I sounds very cheesy, but it is difficult to describe the strength of those emotions. I am sure most of you have had these feeligns too and you can fully understand them post 100: the story of my first V&C

It is a reason I decided to have it fully service by VC and obtain a certificate of authenticity. After many tribulations and 14 months, it arrived last week!!!
I had almost forgotten how nice the watch looked... my pictures don't make it justice as usual, especially the near mint state of the two tone dial...

When I bought the watch I also got given a VC box, which si not the original box (it does not have the "&"), but I have it anyway.

They changed the crown for a VC crown with the cross on it.

Now, here are some pictures, with the cover of this year's Mardi Gras guide with a Art Deco style just for Doc...

The watch with the certificate:

post 100: the story of my first V&C

The box, and the little thingy VC sent with the watch, both great for traveling:

post 100: the story of my first V&C

More of the box:

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post 100: the story of my first V&C

post 100: the story of my first V&C

post 100: the story of my first V&C

Picture of the movement before service: (I haven't got a nice one after service yet)

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And with the Mardi Gras background:

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Congratulations, Nico...
01/31/2008 - 00:52

that is a fine story, and a beautiful watch. Many of us can, of course, relate to the excitement which you felt initially, and also the pride which you felt when the watch returned from service.

One suggestion, though: wear the watch with solid color shirts, rather than those with Mardi Gras designs!


Tony C.

Re: Congratulations, Nico...
01/31/2008 - 16:37

Something to be said about a Mardi Gras design shirt...

If you ain't got buttons for it, don't wear it! All kidding aside:

Your watch, the watch box, just out of this would. Best, Miki

Re: post 100: the story of my first V&C
01/31/2008 - 04:33

Hi Nico,


Its a real beauty, elegant and with a terrific movement (Geneva seal too)

Where or what dealer did you get it from in Maastricht?

I ask because that's where I got my vintage VC from with a 454 movement. (over the internet, however)

It really is a small world!

Wear it in good health!


I don't remember...
02/02/2008 - 18:11

... the name of the small shop. It had one of those Dutch names that I have had a very hard time remembering.... I will try and find out, but I can't promise anything...

It is a coincidence though that you also got your watch in Maastricht, it is such a small place, yet has so many watch shops...

01/31/2008 - 08:34

The dial looks almost similar to that of patrimony traditionelle and it's a beautiful one. Congrats on such an excellent watch. It shows that VC takes a piece of its element from the past to its newest models.

What a story! It felt as we were there with you! I definately can
01/31/2008 - 11:12

relate to the so special moment when you find a watch and you just know that it has been there waiting for you!

Its a gorgeous looking timepiece (love the two tone dial) and in absolute pristine condition.

May it time only happy moments.

the story of your 1st VC but certainly not your last :-) It may have
01/31/2008 - 11:47

taken quite some time to be back on your wrist but it definately was worth it!

Wear it in best of health and thank you for sharing.

Cool story...
01/31/2008 - 13:25

...and amazing watch...

Very simple and classic

I really like the dial - looks like a frosted finish, it is really nice. The movement is also very nice - and it's got the Geneva seal!

I guess it must have been a very long 14 months, and now you can feel "complete" again!

Congratulations, and wear it in good health!


Nico, my friend !
01/31/2008 - 13:54

The watch is stunning,

the original box is stunning

and the cerificate is stunning

And what more is it's a coincidence,

reading your post number 100,

wearing this, because

it's the only VC that I got a cerificate on !

Bought in Geneva at the Quarter of Millenium Auction,

when Alex and I for the first time met outside the internet

Congrats from,


Congrats to you Doc!
01/31/2008 - 14:14

That's a really nice piece of Art Deco you have there... and it comes from V&C 

Was there a name that was given to this model or am I wrong?

Hi Radek,
01/31/2008 - 19:58

No name.

Ref. 4591.

And it's from 1950, but still wears the Art Deco signs !

Many, including me, stretches the Art Deco from 1910-1950 !

Some says it's the time between the wars, 1919-1939,

but honestly, there were no evolution in the art during WWII,

and the cars and watches,

that came the first years after 1945, were all designed in the 30's.

I believe this, and yet with some influence, of the times coming.

But as the more "modern" watches came, they all became round

This is still rectangular and has very clean lines, in my opinion !

I love it


Re: Nico, my friend !
01/31/2008 - 16:46

Another "one" comes out for some love!

Doc, especially in conjuction with this fourm, have rekindled my passion for VC.

RE: Your latest offering; How many Pateks copied these beautiful lines, 2-3 ?

Now all that's left is for me to get back in the VC game, I'll need to find one.

As always, wear in good health especially with your VC buttons. Best, Miki

love that dial. And the movement ain't too shabby either :-) NT
01/31/2008 - 15:14


Absolutely beautiful piece Nico, congratulations!
01/31/2008 - 17:21


That is just beautiful
01/31/2008 - 17:25

I really like the two tone dial. The large calibers, 453 and 454, have become favorites of mine.

Does anyone know if there is any significance to the fact that the movement has been marked with the geneva seal twice? I have seen movements with just a single mark, and some with none. Have there even been any with more than two marks? Just curious.

my understanding is that the seal is put on the base plate and on the
02/02/2008 - 10:02

center bridge and on the models where it is missing an explanation could be that down the line the bridge could have been changed.

A wonderful story, Nico
02/01/2008 - 19:44

But it's quite unbelievable to wait for 14 months!

It's the kind of story to put on Doc's book; congrats again

Thanks all for your very kind words... :-)
02/02/2008 - 18:12

I really appreciated reading the comments and good words you had for my pride and joy