Question about movement in brass case

Hello, I have an old Vacheron Constantin pocket watch movement that is in a brass-case, see attached pictures.

I am trying to figure out what this is, the closest I can find is shipwatches that are in wooden boxes on a metall frame.

Can you tell me anything about this watch?, caliber, whats it for etc. It works perfectly and keeps time.

the case is 60 mm in diameters, and the movement about 45 mm.

serial number 360688 (ca 1910?).

I have some buyers for it, but dont know how to price it.

Many thanks

Question about movement in brass case

Question about movement in brass case
Question about movement in brass case
Re: Question about movement in brass case
01/29/2011 - 18:31
Hello, It looks like a watch used in cars before they were incorporated: between 1905 and 1915 ? This is my guess only. All the  best to my fellow loungers, Berny
Re: Re: Question about movement in brass case
01/29/2011 - 19:02
hm, ok, sounds logical, couldnt find any pics on the web about thoose kind of watches. is there any value in this? or just a collectible? thanks
No valuations...but some observations
01/30/2011 - 20:11
Welcome to the Lounge.  We don't provide valuations but are always pleased to discuss interesting watches like yours.  The standard references for value are auction houses, etc. Berny's suggestion is fascinating and may well be possible, as may be your initial thoughts that it is a deck watch.  I think  your time period is right-on.  One feature of early dashboard clocks was the stem at 6 o'clock, whereas all V&C deck watches I've seen to-date have had the stem at 12 o'clock.  Yours being a hunter-style, lever-set model with display back is unusual, even impractical, for either application. Does the brass case have any markings?  Does the bezel unscrew or is access only through the back?  The reason why I'd be interested in knowing more about case markings is that it may be custom-made.  Lever-set V&C watches are usually attributed to the American market where that feature was required for railroad use.  Many manufacturers responded to the opportunity of such a huge market by creating numbers of these types, however, V&C's offerings did not catch on (cost I suppose) and the importer was left with a large stock of movements that were available for general use. The machined groove at the foot strongly suggests that the outer case mounts to something, sandwich style, while the display back indicates it was intended to be observed from the reverse...a bit of a puzzle for sure!
Re: No valuations...but some observations
01/31/2011 - 11:57
thank you for that good answer. No markings on the case, access only from the back. It actually looks like it is a movement from an old pocket watch, it came from a collection of pocket movements mounted in wooden cases like the brass one, maybe they sold the gold and kept the movements for spareparts. Someone even suggested it was for educational display..??