a question about references

The accompanying description for a Ref 4240 in a catalogue (Alex will know the one, for obvious reasons) says, '...reference 4240 displayed a variety of case and dial designs'. That being the case, what actually makes a reference a reference? If the dial and case vary, how does one recognise it as a 4240? 

Hard question to answer...
05/22/2016 - 10:32


The only thing I can say is that

the way references are assigned depends on the individual manufacturers.



A guess
05/22/2016 - 10:46

The catalogue description was wrong.

Ref. 4240 should not have any case variation.  That is what, up until this year, defined a Reference number in the world of VC.  The dial and hands could change, but the case should not if it keeps the same Ref. number.

Ref. 4240, if others out there don't already know, is the iconic triple-date watch in a round case with claw lugs.  A true VC classic.

One of the many reasons our Alex is so knowledgeable about Ref. 4240
05/22/2016 - 10:53

Read his true story:  http://www.thehourlounge.com/en/vacheron-constantin-discussions/my-vintage-triple-date-4240-disaster-story-547358

We love you Pal, and there is not one WIS that does not identify with at least one part of your great story! smiley

the plot thickens! The catalogue essay is in fact verbatim from
05/23/2016 - 09:33

my article on VC calendar watches hereThe info came directly from VC so I don't remember the specifics about this ref but will check with them again


Could the case variation be different metals?
05/23/2016 - 10:31

Looking forward to seeing what VC has to say.  :-)

it was a reference to only different case metals.I will change the article as to make
05/23/2016 - 17:15

the wording clearer

Thanks Alex for the definitive clarification! (nt)
05/23/2016 - 17:21
Re: it was a reference to only different case metals.I will change the article as to make
05/24/2016 - 00:18

That's a relief to know.

I can't imagine any other case on that watch.

Truly a classic and a defining design for Vacheron.

An interesting 4240 story
05/22/2016 - 21:44


Alex's "Disaster Story" may provide some insight. (If not, it's still a great story.) Click here.

Should have looked first...
05/22/2016 - 21:44

It's the same link as Dan's. Sorry...