A question for owners of the Two-tone Vacheron 222


I am the happy owner of a steel 222, and I find it truly fascinating.  A friend of mine, while looking for one, came across two in Gold/Steel.

Looking at web images, he hcame up with a qustion which I could not answer - i.e. should the middle links be in solid gold or just laminated on one side?

The image below whould show better.  In one the middle link is clearly gold on both sides, in the other only on the outside.

Which one is right - or are they expression of different years of production?

Any good answer much appreciated

Best wishes

A question for owners of the Two-tone Vacheron 222
I refuse to answer your question until you post a photo of your
04/09/2014 - 16:03
immensly desirable 222 in steel heart Just kidding devil Normally the 222 in steel/gold just had the gold on the outter part of the link (photo 2). However it is possible that the full gold link could have been a special order. If you can find the case and movement numbers of the watch in photo 1 I can check.
Ciao Alex
04/09/2014 - 16:36
... and thanks for your quick answer.   I had the slight suspicion that it was related to being a 39mm or a 34 mm model -  but on the 39mm it is the norm then. The photos of my 222 .... are those of the opened watch shown in Leonardo's  review post on 222.  At that time the watch was being serviced by RZ, a well-known watchmaker in Treviso (Italy). Anyway, what's missing is one at my wrist, so here wego. Thanks!    Franco
I am dead and in heaven! Thanks for the shot :-) The Italians have
04/09/2014 - 16:38
dried up the steel 222 market! these watches are all in your beautiful country and non left for us simple mortals frown wear it in best of health
04/10/2014 - 00:49
I am green with envy, I want one NOW
Fascinating discovery!
04/09/2014 - 19:37
I believe the top photo is my old 222, a Ref 44018 "Jumbo" circa 1980 which obviously had the solid 18k links. However, going through my collection of photos has revealed only gold-capped links on the other non-Jumbo variations of the 222 line.  Of course, being VC there has to be an exception, so here is one example of a Jumbo with capped links, sold new in 1990 according to my notes (although production stopped in 1984). Your suggestion that a change was made during production sounds right.  The Jumbo was introduced in 1977 so perhaps the capped links were brought in with the later models.  Although it doesn't answer your question, Leonardo posted an informative article on the 222 here: Vacheron Constantin "222" Review.
Re: Fascinating discovery!
04/15/2014 - 07:01
If that helps, here is a picture of one of my Gold/Steel 222 spare link.  The watch warranty was stamped in October 1982, so production may not be far from tick-talk's jumbo. For what it is worth, this link comes from my square 222.  
Hey, now!
04/15/2014 - 16:00
First, thanks for posting that picture which seems to show gold overlay on top of the central link, but steel on the bottom.  I'm thinking the gold is actually capped over a solid steel link.  This may explain the process for those bi-colored pieces and reinforces my theory that only the Jumbo's had solid gold links. Now, show us your square 222...please! 
Re: Hey, now!
04/15/2014 - 20:40
As you may have guessed from the picture I posted yesterday, photographing is really not one of my strenghts. This is the best picture I happen to have, from its first christmas on my wrist.
Thanks, that is great to see!
04/15/2014 - 23:06
especially on the wrist yes
I love the 222!!!!
04/15/2014 - 16:07
Re: A question for owners of the Two-tone Vacheron 222
09/20/2014 - 17:15

I got these incredible wacht from my father, I would like to know more about it