Earlier this year I was in a hunt for a sporty stainless steel watch and to be honest, VC overseas was not on top of my list. Only after I went to visit their boutique, I just fell in love with this watch. There is a golden rule in a watch community: "Buy the watch that sings to you the most". Among all of the watches that I own and ever owned, this is the only watch that always brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.
This watch will turn 6 months next week so I guess it is the right time for me to share with you guys my experience with this piece.
Accuracy: This watch is extremely accurate. Mine is averaging +2 seconds a day. Even though the movement can't be seen, I don't mind "trading" it with a beautiful engraved medallion, 150m water resistance and antimagnetic case back. It is also impressive that with all of those features VC manages to keep the watch thinness at 9.70 mm.
Versatility: I have been wearing this watch in almost any occasions. Office work, dinner event, walks in the beach and park, loitering around in the malls, you name it.
Worn with suit? Check.
VC and a pair of Chuck taylor? why not?
Comfort: I don't have a big wrist (6.75") and this watch has defied my perception that an automatic mechanical watch won't sit nicely on my wrist due to its thick case back. The combination of flat case back, super comfortable bracelet (it took me some time to get the correct configuration of the links), reasonable size (42mm) make this watch a perfect fit for an everyday watch.
Ruggedness: I owned stainless steel "Italian diver" and a "moon watch" before and I would say that the stainless steel material in my Overseas is less prone to scratches. I wear my watches on my right hand, so scratches are mostly accumulated on the left side of the watch case. However, after 6 months, I do not see any visible deep scratches on the side of my Overseas, unlike my other watches.
The brushed stainless steel bracelet holds up very very well. Those desk diving marks are pretty much "covered" and unseen by naked eyes.
My only downside about my watch is that the instant date jump happens consistently between 12.40-45am instead of 12.00-05. I am quite surprised initially as I purchased this watch brand new from the boutique. I spoke to VC watchmaker in Singapore and he recommended a light servicing in order to fix this. At the end, I decided not to send it as this is not really a big deal for me as I rarely wear my watch after 10 pm. Maybe I will ask him to fix it in the next couples of years once the regular maintenance dues.
I also wish to give shout out to the customer service from VC (especially in Singapore & Hong Kong). They are very responsive especially in the way they following up on some matters.
All in all, I am very satisfied with my Overseas and VC as a brand. As mentioned by others here, the Overseas line is indeed the gate to the Vacheron's world. I started to do more research about VC current and vintage collections. In fact, I already plan for my next purchase in the upcoming years, maybe from the Patrimony or Les Historiques collection :D