Review of my Overseas 47040

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.

Beveled edges.

Review of my Overseas 47040

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.

Review of my Overseas 47040

VC and a pair of Chuck taylor? why not?

Review of my Overseas 47040


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.

9.70mm thick.

Review of my Overseas 47040

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


Re: Review of my Overseas 47040
09/03/2015 - 07:04

Great reveiw. I just purchased my first VC last week and I'm already tempted to make the Overseas my next purchase. Congrats!

buying a VC is dangerous :-)
09/03/2015 - 10:59
Re: buying a VC is dangerous :-)
09/04/2015 - 02:07

Why didn't you all warn me about this 12 months ago!? I've unwittingly become a collector and it all started with a VC OS!!!

And now I want to buy an OS Dual Time with a blue dial...

Will it ever end? It won't will it?! Will it!!!???


PS - I just watched 'The Night of the Iguana' for the umpteenth time. ;-)

Indeed :D
09/04/2015 - 12:53
Wait, you're doing it wrong
09/03/2015 - 15:28

The Overseas is supposed to be the gateway, THEN the other VCs come. At least, that seems to be a common path. And one that our OP will find himself on. Great original post too. Great review, great pictures and a great watch.

Re: Wait, you're doing it wrong
09/03/2015 - 18:31

Starting the the OS probabaly would have save me a few bucks too. I'm not one for convention.

a great review and great photos:-) the Overseas looks surprising cool with a
09/03/2015 - 10:40


Congrats and welcome to THL!
09/04/2015 - 10:08

Alex may like it with a suit (which looks great BTW), but I'm more of a Chuck Taylor guy.  I remember having them in the 1970s.  BR, Dan

Re: Review of my Overseas 47040
09/04/2015 - 12:57

Really appreciate the compliments guys :) 

What an excellent review
09/04/2015 - 15:33

Thank you for posting this.  As other Loungers may have noticed, I have pretty strong feelings for and about the Overseas Chronograph, but my feelings about the Automatic continue to grow more ardent as well. 

I agree with all of your points in your terrific review.  My only frustration with the Overseas, and this extends to all models, I suppose, is that I want to wear it on the bracelet one day, on a leather strap another day and on the rubber strap the next. The Automatic and the Chronograph look particularly good on all three of the available options.  I remain quite annoyed with Vacheron Constantin about this actually.  I have figured out a solution to this dilemma, short of changing the straps/bracelet every so often, but it is expensive.  crying

I was reminded the other day, and you brought this up in your review, that each Overseas is deocrated on the caseback with that lovely engraving.  A friend of mine was looking at my watch the other day, he turned it over and just said, "Wow!"  I rarely stop to appreciate the engraving, but it is a nice compensation for the lack of see through caseback. 

Continue to enjoy your Overseas. 

I hope you don't mind, but its brother says hello:



Re: What an excellent review
09/08/2015 - 04:16

Thanks, Respo! You have a nice collection, too!

The thought of acquiring the straps and buckle did come into my mind several months after I bought the piece but and I definitely agree with you, that you need to pay "top $$$" for the straps and buckle. However, I think they really worth the price tags especially the half-Maltese-cross-theme buckle. It is very well finished.

Yeap, the emblem is gorgeous too, in fact I did not took of the back sticker until it fell of by itself because I wanted to keep it "scratch-free" :p