Seeking info on this Cal 466/3B beauty

This manual wind gold watch with a Cal 466/3B movement belonged to my grandfather. It was given to him as a gift in Italy in 1952. I am trying to gather as much information about it as possible. Its detail is beautiful and I am proud to have it be in our family. This watch was discussed a few years ago on this forum, but I would welcome any new thoughts and history on it from the experts on this board. Enjoy the photo. Apologies for the quality of the shot. Seeking info on this Cal 466/3B beauty
Ref. 4786
05/05/2012 - 19:37
Judging by the picture, it appears to be a Ref. 4786 if 35mm wide, with the Clous de Paris guilloche bezel and the 9-ligne caliber 466 "pitch-fork" movement.  Sometimes called a "Disco Volante", which literally means Flying Saucer.  That nickname was borrowed from an earlier model, but can be applied IMHO to any of the period watches characterized by a large flange and protruding caseback which gives the impression of a flying saucer when viewed from the back.Doc's picture
Gorgeous watch!
05/06/2012 - 10:30
Re: Seeking info on this Cal 466/3B beauty
06/20/2015 - 15:56

Three years since my last post on on my grandfather's timepiece, and I am happy to report it is currently in Geneva for its complete service and some way overdue maintenance.

I am also being offered dial restoration for this watch, but I am hesitant for them to mess with the dial. 

i would love to hear this forum's collective thoughts on dial restoration. Is it worth the cost? Will it impact the value of the watch?

thanks, David 

Dial Restoration
06/21/2015 - 01:14

Hi David,

If VC is offering to restore the dial as an option, then I would probably not do it.  I'd like the dial to be cleaned, but thats about it.

I had one vintage VC with water damage that VC restored the dial as a requirement for full service.  I accepted this restoration because I believe the thought was that without restoration, the damage would get worse over time.

Best Regards, Dan

P.S.  If you do not get many responses, I woulds suggest you post your question about dial restoration under a new topic/thread.  That way it will show up at the top of the discussion forum, instead of being "hidden" in a post that is three years old.

Re: Dial Restoration
06/22/2015 - 19:25

Thank you Dan! I tend to agree. I would likely use that same money for other watch investments. Cheers, David