Seeking info on inherited VC watch

I have inherited from family a Vacheron & Constantin Geneve Man's Watch with Gold weave band and would like to learn more about it and its maker.
There are three hallmarks on the back of the watch with also a set of numbers ??538109.  Front of clasp has the Swiss cross, back of clasp hallmarked with SWISS MADE, 750, Swiss Cross, three additional hallmarks.  Watch is in excellent working order.  Thank you for any information on how to learn more about this beautiful watch.
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Hi Cynthia
04/13/2012 - 21:18
and welcome to the Lounge. The number you provided, if 538109 is the movement serial number, would indicate that the watch was produced between 1955 and 1960 (which would make sense as you mention that the brand has the ampersand in the name). However, without pictures it is difficult to tell exactly which model or whether this number is in fact the movement number. So if you provide us with pictures, someone here will definately be able to help you. Best, Walid
Re: Hi Cynthia
04/14/2012 - 17:35
Re: Hi Cynthia
04/14/2012 - 17:37
I'm not sure if these pics are as clear as you might need, but am having great difficulty getting 'good' shots of the markings on the back and clasp. Thank you for any assistance you might offer. Cynthia
Re: Re: Hi Cynthia
04/15/2012 - 03:37
I believe these pictures show the markings best. Cynthia
Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
04/15/2012 - 20:56
Do you know if the dial has been fixed or refinished in anyway? Usually there is a "Swiss" (if it was produced pre-1972) or "Swiss Made" (if it was produced post-1972) under the 6 o'clock marker. Also, being that there is an ampersand in the name "Vacheron & Constantin", this would indicate that the watch was produced pre-1974, which would mean that there should be an accent above the second "E" in GENÈVE (I cannot tell from the picture). That said, by looking at the pictures the number you provided, 538109, is in fact the case number rather than the movement number (apologies for the error), which would mean that the 1955-1960 time-frame I provided is inaccurate. If I am not mistaken, I have seen models with very similar bracelets to the one you have (for instance ref. 7186), which some call a basketweave design, from the 1970s. Unfortunately, I have not come accross this particular model before, so this is the most info I can confidently provide. I am sure someone here would be able to provide you with more information - if anyone can, the good people here can! Best, Walid
Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
04/16/2012 - 01:07
The case number suggests manufacture probably between 1975-1980. There are instances especially in smaller watches where the "accent grave" on the 2nd "e" in Geneve was either not put on or is not visilbe without magnification. The "swiss" also was sometimes absent but that is truer in older watches. Perhaps its just the angle of the photo. A pic of the movement with the S/N would also help. Regards, JB
Re: Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
04/16/2012 - 18:37
Thanks for the clarification JB! As always, everytime I read one of your posts I learn something new :) Best, Walid
Re: Re: Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
04/16/2012 - 19:05
Thank you to both of you.  I will have to have someone remove the backing to get the pics you suggested.   On close observation, there is no accent above the E in GENEVE.   Also the number off the back seems partially worn to where there may be additional numbers in front of the numbers I can read. I will work at getting a pic of the workings and better of s/n today. Thank you again. Cynthia
Re: Re: Re: Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
04/16/2012 - 19:24
The accent may have just worn off. I have also seen both watches and clocks where the word "swiss" was absent. Another interesting example, but not applicable here is that in watches with applied numerals, the "6" sometimes covered the word "swiss" (it was painted on first and then the gold numeral applied. I have seen this too but it is not very commom. Cheers, Joseph
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
01/25/2013 - 14:47
I have atached two pictures of the insides of the watch I am trying to learn more about.  Please let me know if you can give me more info. It is my understanding the only thing that is not original on this piece is the stem.  I have the original stem also.  Thank you, Cynthia
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Thanks for the pics, Cynthia
01/25/2013 - 14:47
I have atached two pictures of the insides of the watch I am trying to learn more about.  Please let me know if you can give me more info. It is my understanding the only thing that is not original on this piece is the stem.  I have the original stem also.  Thank you, Cynthia
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01/27/2013 - 22:32
I'm looking for any information on this watch I can get.  Please let me know if you can tell me more. Cynthia