Something New for Me from VC!

Loungers --

I've had my eye on this piece for a while through various Internet sightings, but had never seen it in the metal until yesterday at my favorite NorCal/Central Coast AD.

And, given my gratitude to VC for the recent festivities in Geneva, I thought it appropriate that I take the leap and acquire this lovely watch:

Something New for Me from VC!

Things I like about it:

1. The Overseas is "my" high-end sportwatch -- having considered the RO, various GOs, the BP Fifty Fathoms on the X-71 bracelet, even Omega and Rolex, and dismissed the PP offerings, for me this generation Overseas design is the right combination of design cues for my eye and wrist.
2. The Ti details are great -- especially like the crown guards
3. The grey leather strap -- this surprised me, as in photos it tends to look washed out.  I had expected to ask the AD to put on the rubber strap right away, but think I'll be sticking with the leather.  Since I love the Overseas Maltese Cross bracelet so much, I'm also a bit surprised at how good this one looks on the strap -- may get a bracelet at some point, but for now this looks great
4. The grey dial -- very tasty.  
5. The packaging -- including the VC "passport," the Flash drive with all of the product photos and owners' manual, and the "stacked" presentation box holding all of the items in a cool form factor.
6. The Half-Cross deployant clasp -- very solid, and the half-cross is a classic look
7. The semi-instantaneous jumpinig minutes on the chrono -- more to my taste than the continuous minutes used on many chronos
8. The Cal. 1137 movement -- with VC's treatment of the classic Piguet base. Pusher feel is a lot nicer than on the varous valjoux-based chronos I've been fighting over the years. The flash drive synopsis says that this is a COSC movement, although I didn't see any paperwork on the timing test in my materials and the VC website seems silent on this topic -- can anyone enlighten me?
9. The big date -- at my age, getting to be a requirement
10.  The highly visible hour/minute hands and markers -- with fantastic lume
11. The antimagnetic cage -- probably doesn't come into play too much in real life, but fun to have
12. The size -- a large watch, but the size and color of the dial make it look smaller and it's thin enough to sit very comfortably on the wrist

The only thing that I understand but don't love is the blacked-out chrono hands -- nice for stealth, a little less so for legibility.  OK, one more: I already know that it's automatic and antimagnetic -- no need to print it on the dial.  All in all, a big list of positives and a very short list of reservations!

This is a piece that for me will work great for both office and weekend wear -- and my wife likes it better than my YG bracelet Overseas Dual Time, which she thinks is too flashy (but I love...).

That's it!  Really looking forward to owning this one.



Something New for Me from VC!
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02/04/2011 - 15:08
That is an awesome version of a great sportswatch.  I can't argue with anything in your summary, Gary.  The Overseas chrono is one beautiful watch.  Very tempting, indeed. Enjoy! respo
+1, Bravo Gary (nt)
02/04/2011 - 15:29
Thanks, Lin! (nt)
02/05/2011 - 03:04
Thanks, respo
02/05/2011 - 03:03
You're very kind!  In the end I pretty much narrowed it down to the BP Fifty Fathoms flyback and this watch, but kept coming back to what looked best to me and what I thought would retain its appeal over a long period of ownership.   I also thought that the new QdI day-date with the solid grey dial might push me away from this piece, but once I got a clear understanding of the price point of the QdI it was easier for me to move toward the Overseas.  I understand the benefits of the QdI, but in the end this one made most sense for me. Best, Gary 
what a beauty congrats! would love to see more photos :-)
02/04/2011 - 15:25
Thanks -- more photos posted below (nt)
02/05/2011 - 03:05
Gresat choice Gary! I agree about the unnecessary writing on the
02/04/2011 - 16:03
dial. May it time only happy moments  And yes please do post more scans
Appreciate it, Alex
02/05/2011 - 03:07
The writing on the dial was a small blemish (for me) on an otherwise tremendously attractive watch.   You're the guy who had the good sense to get in on the USA version of the Overseas, so I appreciate that you think this choice was a good call! Best, Gary
Looks great Gary, and a surprise to me...
02/04/2011 - 16:44
coming so quickly after picking up the Thalassa last month.  I guess you order the Thalassa year(s) ago, so this acquisition may not really have come that soon? CONGRATULATIONS on taking delivery!  Your on a roll in 2011, one watch per month so far - can't wait to see how the last ten months of this turn out for you! BR, Dan
Big year for me...
02/05/2011 - 03:15
Many thanks, Dan!  I guess I am having a big year so far, and more things coming. I'm expecting a special piece from Kari V. this summer and (drum roll please) Volker V. tells me that my VA should be here between April and June (no snickering, please, Alex ) so I'm hopeful on that front as well.  And who knows -- the Aronde may keep calling my name, or I may finally get around to that 1921 -- or I could have a breakout business year and plunk down for the QP Squelette in RG... Perhaps counterintuitively, buying this watch is part of a slight consolidation of my holdings.  I've resolved to focus on a smaller number of higher-end pieces, so plan to sell off many of my less-expensive watches (e.g., my Memovox is a good example of a piece that everyone should own at some point IMHO, but that perhaps should move on to a new home).  As part of that, I wanted to have one really strong daily wearer that would cover both business and pleasure use, so that I wouldn't miss some of those other pieces in my current rotation so much.  For me, this Overseas is that piece, chosen after some pretty lengthy deliberation. Check in with me in several months to see if I've followed through with my plans to sell -- the above paragraph could just be a lengthy rationalization of the fact that I really wanted this watch! Best, GaryG
Very exciting, and I agree with your watch portfolio strategy :-)
02/05/2011 - 12:31
We are all looking forward to seeing pictures of your new watches as they come into the fold, VC or not! As our famous Alex G. has quoted in the past "Nothing wrong with being good to yourself" BR, Dan
02/04/2011 - 16:53
That is indeed a very handsome version of the OS! Do post more pictures please.  If I may request pictures of the deployante buckle mechanism. May it time only happy moments!! All the best, Kazumi
Deployant photos posted below
02/05/2011 - 03:16
Thanks for the good wishes, Kazumi! Best, Gary
02/04/2011 - 20:40
....... that is on my list as one of the most wearable, beautiful-yet-rugged watches available today - it beats a daytona hands down. congrats! Gary
02/05/2011 - 03:18

Thanks!  It's not up to the standard of your chrono for sure, but I have a feeling that I'm going to be wearing this one a great deal for a long time.  At the end of the day, seems so much more right for me than the Daytona, which I flirted with pretty seriously for a while. Will hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Gary

Congratulations! Nice choice and the leather strap is a real winner
02/04/2011 - 21:22
on this one. You may like the rubber once you change over, but the leather on this one is so comfortable. Now you have me thinking again in this realm. Hope you drove one of your fast machines down to Carmel! Best to all, Tim
Hey Tim,
02/05/2011 - 03:21
I think that this watch would look good on you!  You definitely have the presence to carry this one off with ease. We brought the dog down to Carmel, so it's Lorrie's Audi, I'm afraid -- Had a good discussion with Hugues, who sends greetings to one and all of our Geneva traveling squad. Best, Gary
You are right and reading my mind. Sounds like a great day in Carmel
02/05/2011 - 03:28
and you came home with a watch. I mean, it just doesn't get any better..... unless your wife got a watch too! Still love that grey leather strap, pure class. Best to all, Tim
Great Review Gary
02/04/2011 - 23:00
Nice list of all the great features of the Gen II OS.  I think the strap options are a tangible improvement over the bracelet-only Gen I OS, which I found too heavy for vigorous use.  Glad to hear that despite the size upgrade, it does sit comfortably on the wrist, as that was also a problem with the Gen I - unless sized perfectly it would jiggle around excessively and the sharp edges would make their presence felt.  Thirdly, the anti-magnetic inner case is a technical improvement to the OS line that was very welcome.  On the negative side, you've hit a sympathetic nerve regarding readability.  These are tool watches, so utility in varied circumstances should be paramount! BTW, nice wrist shot too  Please share more views of the leather and rubber straps when you get the chance.
Found your views interesting, Dean
02/05/2011 - 03:24
Interesting to hear your experiences with the Gen I Overseas.  I do tend to wear my watches a bit snug, so may not be the absolute authoritative source on watch stability, but this one does seem to rest really well on my wrist. I've posted some additional photos below, and if/when I get the rubber strap on it I'll try to take more. As always, instructive to read your posts! Best, Gary
Additional Photos, as requested
02/05/2011 - 03:00
Thanks for asking -- here are a few additional photos, including some that highlight the deployant and grey croc strap. I like the 2/3 -- 1/3 split on the deployant, which positions it directly under the wrist.  This is a beefy clasp, too, and really gives a sense of confidence.  This appears to be pretty much the same unit used on the Parmigiani Kalpagraph, a watch that I own and whose clasp I've always liked. Of course, the half-Cross on the exterior of the buckle is pretty.  I like how the strap gets thicker as it approaches the case to match the thickness of the lugs. A full view of the clasp opened out, as seen from the inside. I'm still away on vacation and am shooting under a hotel desk lamp with a point-and-shoot, so I hope the images are of sufficient quality to answer your queries.  As always, all comments and suggestions welcomed! Best, Gary
Re: Additional Photos, as requested
02/05/2011 - 15:19
I've got to stop looking at this post or this watch is going to be giving my overly disposed of cash balance a heavy nudge in the worng direction sooner than is fiscally sensible.... I think you have made an excellent choice. I may re-read this post soon and realise I was self-serving in my praise! Really heart-felt congrats on a fabulous watch. Again! G
You have my full endorsement, Gary
02/05/2011 - 18:41 splurge on this beauty! Only wish I'd had it before SIHH to share with you and the gang. Great as always to hear from you -- and thanks again for the kind words. Best, Gary
Re: Additional Photos, as requested
02/07/2011 - 16:57
Gary, I have the exact watch and almost the exact sentiment about it. I too think the mouse gray strap looks more striking in person than in photo. I also have no desire to put on the rubber (at least for the time being) and also wanting to get the famous bracelet. I also own an AP RO and between the two, all my other watches become safe queens for months now.  I was out on the prowl for the RO 15300 in the beginning. But when I saw the OS at the AD, it was love at first sight and I put off the purchase of the RO for two months. The OS was with me all week last week on business and I could hardly work with it on. I caught myself stealing looks of it constantly :-) Here is mine.
looks like VC really hit the nail on the head with the mix of titanium
02/07/2011 - 18:19
and grey dial and strap
a versatile watch perfect both for business and casual attire: wear it
02/05/2011 - 18:28
in best of health
Thanks, Ace!
02/05/2011 - 19:53
Wearing it right now... Best, GaryG
Congrats Gary! nt
02/06/2011 - 10:20
Great Chrono! You and my wife have a very similar taste...
02/06/2011 - 10:48
The last piece she got was an Overseas Ti Dual Time which out of the three Ti versions looks the coolest in my opinion... May it time only hapy moments, Gary! I swear it will match your speedy car perfectly
You mean this car, Radek?
02/09/2011 - 13:44
My weekend driver, in Grigio Titanio to match the watch: I agree with you that the Dual Time is gorgeous -- as I already had the DT in YG I went with the chrono for the Ti.  Also, for me the chrono is perhaps a bit more masculine -- makes sense your wife would pick the other! Best, GaryG