In looking at the history of the VC 37010 I came away with the following sequence:
1. 1972 Prestige de la France was introduced—versions for both men and women.
2. In 1999 The MCMLXII (37010) arrived--a much smaller version of the Prestige de la France (Prestige de la Luxembourg?) and styled with sharp corners—a men's version (mechanical), but there were women's versions as well. (On this forum, Dino944 had one.)
3. At some point they dropped the mens' version and had a number of women's version (all I believe were quartz--but I could be mistaken.)
4. In 2013, the new 1972 Prestige was introduced with both men's and women's version. To me, it looks a lot like the 1972 Prestige de la France. The men's movement is mechanical as was the original version.
To me, it is one of the most unique dress watches I've seen. It's a good alternate for my OS—Plain situation where I may bump into things: The Overseas. Fancy, I'll don the MCMLXII. I can't keep staring at it.
Just big enough for my wrist.
After wearing my Overseas, this watch is as light as a feather. It's not especially thin like the Prestige models, but it is quite comfortable. From the top view you can get an idea of its width relative to the standard VC leather band:
One of the concerns I had with buying this watch was the clasp: it didn't look right compared to other 37010s. The others had a trapzoid shape, while this one appeared to be a plain vanilla tang. That mystery was solved too, as shown in the following pictures:
Buckle mystery solved...
The band that came with it saw very little use, and I suspect that the original owner got tangled up laching it and just let it languish. The deployant mechanism works fine, but threading the band through the trapazoid is awkward since the rod that goes into the band holes is fixed atop the entry. Also, the band seems to be a bit short for the average man's wrist—in the bottom left picture above you can see that the tip of the band barely makes it to the band-strap. However, I'm finding that with practice, the band is becoming less of a chore to get on and off. One thing, though; it's very secure. Below shows the band, deployant and trapezoid buckle.
The Band and deployant
The back of the case is interesting insofar as the MCMLXXII has a somewhat art decco font and four screws holding the back on.
Back of the case
I had a jeweler open the back of the case for me so that I could get the 6-digit number indicating something about the watch. Unfortunately, my iPhone's camera could not get number clearly, and I had no idea what I was looking for. Later when I called the VC consigliere, she told me where to look; so I'm going to have to get a big magnifying glass and have another go at it.
I understand that it runs on a calibre 1055, and that is a subject I have loads to learn about.
By the way, does anyone know the screwdrive size of these tiny screws on the back? The jeweler's screwdriver indicated it was a 1.60 something or other. Whatever it is, I want to get a good one. Also a loupe....and a caliper. I better stop.