Is there a VC for me ?

1st post; long time lurker.
I love the history and look of the Vacheron line. Have looked at many others but Vacheron Constantine speaks to me ( have to admit a Blancpain FF is pretty stunning)
Had a pretty good spring business season (landscape lighting) and am looking to reward myself with a watch.

So if I may ask for suggestions...
My requirements are;
That the watch be bulletproof and idiotproof as I am fairly hard on watches.
That it be mostly depreciated as this is a $ stretch for me. Champagne taste beer budget.
That it be "sporty" as formal is not a fit.

I like the Overseas.
A 222 in stainless would be awesome but hard to come by and practical ?
Anything else come to mind ?
Hi Lightguy, welcome to THL!
06/06/2013 - 09:28
I think the Overseas would be your best bet.  But be warned, some of the things that make the case so interesting (such as the mix between polished and brushed areas of the case, etc.)  will also attract scratches. I have 2 OSs, both on bracelets - and they attract scratches.  It doesn't bother me and I know I can get all the the deepest ones polished every 5 years when I send them in for service if I want to.  (I usually don't have them polished, because I know I will scratch them up again pretty quickly). In terms of reliability, they have been very reliable for me.  Though I do not do a lot of physical work like you do in landscaping.  I take them swimming in both the beach and pool (no scuba diving), as well as hiking and any other outdoor activity. Best Regards, Dan
following your criteria I can only see one watch and that's the
06/06/2013 - 11:10
Overseas! I had the US secial for a few years and went hiking, skiing, swimming and even getting rowdy with my small boys and it has been pretty rugged and no issues.
Overseas in rubber straps?
06/06/2013 - 14:51
Welcome to the lounge! How about some Overseas in rubber strap? May be more sporty and won't attract scratches like the bracelet (which is a mix of classy and sporty). Examples below (titanium bezel, grey dial -  a dual time and a chronograph). cheers robin wong
A follow up question for the Loungers
06/06/2013 - 17:01
Well, as everyone else is saying, the Overseas is the one for you from Vacheron Constantin, and I would suggest specifically the simple, time-only Automatic with the date.  The movement is less complicated and there are fewer functions like a chronograph or dual time to mess up if you are hard on watches, as you said. It will make for a great daily companion and one that you can even dress up and wear out in the evening, I think.  Robin suggested the rubber strap, and this is another very good idea.  It is less expensive than the metal bracelet, still elegant, very supple and comfortable.  This option also gives you the deployant clasp and the half Maltese Cross buckle, which for me is just one of the joys of wearing a VC.  wink I have a stainless steel chronograph, and like Alex, I wear mine during many kinds of activities and it holds up well both cosmetically and in terms of performance.  My question to the guys who own the Overseas with a titnium bezel is:  how does the bezel hold up to scratches?  I have found that the stainless steel bezel, due in large part to its shape and design, does a good job of hiding scratches, and I wonder if the titanium performs similarly.  I keep thinking about getting a Deepstream Overseas Automatic myself someday.cheeky Well, lightguy, good luck in your decision.  I hope you end up getting a VC and let us know when you do. Robert  
Re: A follow up question for the Loungers
06/08/2013 - 07:09
There is not a single scratch on my titanium bezel and the watch is two years old. Hope this helps.
Very helpful, elau. Thank you!
06/10/2013 - 16:58
Re: A follow up question for the Loungers
06/08/2013 - 16:27
My son wanted a Breitling. The Emergency  model became the stand out for his requirements. They make a Ti and SS version. It was pointed out to me that brushed Ti cannot be readily refinished if scratched but a shiny Stainless can be hot polished to like new. I went with the stainless Mission model.
06/10/2013 - 17:00
That is an issue, as I understand it, for titanium.  I think it can be refinished, but it is not as easy as for stainless steel. 
Who the hell is this Constantine guy anyway?
06/06/2013 - 18:05
LOL, probably a relative of Pateck devil.  Kidding aside, the Overseas was my entry ticket and I suppose a good many others too yes.  A good beginning before taking the plunge into "&".
Ah ha, found him...
06/06/2013 - 18:07
It was probably Francois' daughter :-)
06/06/2013 - 18:44
Re: Who the hell is this Constantine guy anyway?
06/08/2013 - 16:22
Doh ! I blame Spell Checker (as always).
Your good humor is appreciated...
06/08/2013 - 20:46
Some people really twist angel.  Kudos for attempting the reference to Constantin instead of dismissing the entire family branch with a truncated "Vacheron" angry.   Although the brand began with the Vacheron family in 1755, sixty-four years later it became forever Vacheron (& et) Constantin.  FWIW, the Vacheron family disappeared from involvement in the Manufacture with the death of Charles Vacheron in 1870, whereas the last Constantin descendant, Leon, only retired in 1995.  Doing the math: Vacheron 115 years, Constantin 176 years.  Even including the period 1870 - 1887 under Veuve Cesar Vacheron, the count would still be in Constantin's favor.