Vacheron & Constantin 1937.

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Vacheron & Constantin 1937.



Re: Vacheron & Constantin 1937.
05/19/2008 - 19:14

Hello Doc,

I hope you feel better now.

Could you explain why the VC production of year 1937 was so little ? I would have better understood about year 1929 and the following years...

Best regards,


That's why I love V&C :-)
05/19/2008 - 21:46

In the depression, all manufacturers,

made much simpler and cheaper watches and lot more of them, to survive,

except one, V&C.. 

That's why they nearly got killed!

They kept on doing the most exspensive watches on earth,

like this, one of my most exclusive and rare Vacheron&Constantins!

Just imagine, now we are talking 1937 (!), brushd rosé gold and applicate yellow gold figures,

no other watchmaker would have dared to think of it!

And creating perhaps one or five, such watches, sure took it's time.

Yes I know you seen it before , and I boring some of you, but believe me this art,

and to me this is as near the summit as tick-talk was

and the ORIGINAL buckle (!), in rosé gold, of course

The year after, 1938, V&C had the chance to emerge with JLC,

and work arms in arms until 1965, but they both still kept their identities.

That it was JLC, was because they had been serving V&C with ebauchés,

for decades, and where , and still are the best maker of movements.

Of course V&C can make wonders with these ebauchés, but still,

JLC has made the most calibers of all watchmakers, no doubt

Re: That's why I love V&C :-)
05/19/2008 - 21:57

Thank you for your VC knowledge !

Re: That's why I love V&C :-)
05/20/2008 - 02:52

That's brilliant Doc this is why the Lounge needs you

"Yes I know you seen it before , and I boring some of you, but believe me this art,

and to me this is as near the summit as tick-talk was "

Every thing seems to be connected is the watch world during the 30's as far as the future identity and development of some brands.

-JLC was about to buy Patek, then the Stern Brothers which was a dial making firm stepped with a winning counter offer.

-JLC ends up joining up with Vacheron Constantin

-Albert Pellaton techincal director of Vacheron leaves after the deal  leaves to join IWC and creates  some legendary calibers among them the Cal.89 hand-wound and Cal.85 automatic with the Pellaton winding system.

05/20/2008 - 16:44

Georges Ketterer, who 1938 was marketing director of JLC,

than appointed director of Vacheron&Constantin,

and later head of the board,

after falling in love with Vacheron&Constantin,

he buys it out from JLC!

It's a terrible tragedy that his son died to early,

or we could have had a another dynasty...

What more is to say

Yes, I'm better, but still writing this on my knees....

Take care guys, enjoy the rest,

soon I'm back, terrorizing you again  


One of the members of the Ketterer family is still with VC and is in
05/20/2008 - 17:30

charge of publicity campaigns.

Alex, as always you makes me glad,
05/20/2008 - 20:32

but we had rather seemed him as owner ? 



thanks for the explanation Doc, good to have you back :-) (nt)
05/20/2008 - 12:11


Re: Vacheron & Constantin 1937.
05/21/2008 - 10:51

Hi, probably build some years before if i comare the production number, but built in a reverse way.

Funny is not it ?.

Unfortunatly i have the movement, the dial and the hands, but not the case !!.

Best regards.


They had so many...
05/21/2008 - 17:42

But this is sure older

And I only have the movement



Re: Doc-Just curious...
05/22/2008 - 02:37

from what year is the movement in the last picture?



05/22/2008 - 14:41

the name Vacheron Frères was used 1790 - 1810

I would have had the rest of the watch....

But this movement I found several years ago,

at ebay (!), and bought it for a very affordable sum

After seeing some other mpovements from the time, I am pretty sure it's from the 1790s.

Compare with this, from the VC Museum.

It's from 1750 - 1760, the first known Vacheron

Picture from the book "Secrets of Vacheron Constantin".



Re: They had so many...
05/22/2008 - 20:09

Hi Doc, does the "bridge" show the name "Vacheron&C" as mine ?

It has been given by an old watchmaker cmlose to my house that was prety sure to haver the case, but has not found it

Best regards.


05/22/2008 - 21:15

no way I would guess, they looked the same all of them, more or less...