The Vacheron Constantin Reverso

Nope VC isn't making reversible wrist watches but the brand did launch a Reverso model in 1934 ( 1 year after the JLC version) in only 3 pieces in steel.

The Vacheron Constantin Reverso

The Vacheron Constantin Reverso
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Re: The Vacheron Constantin Reverso
02/18/2010 - 12:45
Waouh, this is a very rare watch : does it belong to the Vacheron Constantin museum ? All the best to my fellow loungers, Berny
all 3 are in private collections (nt)
02/18/2010 - 15:17
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Very nice and rare!
02/18/2010 - 13:01
1934 was part of that period of extremely lean years of the Swiss watch industry wasn't it?  Very cool reverso, didn't know there was a VC one (or three). Is Birks the name of a jeweler?  Can we see what the other side looks like? Thanks Alex, I learn something new almost every week while hanging out in the Lounge!  BR, Dan
Happiness is a Birks Blue Box.
02/18/2010 - 14:10
Hi BR, Dan Birks was a nationwide Canadian retailer of Jewelry. In its heyday it was the equivalent of Tiffany in the USA. Its demise started in the eighties and has continued since. It is now barely a ghost of its former self. http://www.birks.com/ At one time Birks co-branded a number of different brands including Rolex, Vacheron, Longines and others. I am not sure if Patek is included in this list. They now sell "in-house" watches of unspecified OEM. My fellow Canadian Dean (Tick-Talk) is much better versed in historical matters and he may be able to give more information. Best, Mike S.
Thanks Mike, you've already provided me alot of info on Birks
02/18/2010 - 14:39
Thanks for the Link!  Best Regards, Dan
Hi Dan
02/19/2010 - 00:21
Dean left a fairly long essay on Birks in a thread on his aluminun pocket watch. Mike is right about them. They used to a Canadian institution but fell on hard times. They still carry a few brands like Omega but their heyday of high end products unfortunately is over. There are a few high end dealers left but seeing Birks take a nose dive was quite sad. It wasn't the only long-time Canadian instution to suffer. I'm sure all the Canucks here know about Eatons..a really sad story, perhaps another time. Regards, Joseph
Hi Dan
02/19/2010 - 00:22
Dean left a fairly long essay on Birks in a thread on his aluminun pocket watch. Mike is right about them. They used to a Canadian institution but fell on hard times. They still carry a few brands like Omega but their heyday of high end products unfortunately is over. There are a few high end dealers left but seeing Birks take a nose dive was quite sad. It wasn't the only long-time Canadian instution to suffer. I'm sure all the Canucks here know about Eatons..a really sad story, perhaps another time. Regards, Joseph
Movements used
02/18/2010 - 19:13
what kind of movements were used ? Jaeger Lecoultre or Tavannes ? Best reegards, Berny
in house VC cal 9"95
02/19/2010 - 12:09
Amazing Watch!
02/19/2010 - 21:07
Thanks for the great pictues of watch and movement Alex .   Yes, pity poor Henry Birks.  If he knew what has become of the little enterprise he started in 1879, he might want his name back.  Now owned by European interests and merged with a mass-market US jewelery chain, they do not even have a company archivist to guard their prestigious past!  All that remains are the stories told by grandmothers of finding the little Birks sterling silver case, carefully disguised inside layers of wrapping paper, which announced an occasion of significance and revealed an heirloom to be treasured for generations . During the early part of the last century, Birks offered men's and ladies wrist and pocket watches from the best Swiss brands including Patek, Audemars and Vacheron in addition to Omega, Longines and Movado. Sorry for taking so long to chime in - just returned from a few days R&R with my daughter.
welcome back, looks like you had fun :-) (nt)
02/19/2010 - 23:36
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Birks Patek
02/21/2010 - 18:37
Thanks Alex...I know my daughter had fun because she wants to go back in the summer.  She did get spooked by her first 'whump' .  Thats when the underlying snow pack collapses beneath you.  First you feel the ground move, then hear the air hissing out, and then see a crack break through the crust all around.  If it happens on a slope, you have an avalanche.  In our case, we were just in a shallow depression without any risk. I still find it amazing that within a few hours of a major city we can find a cabin high in the mountains and have it all to yourself.  A friend and I are going to a much larger two-story alpine hut in a couple of weeks and staying for 5 days...all alone!  What does it take to get people off the couch ?  Not that I'm complaining... Here is a case back shot of a Patek pocket watch made for Birks, for those still interested in the subject:
Very nice photos
02/20/2010 - 00:44
Thank you Alex for sharing with us this couple of nice photos and the information regarding the movement. I am also surprised by the very limited production of the watch. 3 pièces! It is even less than what I had in mind.
Excellent! who did the case? (nt)
02/20/2010 - 23:41
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I don't have the name of the casemaker but it was made following a
02/23/2010 - 11:06
licence agreement with LeCoultre