I purchased this case from ebay and I am wondering if this wrist watch case is a vacheron and costantin watch ? it look VACHERON - CONSTANTIN - watch case? a lot like the 20 doller watch that they made ?  if not can anyone give me info on the missing works?  with thanks alex
here's a list of gold coin watches made by Vacheron...
01/11/2012 - 14:31
click here Unfortunately you're is not a VC and am not even sure if the top and bottom were even an original gold coin as there are no markings on the back
Re: here's a list of gold coin watches made by Vacheron...
01/11/2012 - 15:28
Thanks for your reply – as you say it’s not a coin but I think it has been given as a award, prize or medal? As there is a plaque on underside of the watch to be engraved with the recipients details?  the watch case itself i think is very early , as the lugs and back  case has been soldered on with a lead base solder – the back and front  flip top are discs  made of  brass with a  thin gold plate compressed and folded round and then soldered on with lead as well . the frame work including  the button are made of gold but no marks , but the framework inside is brass and the hinge that hold the top on has been silver soldered and there is some gilding on the inside framework as well . I was thinking it was possible made for one of the great exhibitions?  -with thanks alex
Alex, you spoil us...
01/11/2012 - 16:35
...well, me anyway.  You always can refer to an exhaustive article you have previously written on whatever the given VC subject.  This is another great article on a whole class of VC timepieces that has me dreaming... Best and enjoy next week. respo  
The Paris Exhibition 1867 ?
01/11/2012 - 18:20
I am wondering if this make a difference to when the watch was made or who the maker of this watch was ? Bronze Napoleon III medal

Bronze Napoleon III medal awarded to the State of Kansas at the 1867 Paris International Exposition. The front depicts the bust of Napoleon III, President and Emperor of France from 1848 to 1870. The reverse side reads, "Exposition Universelle De MDCCCLXVIII a Paris, Recompenses, Etat Du Kansas," which translates to "Universal Exposition of 1867 in Paris, Rewards, State of Kansas." The Paris Exhibition was held at the behest of Napoleon III and brought exhibitors to Paris from throughout the world. Though the reason the state received this medal is currently unknown, the French maintained strong ideological support for John Brown's abolitionist movement in Kansas. Hubert Ponscarme, a French sculptor, was commissioned to design this medal based on his success with a previous Napoleon III medal struck in 1857.