Vacheron dial damage

Dear Hour Lounge members,

As a newcomer, I wanted to ask whether any of you have experience on the kind of dial damage (hopefully) seen on a 1970s Vacheron in the attached picture. The dial is not flat as it should, but the center part is bulging out like a "pan-pie". A specialist watchmaker to whom I showed the watch stated that this is due to an impact (e.g., watch dropped on the floor) whereby the dial is suddenly pressed against the movement. Due to the thinness of the movement, there's apparently no shock protection in this watch, making it vulnerable to these kinds of accidents (well, no watch likes being dropped)? I guess that a change of the dial at the factory would be the only way to remediate this?  

Re: Vacheron dial damage
01/22/2015 - 18:49

.. I should add that the watch works well and shows accurate time when on wrist (i.e., no indication of e.g. position-specific problems). So it's the dial - anyone familiar with this kind of an issue?

Matlaine

I've never seen this but I'm sure if you have the watch sent to
01/23/2015 - 01:51

VC they will be able to straighten the dial 

Re: I've never seen this but I'm sure if you have the watch sent to
01/24/2015 - 18:14

Thank you Alex! I sent the watch to the dealer who should have sent it to VC for evaluation. This seems to be an unusual damage -- but adds to my concerns on buying vintage watches via Internet even when the dealer is well-established and respectable. In most cases (including this), the angle and direction of light in the photos is such that e.g. this kind of a problem is not visible.

Regards

Matlaine

Happy End
09/18/2015 - 05:30

This is just to note the happy end to the dial damage issue with the 40-year-old Vacheron 7811 I had obtained. After the watch visited its birthplace in Geneva, the dial is perfect!

 

Happy End