Vacheron skeleton no. 43038?

I need help determining if this watch is real or fake? it says 18k on the back. It seems to have gems within the clockwork. The top of the back says Vacheron Constantin the left has a cross the bottom says No 43038 and the right says 18k. the front face is see through and can see some red gems. some of the moving gears look gold. I do not know how to upload pics on here but if you can help i can email them to you.
02/27/2013 - 02:06
02/27/2013 - 03:17
02/27/2013 - 03:25
KBS
02/27/2013 - 11:10
KBS
02/28/2013 - 10:54
KBS
02/28/2013 - 10:55
02/28/2013 - 00:54
KBS
02/28/2013 - 10:56
JB
03/01/2013 - 17:22
Ah, the 43038
02/27/2013 - 02:06
Something about that number attracts the fakers...does it look like these previous 43038 submissions?
Re: Ah, the 43038
02/27/2013 - 03:17
it looks like the bottom picture but two of the back gears are gold and it has another gold part right by the gear that hold the hands
Posting Pictures
02/27/2013 - 03:25
Follow this procedure: Posting Pictures.  Let's see what you have...
Re: Posting Pictures
02/27/2013 - 03:35
It wont let me, it keeps saying URL info needed
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02/27/2013 - 03:49

 

 

Re: Re: Re: Posting Pictures
02/27/2013 - 03:50
let me know if that picture is any good
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02/27/2013 - 03:52
Alas, another fake 43038
02/27/2013 - 06:20
 crying Best to take a hammer to it so that no one else is misled.  Then spend some time looking over the excellent photo gallery here and make use of the search function.  After awhile I'm sure the differences between a fake and the real thing will become much easier to spot.  
The real 43038!
02/27/2013 - 11:10
Please click on the first two photos for enlargment so that details of the movement can be studied as a whole. Here are som detail photos. I hope you will enjoy.
Thanks KBS, that skeletonized cal 1120 is AMAZING
02/27/2013 - 13:19
the pictures you took of it are outstanding.  yes Best Regards, Dan
Thanks Dan,
02/28/2013 - 10:54
I’m glad that you enjoyed the beauty of the cal 1120 and thanks for your kind words about my photos. My ultimate skeleton dream watch from Vacheron Constantin is the ref 30051. It is so beautiful but unless an unknown uncle turns up leaving me a lot of money it has to stay a dream. Best wishes and hope one day to see a 20$ coin in your collection sharing some similarity with the presented watch.   Yours sincerely Kent
A great way to start the day!
02/27/2013 - 17:23
Thanks for those wonderful detail shots Kent.  I think you have perfectly illustrated for our OP the difference between the real artwork of VC skeletonized movements and these crappy fakes yes.
Thanks Dean,
02/28/2013 - 10:55
and thanks for the reminder of the new book (calibres 2253 and 2260). I’m going to order it today. Cheers Kent
Re: The real 43038!
02/28/2013 - 00:54
I'm not a fan of skeleton watches but , o my, that is a thing of great beauty and wonderful craftsmanship . The real one not the crapy fake :-)
Hello Michael,
02/28/2013 - 10:56
welcome to the lounge and congratulations on your very classical Vacheron Constantin watch. Wonderful with the display backcase so that you can see the cal 1003 on your watch. That I envy you a bit. I have three caliber 1003 in my collection but none where I can see the movement. I’m glad if I have managed to bring out some of the beauty in the cal 1120 in my photos, and if you don’t already know this article about skeleton watches from VC by Alex, then it might be worth checking out:http://www.thehourlounge.com/thread/view/the-delicate-art-of-skeletonizing_6657_6657.html Another great resource from Vacheron Constantin is this wonderful video they have made with the different kinds of craftsmanship that they use in their more Art like watches. Please notice that the movie is quite long so it might be worth considering a nice Single malt to accompanying the watching. In the movie they are, among other watch making traditions, showing how the engraving of the movement is done.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-_XJagX1H4 (The video should have been in the video section on this side but I can’t find it so that is why I have posted the link to You Tube ) I wish you a nice day, Kent
a masterpiece! stunning photos as well :-)
03/01/2013 - 09:58
nt
How are you, Kent?
03/01/2013 - 17:22
I hope all is well. Those are beautiful photos! Congratulations on the watch and the photographs. Warm regards, Joseph