On a VC Overseas (the Chronometer Date/Time only version), what is the cost for a regular service by Vacheron? And how long is the waiting period? What all does the service cover? Can one elect to skip over the refinishing of the bracelet and case during servicing (either to reduce the service cost, and/or retain the worn character-building look)?
OK, now here is the big question. What about having other watchmakers, outside of Authorized VC watchmakers, repair or service the watch? Now, I know VC does not recommend this and would void the watch if still under warranty. But, if you are in a hurry to have it serviced, and in an area/country with no VC reps and dont' want to wait around to have it serviced, how easy is it to do? Now I realize that we are dealing with a more simple and common modified JLC movements inside. Maybe this is a big plus to having the JLC movement? Basic service/repair to me, would most likley be having to relubricate, regulate, and possibly worst case scenario fix a broken spring? Also, this may keep the repair cost down. (again, I know the official word from VC is to only have a VC authorized rep do the work, Rolex says the same, but we all know there are many watchmakers out there who do as good of job, if not better, than Rolex in repairing/servicing a Rolex at a fraction of the cost)
I know several good watchmakers in Southeast Asia that fix and repair watches in general, so curious how feasible it would be for them to work on a VC if push came to shove (know I should ask them, but no email contact with them).