Vintage auction acquisition

In the May Geneva auction thread, Alex asked my to post a scan of my recent (April) auction acquisition.  The watch is from the early 40s (there is an inscription from Ann to Joe dated january 1, 1945).  Excuse the bad photo -- point and shoot held by unsteady hand, natural sunlight from window shadowed with hand held card.

Vintage auction acquisition

Nice lugs!
05/18/2007 - 19:42

A very nice and classic Vacheron&Constantin,

with those beautiful lugs,

that only one watchmaker can do!

Roman indexes are nice too.

What's the cailber?

Diameter without crown 34-35 mm ?

Very nice, but now you have to invest in a new strap it seems :-)



Thanks for sharing Michael, if there is one case which defines vintage
05/18/2007 - 19:43

VCs its the tear drop lugs. Its a fine find, wear it in the best of health.

beautiful classic VC
05/18/2007 - 21:37

I agree with d&a. This is probably one of the most iconic vintage case/dial from VC. Other ones include the classical Chronometre Royal. Yours also has nice roman numerals.

The strap looks a bit dodgy, I would agree with a replacement there.

The crown also stands out... definitely no original, and it jumps out at being probably too big for the case. If you can, I would strongly suggest replacing the crown too.

Re: beautiful classic VC
05/18/2007 - 22:05

Thanks Doc, Nico and Alex.

As I said in my response to the May auction post, I am aware that the crown is not a VC crown.  The buckle is also a non VC replacement.  I intend to take care of both those items when I send the watch to VC for service soon.  I'll get an archive abstract at the same time

The strap will also go at or prior to the next service.  It is a none-too-attractive color and is made of Eel.  It feels a bit like rubber on my wrist.

I am not sure which calibre.  All I have are case and movement numbers for the watch.

The case is 31mm.  The size is one thing that attracts me to vintage watches.  My wrist is smaller than 16.5 cm in circumference.  Modern (large) watches make me look a bit like the clown wearing the grossly oversized shoes.  My daily wearer (heretofore) is a Patel Ellipse.

But, most importantly, it has the tear drop lugs!


31 mm !
05/19/2007 - 01:58

That's amazing Michael, how our eyse fools us.

I'm no body builder my self, even though I have slightly bigger wrists than you,

this one, my Historiques fits very well.

And it's 32 mm...

So, it's true, as we know,

the size doesn't matter :-)

BTW, what do we/they prefer, a truck,

or a little sports car :-)


the lack of bezzel makes the watch look larger than it actually
05/19/2007 - 11:08


Nice shirt Doc

LOL !!
05/19/2007 - 14:39

It was nearly as exspensive as the watch :-)


What a beautiful classic!
05/19/2007 - 05:21


You are a very lucky man.