A vintage chronograph without the drama

There have been some wonderful and some tragic stories of THL members who have bought vintage VC Chronographs, but I happy to say my experience has not been particularly dramatic.  I saw this vintage VC4178 in a auction catalog and got it for what I thought was a reasonable price.  It was produced in 1948 and according to Alex's excellent article on the history of VC's wrist chronographs, only 114 were produced in yellow gold with the Cal.492 movement that beats inside this case.

The case is in good shape, the dial has some signs of aging but is overall in great shape for its age, and the movement is running quite well.  After enjoying it for a while I will, no doubt, send it to the manufacture for a full service, but in the meantime I am thrilled to have found a VC4178 from 1948 that is prêt-à-porter.


Hearty congratulations on your Chronograph :-)
11/21/2014 - 00:15

The dial looks pristine heart.  Is there a Maltese Cross on the crown?

Thanks Dean
11/21/2014 - 02:35

Yes, it does have a maltese cross on the crown, which might mean that it has been replaced.  I would be curious to know if anyone else has seen a 4178 with the cross on the crown.  It does seem to be the right size and shape, and I guess I will find out more when I send it in for service.

The dial is in very good condition, but it does show some modest signs of aging, which is actually a good thing in a watch made in 1948.  

I look forward to seeing you at SIHH!



A beautiful chronograph, congrats!
11/21/2014 - 03:51

The dial looks great from the picture!  I'm not sure about the crown, because the shape of it looks different from modern VC crowns with the Maltese Cross.  Knowing VC, it may be an older crown, rarely seen, with a Maltese Cross on it.

I expect to see this in the metal in a couple of months sir!  wink

BR, Dan

Thanks Dan - See you in Geneva!
11/22/2014 - 16:01

And let me know when you are back in NY.  

Congrats Mike, I'm a HUGE fan of the 4178 and never get tired of seeing it!! As for the
11/21/2014 - 11:37

crown I would think that it was added at a later date

Thank you Alex - see you soon! (nt)
11/22/2014 - 16:02


fantastic addition to your collection.
11/21/2014 - 11:50

Congratulations, Mike. 

Thanks Jamie
11/22/2014 - 16:08

Hope your year is shaping up well.

Congratulations Mike
11/21/2014 - 12:44

a very nice vintage VC watch. Fits very well on your wrist.

Great new piece in your collection. I hope to see it in 2015 ;-)

Best regards,


Thanks - hope we do get a chance to catch up in person (nt)
11/22/2014 - 16:10


That is really fantastic, Mike
11/21/2014 - 14:35

This is an excellent addition to your superb collection, as I already mentioned elsewhere.  I hope to see yours in the metal one of these days.  Isn't it amazing to wear a V&C decades old and find that it still performs its duties so well?



Robert, it's been too long, come on up for a lunch! (nt)
11/22/2014 - 16:11


Re: A vintage chronograph without the drama
11/21/2014 - 18:45

An excellent find, Michael!

It's a rare beauty and looks great.

Good to hear it was a relatively painless procedure to aquire it.

May it give years of "timeless" pleasure.



Thanks Joseph - You have been an inspiration
11/22/2014 - 16:14

When it comes to 4178s and oother things aa well.  Hope to see you soon.

Michael tells it as it is...
11/22/2014 - 11:41

A quiet entrance often achieves the greatest impact and your new 'family member' is no exception.

The 4178 has a charming presence and looks totally at home on your wrist yes.

Michael, have you had your eye on this particular model for sometime?

Best wishes


Always good to hear from you Tony
11/22/2014 - 16:17

A vintage chronometer has been on my list for sme time, but this was an opportunistic purchase.

Such a beautiful watch, Michael....
11/22/2014 - 22:27

weat it in the best of health.