Vintage VC Needs Factory TCL?

Vintage VC Needs Factory TCL?

The FedEx man delivered a tasty new treat today.  I knew it wasn't a mint example but the calibre 1072/1 beating inside the non-date model 6394-2 was enough of an incentive to buy this vintage piece.

It has a rather clumsy redial with, I think, an incorrect brushed rather than sunburst finish.  The VC lettering seems to be in the wrong font and the word AUTOMATIC is a bit crooked too!  The hands have an unusual black finish which I'm not sure is original but I like it.

Some over-enthusiastic polishing has taken away the linen pattern off the case edges and there is one nasty nick in the case next to the winding stem.

But it's keeping good time so far and looks pretty good on the wrist too...

The fastidious part of me says to ship it off to VC Switzerland for a refurbishment, but the fashionista part doesn't want to seperated for the next 6-9 months and says just wear it and enjoy!

Which way to go?

Vintage VC Needs Factory TCL?

This forum is driving me nuts! Now I want one like yours! It
01/14/2008 - 23:48

looks fantastic even if the dial is redone, do you have better scans of the case band? The basket weave pattern in the case just shows VC's classism with a twist.

As for sending it to Switzerland for refurbishment why not wear the watch for some time and when you decide to attack the mountain heights send it over then.

Congrats on a great watch

Another wrist shot...
01/15/2008 - 00:23

showing more of the pattern.  See how its worn away from the edges?  I have the watch on a navy blue croc strap, which really suits the silver dial and black hands

Where to ship?
01/15/2008 - 02:32

Alex, I was poking around on the VC website and all I could locate was the address for the service centre in my country.  They mention the usual cleaning, timing, oiling but not case or dial refurbishment.  Do they forward to the factory for that?  Can I just send it direct?

to avoid all customs hassles getting the watch out and back in the
01/15/2008 - 08:55

best would be to send it to the VC service center in your country and they'll deal with the paperwork getting the watch sent to Switzerland and back.

I agree with Alex..
01/15/2008 - 05:41

I understand how hard it would be to part with such a new addition right away.  Since refurbishing can be done anytime, why not enjoy the watch until you feel comfortable parting (for refurbishing) with it already (I am sure you will have another VC vying for wrist time in no time).