VXN Dates

Can anyone advise when was the last use of the VXN import code on V&C watches?  What models were so marked?  Was this code, which was stamped on the balance cock, used to identify complete watches or eubaches only?  Thanks in advance VXN Dates

VXN Dates

The truth is,
05/08/2008 - 21:21

that I I'm not sure of this

Anyhow I know/believe that this "hallmark" only were used during the period when

JLC and VC were amalgated, that means between 1938 and 1965.

At least what I know, and I also have read it was on exported watches, the last I'm not sure of....

But, I think you got me here

Cheers

Doc

VXN is an import hallmark of VC and LeCoultre distributor in the US...
05/09/2008 - 00:37

to the best of my knowledge  due to high import duties the movements bearing this mark were cased in the US. For JLC the last hallmarks appear on the movements from the very early 70s so I guess that regarding VC the truth is somewhere between 65 (Doc's hypothesis) and 70.

This was a tricky one :-)
05/09/2008 - 00:49

I thought it was JLC connected.

Thanks Alex

Doc

Thanks! And more questions...
05/09/2008 - 02:45

So are you saying that only movements, not entire watches, were imported into North America with the VXN mark?  If yes, what type of hallmark would an American case have?  Or, were Swiss cases imported seperately and the watches "married" upon arrival?

This is fascinating stuff!

that's part I'm not sure of,normaly only the movements were
05/09/2008 - 11:16

imported and the cases made in the US (I need to check and it may take some time but I believe the US cases just had VC stamped not Vacheron & Constantin) Do you have a scan of the inside of the case back of the watch movement you showed.

The caseback scan...
05/09/2008 - 18:46

seems to indicate Swiss manufacture, hence my question on whether the parts were simply assembled in the US.  Volvo does the same thing for cars in Canada...ships the parts and assembles the car over here to avoid import duties.

This is the watch I was asking about the "-2" hyphenated model number, which looks like it was added after the initial 6394?

What does it all mean?

no the movement was sent pre assembled, the case I don't
05/09/2008 - 21:40

know but the hypen in your watch indicates a modification to the original series. I'm still waiting for an answer from VC on this.

It's a mystery
05/09/2008 - 20:53

I've puzzled over this question myself for many years. I've seen just about every permutation of it, VXN marks in JLC, LC, and V&C; cases that were 18k, 14k, GF, and steel. Whats really odd is that they appear, or not, without any system. Just when you think you have it figured out, some oddball watch shows up that breaks the rules.

I've never heard anything like an official explanation on this, nor read a solid explanation.

I said it before
05/10/2008 - 00:40

but I don't know this ....

Anyhow couldn't be as simple as KIF or Incabloc, just a maker of a part of the index,

as the other are of the shock system ?

I haven't grey hair yet, but after your question..................

Take care

Doc