watch ID

I have a CV which I inherited from my dad.  I took it to a "master watchmaker (MW)" to get it cleaned.  When I picked it up, the winding stem was missing and another stem affixed to the watch.  I was steaming mad, but had little recourse as the MW indicated that it came into the shop w/o the stem; but they restemed it w/an Omega one in their spare parts --free of charge, no less!  Without having a picture of the watch as it was, fully intact, I condescended to  being taken.  Word to the wise... do not trust your VC to the local MW!  When I picked it up,  I called the authorized VC rep in NYC and gave them the Ser # and desrcibed the stem: 1mm depth x 4mm OD.  They told me it would cost about $600.00 for a replacement stem.  After experiencing my local MW's heist, I did not want to trust the watch to any shipping concern: the VC rep agreed and reccomended I hand carry it to NYC.  I was not going to NYC any time soon or thereafter.   I put it in the safe, in a plastic baggy w/some dessicant packs and forgot about it... for 14 yrs.   I recently lost my trusty Seiko Titanium Knetic and remembered the VC.  I want to refurbish it and use before my eyes fade.  The watch is most similar to the cc 1945 pictured on Post# 982, 3-29-07.  The face is similar w/ the following differences:  Mine has Roman Numerals; XII, III, and IX hour markings (no X-the X is the bottom of the second sweep hand).  Minutes are etched outside the outer ring with an inner ring etching which coincides with the hour markings.  The hour hand tracks the inner circle; the minute hand the outer circle.  The band posts are flush with the bezel (unlike the cc 1945 watch depicted).  Pictures to follow,  but I can not find the Ser # which I copied off of the inside of the back plate when I last opened it.  What is the "approved solution" for removing the back plate w/o marring the casing?   It's at least 18K (maybe 24), so I'm leary of using a knife to get at the movement to get the data.  14 yrs ago the VC rep knew of the watch.  What are your recommendations... short of taking it a local MW?

I will follow-up w/ pics... I've taken some, but there is too much glare.  I'll send what I've taken; perhaps you can give me some pointers.

Thanking all forum members in advance for your comments and reccomendations...............Bandit

the best way to open a case back is with a very thin knife (like
04/18/2008 - 12:23

the Swiss Army Knives) but if you are not used to doing it I wouldn't touch it if I were you as you would probably dammage the case back.

The best and safest solution would be to send it to VC in NYC, the process is explained on the VC web site and they will refurbish your watch.

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Re: the best way to open a case back is with a very thin knife (like
04/20/2008 - 05:29

Thanks Alex,   after feeling the case I noted the tiniest of edge on the case back.  After serveral attempts my thumbnail was successful in removing the case back.  The movement is a V453, 17 Jewels, Adjusted to Temperature -  type.  The case back indicates 18K/0.750 the stamped serial No. is a 3003xx series.  The timepiece case design is pure elegence due to its simplicity; me thinks one worthy of singular distinction in the world of wristwatch design. 

Upon inspection of the case back, There were many scratched entries:  Do they indicate the identification of the Master Watchmaker that serviced the watch previously?  Is this a requirement of such qualified craftsmen when doing service work?  Thank you very much for your time and efforts...... bandit      

its a usual practce for watch makers to inscribe date of service on
04/21/2008 - 12:08

the case back