Watch identification

Dear all,

I have recently bought this Vacheron Constantin, but I have not been able to identify the exact model online. If anyone had some information or insight, I would be very grateful.

 

Thanks a lot,

Tobias

Watch identification

I don't think I have seen that case design before. Can you please post a phot of the caseback? Also it would
04/13/2015 - 14:48

be great if you could have the watch opened and provide the case and movement numbers, like that we can find the ref and date of production

Ref 33076 probably with cal 1003.
04/13/2015 - 16:31
The list price in 1988 was 6245 Fr. when it was represented in the catalog for that year.  All the best Kent
Re: Ref 33076 probably with cal 1003.
04/13/2015 - 17:58

Hello Kent,

You are correct. It does contain a 1003 movement.

The bezel is called a "hobnail" design.

The watch is 31mm diameter.

Best,

Joseph

Thanks Joseph for confirming
04/13/2015 - 19:06

that the caliber is 1003. Have you owned one of the ref 33076?

All the best Kent

No, I have never owned one.
04/14/2015 - 00:48

I have seen them from time to time. The "hob-nailed" bezel is quite unique. But it's a bit small for me at 31mm.

Warm regards,

Joseph

The history of hobnail
04/15/2015 - 18:27

The first image that pops in my head upon hearing the term "hobnail" are the boots worn by early mountaineers.  The word first appeared in the English language in the late 16th century as a cobbler's term and the hobnail itself is a simple iron nail with a rounded head that was pounded into the leather soles of sturdy boots to give traction.  I remain amazed at the feats accomplished by the pioneer climbers who achieved first ascents around the world with hobnail boots and wooden axes.

The history of hobnail

The history of hobnail

Hobnails also became synonymous with jackboots as symbols of military oppression and their image thus adorned a few propoganda posters.

The history of hobnail

The history of hobnail

The word transitioned beyond footwear when "hobnail" was used to describe a similar round projection applied to the surface of pottery and glassware.

The history of hobnail

The history of hobnail

It was inevitable that, as a descriptor, it would find its way into the lexicon of watch decoration.  Clous de Paris was the term for a guilloche technique which created tiny pyramidal shapes.  The English watchmakers called this a hobnail treatment.  Some brands, notably PP, have models that are defined by their hobnail bezels but others have joined this stylistic fraternity.

The history of hobnail

The history of hobnail

The history of hobnail

All of this is provided to amuse my fellow THL'ers, and hopefully in an entertaining manor suggest that the bezel of our featured watch is actually of a reeded pattern angel.

And the further development in Hobnails was this
04/16/2015 - 10:49

And the further development in Hobnails was this

 

which went well on pottery and on shoes but still haven't been tried on a watch case laughThanks Dean for taking the time to tell the story about Hobnails I  did enjoyed to read it.  Cheers Kent

 

 

Thanks, as always, Dean
04/16/2015 - 15:09

For your lucid and detailed explanation of hobnails.  I love that you buried the lede (or, in more modern parlance, saved the spoiler for the end).  I am glad you didn't just say "Hey, this is reeded, not hobnailed".  This topic is somehwat near and dear to my heart, because my very first introduction to haute horologerie was via a PP with what was, at the time, the most captivating hobnail bezel.  I always associate that bezel with them.  

Interestingly, in Chambers Book of Etymology from 1904, Hobnail can also be used to denote "a clownish man; so called because of the hobnails on his shoes."  One is left to wonder how hobnailed shoes because synonymous with clownishness?

A possible explanation
04/16/2015 - 17:07

The iron nails were applied to enhance traction in soft ground like snow and dirt, but were notoriously slippery on smooth surfaces.  I can just imagine the country gent on an occasional visit to town skittering down the polished cobblestone streets surprise.  Perhaps this amused the town sophisticates, like the modern banana peel gag?

A great hypothesis
04/16/2015 - 18:51

This is some good thoerizing.  This does have a very "turn of the century" ring of truth to it.

A nice find
04/13/2015 - 19:18

Hello Tobias. and welcome to the Hour Lounge.  A very nice find and the Calibre 1003 is a great addition to any collection.  There is something very sophisticaed about the hobnail bezel.  Certainly more common a in the 80s and 90s, but a very classy look in my opinion.  If you have an opportunity to show a wrist shot, we always like to see those.  Wear it in good health.

Re: A nice find
04/14/2015 - 02:17

It's a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing this photo.

Dave

Re: Watch identification
04/18/2015 - 15:17

Dear all,

thank you so much for all your help and for the very interesting discussion of hobnails!

Best,

Tobias