Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

I went back to the U.S. for 3 weeks as a combination of vacation and work.  When I arrived home, I found these beauties waiting for me in little boxes.

Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

I'm not a big fan of chronographs (I love the look of them but could never think of anything I would really need it for), but figured I should have one for my collection and see if it grows on me.  This is an original Overseas Chronograph.  I think if I'm going to use the chrono function, it would most likely be when I'm out wearing a daily/sporty watch.  This watch has the same size sub-dials I like and is small at 40mm, which is the maximum I can accept on my small wrist.  I now have a matched set of original OS watches since I already have an OS chronometer with silver dial.

This next watch wasn't in my plans, or budget, but I came across it and just couldn't say no Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me.  It's a 1955 Chronometer Royal in rose gold with a 1007/BS, sub-seconds, manual movement.  Its in great shape, though my pictures don't do it justice, and is keeping time very accurately.

Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

I love the alpha hands, especially when compared with dauphin hands.


Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

Going back home is dangerous these days and I blame it all on VC for making irresistable timepieces.  Besides these 2 watches, I picked up a 1975 Automatic Extra Flat with cal. 1120 on my May trip back home.

Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me

These will be my last aquisitions for awhile due to budget and wife considerations.  (I know, I know, I've said that before - but this time I mean it as I like my existing collection as it is now - there isn't anything on my wish list that I can realistically afford any time soon). 

Best Regards, Dan

P.S.  It's great to be back in the Lounge after a few weeks away!
10/15/2009 - 03:56
JB
10/14/2009 - 17:29
Doc
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10/17/2009 - 08:07
WOW 3 watches in one go! I have a soft spot for your
10/14/2009 - 11:45
Chronometre Royal Wear all 3 in best of health and welcome back! Isn't it great that you can say to yourself "no more watches this year" knowing the year ends in less than 3 months?  
shh! The commitment is until 2011...
10/15/2009 - 03:55
unless I can change her mind at some point.  I understand that bribes often help in this situation   BR, Dan
Now that's what I call "triple treat"!
10/14/2009 - 11:55
Gong Xi...gong xi...as they say, wear them in good health always!!!
Duo Xie, Duo Xie ;-) (nt)
10/15/2009 - 03:56
v&c
Beautiful Dan....................
10/14/2009 - 13:35
love the Chronometer!  Best of Luck!! Best regards, Tom
Thanks Tom, the CR was too tough to resist (obviously) :-) (nt)
10/15/2009 - 03:59
v&c
something to look forward comming home to nt
10/14/2009 - 17:27
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I'm glad my family doesn't go through this forum...
10/16/2009 - 05:56
otherwise they might get suspicious about my real motives for going back home
Very nice, Dan
10/14/2009 - 17:29
Congratulations on a really nice set of watches, all different and rather iconic. You have excellent taste, my friend. Wear them in good health! Regards, Joseph
Thanks JB, it's very nice to know that I'm in great company (nt)
10/15/2009 - 04:01
v&c
Sorry Dan,
10/14/2009 - 17:41
these were sent to the wrong address. It should have been to Doc. BTW, since you got so excellent taste, just keep them! Congrats 100 times Doc
Hi Doc, I hope you had the shipments insured...
10/15/2009 - 04:06
because I'm definitely not sending them to Sweden or covering your losses from these misdirected deliveries  Thanks for the compliments!  BR, Dan
Great examples....
10/14/2009 - 17:46
Geez Dan, you could start a museum on Vacheron of the 20th century .  I do envy that CR...its very nice and especially clean.  Any chance of a photo essay on the piece?
Like you couldn't start a museum...
10/15/2009 - 04:14
besides the watches, you also have is a museum quality display!   Actually, I've thought about the 20th century as part of my collection (say at 20 year intervals?).  So far I have: 1908 1955 1975 1996 x2 2000 I guess I would need a watch from the 1920s or 1930s to cover the largest gap. .   I may need Doc's help if I ever find something interesting. BR, Dan
LOL, let's show our backsides...
10/15/2009 - 06:17
here's mine :-)
10/15/2009 - 11:50
Ahhhh... I love that Batman! (nt)
10/16/2009 - 00:05
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Congratulations Dan, the Chronometre Royal is my favorite...
10/14/2009 - 18:48
I do not think I have ever seen a piece of this age is such great condition. It looks like it has never been worn before, so you wear it in the best of health for a long time! Best, Mike
Thanks Mike, I love CRs and their place in V&C's history
10/15/2009 - 04:21
I've seen this version of the CR in the Quarter Millenium Auction by Antiquorum before, but nowhere else.  I like the looks of a sub-seconds more than that of a center-seconds.  It's a good thing I had Lasik surgery done a couple of years ago...I can still see the sub-seconds very clearly.  I can also keep an eye out for a center seconds watch as my eyes get worse with age. I was very surprised to see this watch and checked with the VC Concierge to see if the movement and case numbers matched as well as get a confirmed date of manufacture.  There are times where its better to be lucky than good. Thanks for the compliments.  BR, Dan
more often than not, what's usually not in the plan .....
10/14/2009 - 19:12
is called a pleasant surprise. the hands, dial and movement are all beautiful, not to mention the engrave on the case back, interesting! i am going on a holiday soon, certainly hope i can have yr kind of catch! congrats and wear in good health and happiness.
You don't need a holiday catch...
10/15/2009 - 04:23
you've been on a real tear without the vacation!  You've put together a great collection as well.  BR, Dan
Congrats on the latest acquisitions!
10/14/2009 - 21:19
I especially like the Chronometre Royal in rose gold! It's beautiful! Matthew
Very much appreciated, thanks (nt)
10/15/2009 - 04:24
v&c
3x Congrats Dan!
10/16/2009 - 00:04
The CR is one sexy beast, and I love the finishing on the dial of the 1975 extra flat (not sure how to call it... it's like a sunray finish, except vertical instead of radial..) May they only time happy moments! Cheers, Francois
Thanks Francois, I really love them all...
10/16/2009 - 06:00
and see them as all complementing each other quite nicely.  Though if I had your VC, I'd have all of it in one watch Best regards my friend, Dan
Re: Went home for a few weeks and found these waiting for me
10/16/2009 - 11:59
Congratulations on those three beauties, that Overseas is the first V&C I fell in love with when I was younger! Needless to say it was also my first, although the newer model. A CR is definately on the wishlist for the future, I hope you enjoy them alot! Kind regards Martin
Thank you Martin
10/17/2009 - 08:07
The Overseas is a great watch for everyday (which for me is mostly jeans and a polo shirt).  I hope you get a CR sooner than later.  I will try my utmost to enjoy them. Best Regards, Dan
You are such a lucky guy, Dan!!!
10/18/2009 - 01:30

The Chronometre Royal rules!

Surprising what a great condition all of your new watches are in. How do you do that, Dan? Where do you find them vintage pieces in such a pleasing-to-the-eye state?

Wear & enjoy them all in the best of health!  

I feel lucky! It wasn't too hard finding quality pieces...
10/18/2009 - 06:32
because 2 out of the 3 watches were purchased from 2 friends and fellow loungers.  The CR was more difficult as the seller was unknown to me, but is a reputable dealer in Philadelphia.  I had some questions about the dial originally and the dealer was confident that everything was original.  The dealer then recommended that I send the watch to VC for inspection and if anything was non-original, he would take the watch back and give me back a full refund. Glad to see you back in the Lounge! BR, Dan
Re: I feel lucky! It wasn't too hard finding quality pieces...
10/18/2009 - 10:33
hey Dan, this Philadelphia dealer went an extra mile for you, didn't he. It's so cool! And the CR is so amazing...
Believe it or not, I originally found the dealer on FleaBay
10/18/2009 - 13:13
Luckily the CR was listed twice and the dealer didn't accept any of the "Best Offers" provided.  I contacted the dealer and was going to be in the Philadelphia area, so it all worked out :-) BR, Dan