After reading about and looking at the VC 1972, I have some questions about the 1972 Asymmetrical--not the Prestige. (Excellent discussion about the 1972s, and the Prestige is quite beautifu by the way.)
The above are the two examples I am considering. Here are my queries:
- The crown seems to recede more on this model than on some of the others pictured. (One of the crowns pictured on this discussion board shows what appears to be a "cap" on the crown, with what looks a lot like the crowns on Cartier's Tank models.) Since the one I'm considering is a mechanical, this one looks difficult to wind.
- Does anyone know the period that the 1972 Asymmetrical was produced? (Was it the only men's model before the 1972 Prestige?) What's the main difference between the Asymmetrical and the Prestige?
- Is this also from the Paris design that Alex mentioned in the discussion of the 1972?
- Gold and gold lug springs. One of the reasons I've shied away from 18K gold cases is the requirement for gold lug springs. When I replaced the band on my Calatrava with a Patek Philippe band and buckle, I was told that the jeweler had replaced the gold lug springs with stainless steel ones, and eventually the steel ones with destroy the gold case. (Based on the fact that steel is harder than gold...) First of all, is that true? Gold case requires gold lug springs and stainless steel ones will wreck the case? Second, on this particular watch, how will I be able to tell if the lug springs are steel/gold short of taking off the band? (I have the Patek gold lug springs on order--not taking any chances.)
- Anything else about this watch I should know?
One of the things I learned from art collectors and the meager collection we have, is to get art you like. Some people buy art for the investment value, and I know some watch lovers are acutely aware of the "appreciation value" of a watch. I'm not. I like the 1912, and looking for one I "discovered" the 1972. I had dismissed the 1972 as a woman's watch, but I really had not looked at the men's version. I doubt either the 1912 or 1972 is an especially saavvy investment financially, but if I had any frugal financial sense, I probably wouldn't be buying these watches...a foolish and delightful facination.