XXL P453/3B 38mm, Pre Reference, Is it possible the Dial has no Accent

XXL P453/3B 38mm, Pre Reference, Is it possible the Dial has no AccentXXL P453/3B 38mm, Pre Reference, Is it possible the Dial has no AccentXXL P453/3B 38mm, Pre Reference, Is it possible the Dial has no AccentXXL P453/3B 38mm, Pre Reference, Is it possible the Dial has no Accent

Hi I am a newbie here. Got myself a vintage recently knowing well that it maybe quite risky. But I can't help as I fell in love with this watch with its size 38mm (without crown), dial (simple and a bit zen for vacheron from that era), the lugs which are also simplistic.  I did notice quite a number of issues with the dial (no e accent, number 6 seems broken, case seem too simplistic etc.), but there I am, picking it up.  As read from the advise in this forum, i did check the case number 323375 against the movement number 493675, they seem to match (in fact i am receiving an extract next week from VC themselves). Really happy to be reading through the forum with so many interesting posts and materials that people like Alex and Tick Talk been sharing. Keep up the great spirit! Cheers, EV
hi and welcome. that is a very nice looking vintage, congrats. As for
10/14/2013 - 19:03
the accent on the Geneve there are dials with or without it as it depended on the dial maker. From your photo I would think the dial is authentic as the enamel of the brand name is nice and crisp. I'm not sure the 6 is actually broken but possibly a design element as not to overlap on the subseconds
Re: hi and welcome. that is a very nice looking vintage, congrats. As for
10/14/2013 - 19:35
Thanks Alex! I will try to find out about the 6.
A very nice vintage piece, Eric!
10/14/2013 - 19:59
Congratulations! The accent "grave' is sometimes absent, as Alex said. It depends on the font and spacing or the dial maker couldn't be bothered :-) But it does not detract from the watch or its value. The partial six is difficult to evaluate without magnification. Have a look at it with a loupe. If the edge of the stem is ragged, it may in fact be broken. If it's smooth and looks finished, then that's the way it was made. many watches with a sub-second dial at 6 o'clock either used a small index marker or nothing at all. If the sub dial was small it could be moved closer to the centre, leaving room for a "6". I have seen that in some VC watches. In your case, the sub-dial is quite large. I am surprised that they even used a partial "6" here. But there is room between the indices of the subdial for a stem; which does give rise to the question of whether the stem was actually broken off. So I think you will have to examine it more closely to see the edges. Anyway, it's a great looking watch in excellent shape. Thank you for sharing the photos. Wear it in good health! Joseph
Re: A very nice vintage piece, Eric!
10/15/2013 - 02:12
Thanks Joseph, those are good advises, will start by taking the loupe to zoom in on the edge very nice chronograph wrist shot you got on friday.
Congratulations
10/16/2013 - 00:12
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Re: Congratulations
10/31/2013 - 09:16
Thanks Hamish, Just got the Extract from VC this past Monday. Everything fits together very well and it is said to be from 1952.