Your faced with a choice - what do you do ??

Hi Guys,moral dilemma - I am looking to buy another Cal 1003 - one on offer,pretty immaculate case & dial,all original,but sorry to say this,a boring dial,in a boring YG tonnau case.Second,nice coin edge finished bezel,but dial shows just the slightest signs of deterioration,ever so minor,around the edge - but as I have a square YG Case Cal 1003 already,I thought the tonnau looks to similar in colour etc).I can live with some signs of aging,if its graceful,but what does one do - the perfectionist in me says the first watch - the second say the nicer bezel,the third,as a purist would not have any restoration to the dial - who lives with this  - who wears their (slightly tatty VC'S with pride ?) - I know pictures would help,but see what you can manage advise wise.

Dr StrangeloveYour faced with a choice - what do you do ??
Re: Your faced with a choice - what do you do ??
06/24/2009 - 04:20
Hi Dr. S, I'd love to see pictures of both watches before chiming in.  Can you tell how old each of the 2 choices are?  Do you know what the condition of the movements are in?  I'd be more concerned with making sure the movement is in top shape. Based on the written descriptions and assuming both movements are in the same condition - I'd go for the round one.  I think it would be a better complement to your current watch and the slightest signs of deterioration would not bother me if it was a vintage watch (if it was from the 80s or 90s, I might be a little bit more concerned).  I just bought a 1953 ref. 4310 for my wife with slight deterioration at the edge between 9-10 o'clock.  I can't really see these unless its under 10x magnification. Let us know what you ultimately pick, and show some pics!    BR, Dan
I have no problem wearing a vintage watch with a (gracefully) aged
06/24/2009 - 11:17
dial As gor your choice you seem to much prefer the round model so go for it. You find the dial of the tonneau model boring and considering that its what you will be looking at 99% of the time I think that it shouldn't even be an option!
Alex; that is a beauty....................
06/24/2009 - 14:29
is that yours and what's the reference #? Thanks, Tom
yes mine, ref 4178 I find it special due to the fact that I
06/24/2009 - 16:06
I bought it at the Quarter Millenium auction in 2005, feels like being part of the party
06/25/2009 - 01:43
And to Dr Strangelove, I think you hooked up to much on cal. 1003. This watch has a more elegant movement! Good hunt Doc
Re: 1939. - beautiful indeed ! - Rate VC's workhorse manual movement.
06/25/2009 - 02:32
Hi Doc, You may be right,the 1939 certainly looks stunning,so what is a good,strong manual movement in the VC stable,besides this beauty ?
I think that elegance is the strong point of the 1003 cal.
06/26/2009 - 02:39
Tha 1003 caliber was created in 1955 to commemorate the bicentenary of Vacheron Constantin. An example of Vacheron Constantin's classic style, this ultra-thin (1.64 mm) watch combines purity, simplicity and perfection. By housing a thinner, smaller movement in a large case, Vacheron Constantin has produced an elegant watch with refined, harmonious and unpretentious styling. Furthermore, its manual-winding mechanical movement bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, testimony to the exceptional construction and finishing of the 1003 calibre.
Yes it is but many others are too!
06/26/2009 - 23:43
Cal. 1002 Cal. 453/3B is also wonderful, look at the index Cheers Doc
Re: I concur,but doc is converting me !
06/27/2009 - 02:56
Yes,there is no denying the elegance of this calibre and the fact that the technical challenges this calibre presented at the time,has resulted in a very refined and beautiful movement - that said,Doc is educating me to some other mechanical beauties, Thanks Dr Strangelove
Cal.1003 is a myth. It's created for both VC and AP!
06/28/2009 - 01:10
Of course it was JLC, masters of movements, who made the ebauche. I have myself been trapped in the cal. 1003, but what the hell ( sorry ), nothing ever beats this Cal. 1003 ? Doc
how about cal 454? A fantastic review....
06/29/2009 - 11:29
May I add a few other calibres
06/29/2009 - 12:00
Besides Cal. 1003 and the ones that Doc and Alex have posted above (and there are many very old movements that don't even have names, i.e. the pocket watch movement Doc displayed), I can think of a few others that would be a part of VC's Hall of Fame movements: cal. 453 (just like the 454 that Alex mentioned, but with a sub-seconds hand) cal. 1001/1002 cal. 1007BS/1008BS cal. 1071/1072 cal. 1120 These vintage cals also have their variations (with date, with second hand, free-sprung, etc. but they are all beautiful, mechanical, pieces of art).  There is information on a lot of these calibres in the Recommended Threads section. What other calibres do the Loungers think would be a part of this list (i.e. VC's Hall of Fame)?  I'm sure some of the newest in-house movements will be future members of the Hall of Fame, but I think it requires time to tell. Best Regards, Dan