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Follow up: "What watch is this" warning modem buster

November 10 2006 at 12:44 AM
Peter  (Login Beams64aus)

Thanks for the previous replies, I had the back removed today and have some pictures of the movement. This watch has never been worn or wound up, so the question, what is it worth? just email me.
Thanks in advance, love this site, what a great education. Please forgive my poor photography skills.


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Beautiful !

November 10 2006, 2:40 AM 

It's a silver stampd dial,
the technique is called frappé.
On page 318 in the book "Secrets of Vacheron Constantin",
you can see a sibling.
Probably from the 1950s.
Concerning value,
you can search Antiquorum, Sotheby's etc.
They are more beautiful,
then what they are paid
Keep it!

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Doc, do you have a picture of that watch?

November 10 2006, 5:32 PM 

I think I own an example from the '5o's. I have one with the same dial as Peter's, but the lugs extend off the bezel and are straight (look like the ears on Batman's mask!)and the diameter is 34 mm. Also, what is the difference in the dial process, this frappe vs. guilloche?

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To my knowledge

November 11 2006, 12:41 AM 

the frappé is stamped and the guilloche is engine turned,
more maual handling often for the guilloché.
No, I don't have any pics.
But as I wrote,
there is at least one in pic in "Secrets of VC".

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Like this?

November 11 2006, 8:41 AM 

The lugs you describe sounds like the one I have. I bought this just about a month ago.

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That´s a true beauty!

November 11 2006, 10:49 AM 

As you perhaps know I'm pretty much stuck in art deco.
This is 1950s, Bill have a catalogue from 1950,
and there a similar watch,
with centre second is shown.
Ref 4718.
In the letter to the dealer,
from Maison VC 1950, they clearly declares,
that they never do more than 24 of each model!

So, to all of you with vintage VC's,
beware of the small production numbers,
compared with another, in my eyes overpriced,
famous Brand.

VC has in hundred years longer time made,
1/3 - 1/2 half of the amount of the other Brand...

In 1950 VC had a year prduction of about 1400 - 1600 watches.

Several years in the 30s between 350-500.
A year !

Bill, WHL, knows all about this watch,
and the other (round) VC's from 1950s


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A really stunning old piece. Classic VC dial.Enjoy

November 10 2006, 2:46 AM 


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November 10 2006, 6:38 AM 

What an elegant combination of form and function; beautiful watch and beautiful case achieving both. Robert

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