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    Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    I'm not a watch guy at all. I recently bought a vintage Porsche from a friend of mine and was lucky to discover this watch in the ashtray. After confirming that it did not belong to him, I am now looking for the best way to go about selling it. I've done quite a bit of research and have yet to find a comparable watch. To my untrained eye, it appears to be a small pocket watch that has been converted to a wrist watch and is now missing the lower "mount" and straps. It's dated July 4th 1908. It is not working and does need some cleaning up, the dials do move when turning the crown. I'm tempted to just post it on eBay and see what happens. Any other options? Any opinions on what it is that I have exactly?

    Case #203997
    Movement #335988

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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Hi and welcome
    What a find!
    And I was sure I was going to see a fake wristwatch, but no this all looks 100% genuine.
    It is a small ladies pendant watch. Hence only one lug. Worn like a nurses pendant watch
    Lovely white telephone style enamel dial with blue numerals.
    No pics of inside case, so I can not see if it is gold, but I expect 18kt or 14kt gold.
    Full picture of movement would help.

    I think you will find this piece quite valuable.

    selling?
    Auction house like Christie or even Ebay.
    If you make better pictures, I can put you in touch with a possible buyer.

    Nice piece and great find!!

    adam
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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Beautiful and finding an Vacheron Constantin in the ashtray of a vintage Porsche is a brilliant story as well!

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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    What a stroke of luck! Could you show the entire movement? Thanks!
    I know this is unsolicited information but the hands do not appear to match.

    Aditya

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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Not sure what makes others think it's genuine with such limited pictures, but the one thing that jumps out at me is that the serial number appears to date the movement to several years after the inscription on the case, but does match the dial style.
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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Thanks for the information guys. Here are a couple more pics that I have on my iPhone. I will take some better pictures with a real camera.
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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Looks like a good quality movement. I'm not sure how accurate the serial dating lists are; I saw one that puts the date between 1910 and 1915, and another that puts it 1915-1920. Both are past the 1908 engraving on the case, but that may or may not mean anything.
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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    I did check the date at my original post, and put it to 1910.

    However the inscription can be added with an earlier memorable date (say the death of a parent).
    Therefore I was not too concerned.
    I still stand by my original post and feeling is that watch is 100% original and not a fake.

    Enjoy your find
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    It certainly bears a remarkable resemblance to this one:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Vacheron Constantin 11.75'''H4.6

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Need advice on best way to sell- 1908 Vacheron & Constantin

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    It certainly bears a remarkable resemblance to this one:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Vacheron Constantin 11.75'''H4.6

    Hartmut Richter
    Possible, making it original??
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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