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    Vacheron Constantin

    My grandfather passed away several weeks ago, and my family has just got around to going through his things. My grandfather was born to a very prominent Swiss family in France, he grew up in a mansion on Lake Geneva. He was given a Vacheron Constantin watch for his graduation. The family then lost everything in World War II, but that's a different story.

    The watch was given to my father, but my father is not really into watches and he knows that I am. He hinted that it may be passed to me sooner or later.

    I just wanted to know a little bit more about it. Looking on Wikipedia wasn't able to tell me much. How much about is it worth? (Just out of curiosity, I would never sell it). How common is this brand? (I certainly haven't seen it mentioned a lot).

    Just any info would be appreciated.

    It is quite a beauty! (Sorry for the crappy picture).

    http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3...constantin.jpg
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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    Hi.

    1) Your picture is so large it blocks out the reply button. Any chance you could downsize it a bit? (I've had to block it to post this).

    2) Vacheron Constantinis a top, top, brand.

    3) Your watch looks 1940's to me.

    4) See this article

    http://www.timezone.com/library/horo...70221915274883

    5) Sorry, we don't do valuations in here. But see:

    http://www.chrono24.com/en/vacheronconstantin/

    for a flavour of how desirable they are in a monetary sense.

    Thanks for posting. More knowledgeable folk will reply in due course.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    For some reason I can't size it down, so I just changed it to a link.

    Found some more info, I can get a certificate of authenticity for 850 Swiss Francs...

    ...or about $789 USD


    ouch.

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    Cheers! A fine looking watch.


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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    Something else I've come across...

    According to Wikipedia (Which means I shall take it with a grain of salt):
    In 1970 the "&" was dropped from Vacheron & Constantin.

    The watch in the article that Marrick posted seems to the same era as this watch, except this one does not have the "&" in the name and the one in the article does.

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    Beautiful watch. Congratulations on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BFreeman View Post
    Something else I've come across...

    According to Wikipedia (Which means I shall take it with a grain of salt):
    In 1970 the "&" was dropped from Vacheron & Constantin.

    The watch in the article that Marrick posted seems to the same era as this watch, except this one does not have the "&" in the name and the one in the article does.
    While the style of this watch is 1940s, VC and Patek both make current watches in somewhat similar styles. At the top end, styles are enduring.
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    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    Lovely looking watch Hope you enjoy it as and when it comes your way

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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    Hi Bfreeman,

    Certainly, a beauty like your VC is the kind of high-end wristwatch not commonly seen in this but also in every vintage watches forum.

    Congrats

    PS It would be very interesting and informative to see the movement

    Kingmatic from Mexico City
    Last edited by Kingmatic; April 10th, 2010 at 04:07.

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    Re: Vacheron Constantin

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Your watch looks 1940's to me.
    That was a style made in the 40's well into the 60's I believe. I'm far away from any reference material though. Further comments at the bottom.

    Quote Originally Posted by BFreeman View Post
    According to Wikipedia (Which means I shall take it with a grain of salt):
    In 1970 the "&" was dropped from Vacheron & Constantin.
    I have 1974 as the date they dropped the ampersand. Apparently Dubey & Shalenbrand signed it to a long term free agent contract shortly afterwards.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingmatic View Post
    It would be very interesting and informative to see the movement
    I'd sure like to see the back popped off this also. I can't get over the "&" being missing. Did your father ever have the dial refinished? That would explain it. The one thing I see that's scary is many unscrupulous sellers take watches from the less valuable cousin brand Jaeger LeCoultre and redial them to be Vacheron Constantins. Many of JLC's movements went into VC, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet watches (some still are used today) so it's important to see the movement. Hopefully "VXN" will be on it somewhere. I'm certainly not saying your father's watch is a fake - just that I've never seen that case with a dial lacking the ampersand.
    Last edited by ulackfocus; April 11th, 2010 at 18:41. Reason: typo & clarity

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