I do like Vacheron Constantin movements – they are very well made, and very intricate. What puts me off is that I can’t get any spare parts whatsoever. I can buy brake parts for an Aston Martin that speeds along at 250 km/h freely, but buying spare parts for VC watches is apparently too dangerous for the public…
The 18k gold case has a serial number and a case reference.
Bottom side – the dial washer is missing.
From a craftsmanship point of view, there is nothing between a Patek Philippe movement and this one.
The gear train bridge removed.
The bottom plate with the keyless works. Note that both escape wheel and fourth wheel have cap jewels from both sides. Nicely done.
The parts cleaned and ready for assembly – you get a good idea of the scale of this movement now. Not something you want to put together after a cup of coffee.
The balance jewels go in first. The markings on the cock indicate that the beat rate is adjusted by turning the balance weights.
The top plate is back together, and the movement is ticking again.
288 degrees amplitude is much better, and I’m a happy bunny.
Now I can put together the bottom plate. No wire springs, just like it should be.
I fit a new dial washer. At least that’s a generic part 😉
All back together. A very stylish dress watch. But don’t buy one, you won’t be able to get any parts whatsoever. And Vacheron Constantin will roger you senseless if you dare to give them the watch for a service. Shame, really.