This week obtains technical with an early Vacheron Constantin automatic, and a replica Rolex Daytona chronograph that comes with a stunning tri-color dial. You will also take a general view with one of the last classically-shaped Memovox from before the funky cases of the 1970s arrived. Besides, we end with an edifying Breitling franken-watch in the end, a wannabe Sprint 2010 which indicates one of the worst dials we have ever had the joy of finding.
Vacheron Constantin Automatic with Original Papers
The Vacheron Constantin replica was all about functionality in the 1950s, offering an automatic caliber and a screw-down waterproof caseback. Its case measures a substantive 35mm across, while a large number of dial/hands combinations exist, true to the fake Vacheron Constantin’s form in that era. In a letter to its retailers dated back to the 1950s, the manufacture had actually indicated that it never released more than 24 examples with the same design, which explains the countless variations of indexes and handset shapes that can be found for the very same stuffs.
It is said that the watch comes directly from the original owner, and shows a perfect preserved yellow gold case. The automatic movement is not described but it is either the elusive bumper caliber 477/1, only produced between 1950 and 1952 and cased afterwards, or the caliber P1019 with full rotor, produced from 1958. Given that the original papers indicate a sale in 1962, and imaging the fake rolex watch did not stay in inventory for quite a long time, the presence of the caliber P1019 comes with a higher probability; both movements are very nice automatic calibers any way.
The Navitimer Rattrapante replica is the newest addition and it was released earlier this year at Baselworld. It features both a take on the original Navitimer dial and a split-seconds chronograph function and is the first time that the manufacture has made this complication entirely in-house. You may recall the Duograph from Breitling, a split-seconds chronograph from the 1940s, and this replica watch is now very collectible, so it is nice to see the fake Breitling referring back to its heritage.