An attractive, sporty and rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch of the famous Swiss watch brand Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755. Estimated production period: 2016–2021. Case made of stainless steel, diameter 41mm, 11mm thick, marked by the Poinçon de Genève quality seal, screw-locked crown, sapphire caseback. Dark-blue sunburst dial; luminous hour hand, minute hand, and applied indexes; 1/5-seconds scale on a peripheral sloped ring. Caliber 5100/1, self-winding, 22k gold rotor, design inspired by the Rose of Wind, power reserve up to 60 hours, marked by the Poinçon de Genève quality seal, antimagnetic protection. Functions – indication of time in hours and minutes, central seconds hand, and date aperture at 3 o’clock. Overseas III stainless steel bracelet, Vacheron Constantin triple folding clasp with Maltese cross, quick bracelet change system.

Lot essay

The Overseas collection of luxury sport watches was introduced by Vacheron Constantin in 1996 as a successor to the previous sporty and elegant Phidias collection, and on a bracelet of an integral design. Since 1996, the Overseas collection has proven its appeal both as a high-end everyday watch and as a collector’s item. The first-generation automatic watches (Overseas I) had 35mm or 37mm cases and were powered by caliber 1310, which was based on a Girard-Perregaux caliber 3100 movement-blank. Then, in 2004, Ref. 47040 (Overseas II) arrived in a significantly larger 42mm case, on a new Maltese-cross inspired Overseas bracelet and powered by caliber 1126SC, based on a Jaeger-LeCoultre 889 movement-blank. Finally, in 2016, the brand performed the latest modernization of the Overseas collection, aiming to make the collection 100% in-house with the new Poinçon de Genève certification. 

Men’s three hands and date Overseas models are a promising alternative to other sporty-elegant watches, in particular to the Nautilus and Royal Oak.

Since then, the men’s three hands and date automatic Ref. 4500V (Overseas III) has used the in-house self-winding caliber 5100/1, set into a 41mm case. 5100/1 is a beautiful caliber made in the Genevan tradition of thin movements, which applies not only to their technical characteristics but also to their aesthetic features. Overseas III watches were offered on a newer Overseas bracelet, fitted with a quick-change system allowing the owner to easily change the bracelet to a leather or rubber strap without the need to take it to a watchmaker.

Men’s three hands and date Overseas models are a promising alternative to other sporty-elegant watches, in particular to the Nautilus and Royal Oak. Vacheron Constantin offers its own distinctive style with a very high level of execution, confirmed by the Poinçon de Genève quality seal used since 2011 not only on movements, but on watches as a whole. Vacheron Constantin is one of the few brands with 100% in-house Poinçon de Genève sports watches. Moreover, although there is no data on the number of pieces released, which is typical for Vacheron Constantin, the production is definitely limited and secondary-market proposals are quite rare.

Reasons to bid

The Overseas is a superb luxury sports watch created by Vacheron Constantin as an alternative to similar watches from other prestigious brands. Vacheron Constantin goes up against them with a unique design of its own, with the collection’s signature features. The present lot belongs to the latest-generation of the Overseas collection, produced in line with state-of-the-art watch technology. Therefore, the Overseas III Self-winding Ref. 4500V/110A-B128 would appear to be a very attractive purchase for the collector who seeks a self-winding mechanical wristwatch of a branded sporty design from a world-famous traditional watch brand, one of the market leaders in haute horlogerie and complicated timepieces. The present watch features an Overseas III stainless steel bracelet fitted with a triple folding clasp marked by a Maltese cross, a symbol of the brand, which significantly increases the perceived value of the present watch and underscores its sporty chic character.