Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Pocket Watch 57100/000

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 1st, 2019-10:56
Leafing through some of my old catalogues, this Vacheron Constantin Pocket Watch got me looking twice!

Skeleton Pocket Watch reference 57100/000.

Normally I am not much for "Barock" Skeleton movement... But this one I really like!

The catalogue which is an old boutique sales book only have the number and the picture.

No other text at all - not even a year of printing!

My conclusion is that the PW is with manual movement in Platinum but after that....

Do anyone know this Pocket Watch?! Any information would be highly appreciated!

Another dream watch inside the same catalogue is also the Mercator. Another absolutely fantastic piece from the VC Manufacture!


VC was always on top of skeleton watches game

 By: Ares501 - Mr Green : March 1st, 2019-11:08
I find their skeleton watches the best... thanks for sharing this really interesting catalogue my friend.

You always find some interesting things while going through old catalogues and documents...! :) [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-00:48
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Those Mercators are so beautiful

 By: Passionata_george : March 1st, 2019-11:22
Do you have any closeups on the dial?

Indeed, beautiful!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-00:52
Here you go!


Europe - Africa - Asia

America - Australia

Europe - Africa - Asia

America - Australia


Love the diver helmet among the legends,

 By: Passionata_george : March 2nd, 2019-02:00
do you know what the T means? what technique the dial was manufactured?Lacquer?

I think Mike H can give you better details about these...

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-03:24
As for the T, not sure - normally T=Tritium, but here since its 90/00 and as far as I can tell, there are no luminous on the hands or dial...
Not sure, in the catalogue there were no explanation.

Let s page him ,T stands

 By: Passionata_george : March 2nd, 2019-05:47
at the pocket watches too ,i guess it s something very obvious

I'm going to guess it stands for Time only function

 By: dshao1 : March 2nd, 2019-15:12
As it's the only thing in common I can think of between the Mercators and Pocket Watches that are shown.

Various dials were made, the monochrome ones were engraved and there are some beautiful, colorful, enamel dials as well.

Thank you ,i ve seen some email dials

 By: Passionata_george : March 2nd, 2019-17:13
but these engraved ones must be stunning in real life!the T ,actuallly i was sure it must be something pretty obvious ,TY

Correction, I'm not sure if all of the monochrome dials are engraved

 By: dshao1 : March 2nd, 2019-18:16
I'm sorry, it's been awhile for me to remember all the details. So I can't say for sure if all monochrome dials were engraved.

Still a big time lover of vintage V&C, but have stepped away for awhile.

Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Pocket Watch ref 57500, early 1990's

 By: anon438 : March 3rd, 2019-03:19
Dasho, thats it.
Simply stunning - isn't it.

another picture, not exactly the same features

 By: anon438 : March 3rd, 2019-08:44

definitely, most beautiful!

 By: dshao1 : March 3rd, 2019-15:10
I think VC's skeletonization work (or should I know call it open-work?) is some of the very best IMO.

As many know, V&C's reference numbers used to refer to the specific case design. So the only difference between 57100 and 57500 was the diamonds set into the case. I love both versions.

Not only the diamonds missing on the the foto sample from AQ

 By: anon438 : March 3rd, 2019-20:24
The the chain ring is maybe a replaceent part, the case design isn't 100% ident, maybe there were some modifications during the time.
Look e.g. at the name plate badge on the top it's not the same size.

Thank you for the additional scans and shots!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 4th, 2019-09:40
This movement is so elegant!

Did you recognise the variations of the open work, the cut-out's

 By: anon438 : March 4th, 2019-10:59
I guess, every single movement is an individual, probably made by an individual watch maker!

Seam to be a variation of that movement, and shows off the naked back..

 By: anon438 : March 4th, 2019-11:39
wow, isn't it: check this article:

Thank you for pointing out this post! Miss that one. [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 5th, 2019-09:26
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YG vs WG - your choice

 By: anon438 : March 9th, 2019-13:55
But for me, preferably the YG version.

The pocket watch I didn't know, but it is really eye catching. As for the Mercator, this is a watch which is always very high in my wish list. Nice find, Blomman. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 1st, 2019-13:12
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Yes, I didn't know the PW either... [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-00:52
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I haven't seen one of these in a long time!

 By: dshao1 : March 1st, 2019-15:43
They are beautiful!  The Les Complications collection was roughly from the late 90s-early 00s (don't remember the exact years)  The watch was 43mm in diameter and ultra-thin.

The movement is Cal. 1701SQ.  It was the last true Pocket Watch movement used by VC and had a 41 hour power reserve ( 21,600 vph, 20 jewels, 36.10 mm diameter, 1.90mm thick).

Thank you very much for the information!

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-00:53
Very helpful!

Thanks a lot for these precisions. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 2nd, 2019-03:24
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Truly mesmerising, I’m going find out more [nt]

 By: TomKxx : March 2nd, 2019-00:56
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Please report back here if you find anything more! [nt]

 By: blomman Mr Blue : March 2nd, 2019-03:24
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