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Vacheron Constantin: Looks like a case repair

or a manufacturing flaw because one lug appears to be in a different position than the others. As for authenticity, only VC can determine for these watches where we don't have a reference number engraved on the watch itself, but I cannot find a similar model in my catalogs.
19h
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Vacheron Constantin: here is another example

of the same French maker's mark, perhaps "D+T". The ebauche was exported without case, the Extracts I've seen for these French pieces do not identify the case makers (Verger was one of them but this is not their mark). Apparently this situation was motivated by high import tariffs to France post WWI
19d
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Vacheron Constantin: there may also be

either 154 or 54 stamped on the case body to confirm the two parts match. The casemaker was registered in 1947 so that establishes the earliest possible date. Edit: here is an example from the same case maker but for Ref 4539 XXL of 1949. The numbers match the last 3 digits of the case serial number
19d
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Vacheron Constantin: Not a familiar design

V&C's 38mm wrist watch cases of the 50s and 60s were often called "XXL", which is funny as today anything XXL would probably be 48+. I haven't this design in my photo archive so would exercise caution until you can examine the case markings directly.
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By: Tick Talk
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Vacheron Constantin: duh, you are right of course

I even posted on this new in-house cal 2455 earlier :-0
1M
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Vacheron Constantin: Here is the original gang for comparison

The reissue has the same 37mm case width as the original 222, and the same movement, but the date window has shifted about 3mm inwards giving that extra real estate to play with.
1M
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Vacheron Constantin: Russian zolotniks

"I don't know the significance of "56" above the gold fineness, perhaps someone interested in German watchmaking can help us out." LOL, I forgot our earlier discussion here; "56" zolotniks was the Russian standard for 14k gold, so this was another potential market accounted for when the case maker
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Vacheron Constantin: German or Swiss?

The case is marked with a "crown in circle" and 14k gold fineness of "0,585" which were required by German law on cases made in or imported to that country. David Boettcher has a thorough write-up on his website vintagewatchstraps, stating the marks were often applied by Swiss case makers intending
1M
By: Tick Talk
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Vacheron Constantin: Fascinating but not surprising

Good find! Curious how you determined the Cyma has a German case, can you show us the case markings? Thanks for providing the photo reference number for the V&C. You noticed no doubt that it was one of a set of three watches with highly stylized lugs in the popular Egyptian Revival style. The la
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