Is Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 Steel too expensive?

Nov 25, 2019,22:15 PM

Lately I have been reading a lot more about this watch which i have an interest in getting one but I would like to see it in metal before I commit.

Most people complains that this is way too expensive. The list price is about $39,800. I am thinking if this is indeed too expensive when you compare to the other chronograph using similar movement.
Can you imagine a stainless steel Patek 5070 going for anything below $60k?
I am just a bit surprised by the reaction of the price by most people when no one says much about the ridiculous price of nautilus :P
What do you think?

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It is just me haha

 By: CL : November 26th, 2019-06:57
when I first saw the watch, I was thinking this is gonna cost me a leg and a arm but it ends up cheaper than what I expected. It is a great watch and a super grail after you have reviewed it

IMHO it is about future value

 By: Gelato Monster : November 25th, 2019-23:32
People feels VC price is too expensive because it will surely lost significant part of its value, whereas Patek price is acceptable because Patek/Nautilus value is appreciating


 By: Rei : November 25th, 2019-23:42
Well said

True indeed.

 By: batholith : November 26th, 2019-02:40
I am interested in the same watch and will look for a used example two or three years down the road.

Few years from now [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-03:46

That's so true...

 By: CL : November 26th, 2019-06:59
it will probably be 20-25% cheaper but I think it is worth enjoying one now and let it depreciate 20-25% over the next 3 years. It must be the holiday season effect :P

Certainly true

 By: batholith : November 26th, 2019-10:30
The extra years of enjoyment have their own value. But there are so many watches on the list of watches to get!

True somefimes we Purist are so passionate (crazy stupid)

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-15:08
when we fall in love with a watch. To be honest I am also, not once but several times Nonetheless I also realize and keep reminding myself, I have a budget limit thus I have the be smart. The smarter we are the more watch we can have and enjoy. timing is ... 

Very true

 By: batholith : November 26th, 2019-15:24
Agreed entirely.

Those may crash ...

 By: CL : November 26th, 2019-06:57
if you see how many out there are for sale.

Yes. In the past there are some watch that go theopposite way

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-15:11
Everybody was not buying because everyone think was is to expensive. The brand/factory stop production early 5/10 years later it become rare and the price goes to the roof.

I hope this one does not.

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-15:17
IMHO it is one of the more beautiful chrono. The lug is the best of all chrono. the movement is arguably neiter as majestic as lange nor as beautiful as Patek, but still very awesome

Price aside, it's a lovely watch [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : November 26th, 2019-03:30

Pricing equals trade off

 By: Jurry : November 26th, 2019-10:14
Pricing high end watches is an art in itself. Simple economics whereby price is the balance point between supply and demand, won’t get you far. There are so many factors involved: costs, volume, general company pricing strategy often with distinct yet sli... 

Very well said...

 By: CL : November 26th, 2019-11:40
I mention my curiosity only because I keep hearing same collectors who owns Patek chronograph complaining about the Vacheron price being overpriced. Different metric system. Congrats to your retirement. Your watch is much more suited for your special occa... 

Totally concur

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-15:19
Me also not at the current price

Hmmm black,I am drooling [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : November 26th, 2019-15:59
Salmon would make it aristocratic. perfect.

Yep! [nt]

 By: amanico : November 26th, 2019-21:35

Black is too close to Hodinkee version...

 By: CL : November 26th, 2019-17:01
and Lange and Patek already have black chrono. The steel GDV reminds me of the 'old' 5070G and 5070R dial combined. 5070G and R dial color is very attractive in metal. Salmon is literally everywhere now which I think I'm starting to dislike it. Overdose o... 

I will choose 5070G any day...

 By: CL : November 27th, 2019-06:55
sometime a classic dial color need not be too special. A bit of finesss will do wonder

Me too. ;)

 By: amanico : November 27th, 2019-09:07

From photo...

 By: CL : November 27th, 2019-11:29
many people thinks this is just a white dial but in metal, it is more than that

Not true.

 By: CL : November 27th, 2019-21:14
It is far from that. Your statement is a hype. How can a 5070 defeat a Datograph? They are just different.

😊 yes they are different [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : November 27th, 2019-21:41

Different but always

 By: CL : November 28th, 2019-06:26
make our hearts beat faster . Dato is the BEST but hard to make me excited.

I am a movement sucker,

 By: Gelato Monster : November 28th, 2019-15:43
I am not dreaming of Dato anymore after Triple Split is born.

Not this one... :)))

 By: amanico : November 27th, 2019-23:21
Because of that: ...  

Another unique Chronograph [nt]

 By: Gelato Monster : November 28th, 2019-02:02

I bought one today

 By: ammerix1 : January 11th, 2020-14:33
and can say that the dial face is superior to the Pt version, at about half the price.


 By: CL : January 11th, 2020-17:01
Most place I ask don't have one but I saw one in HK a few days ago that just arrive. Did you buy yours from HK? Share with us your experience on this piece. I saw it first time in metal 3 days ago and I was impressed with the dial. My feeling is VC create... 

Hi CL ...

 By: ammerix1 : January 24th, 2020-10:24
Fantatic watch! Mine is from an AD in Germany. Sorry but I don't take photos and therefore can't post them! ... am presently using the chronograph function several times a day, daily rate +/- 2 sec. Yes, I use it to time different operations that are esse... 


 By: CL : January 24th, 2020-13:08
Mine will arrive in a week's time. I will take some photos