On Tuesday I passed on this London auction lot.

Jul 24, 2020,05:17 AM

Attractive 33mm 18ct yellow and pink gold case 1942 Vacheron Constantin with refinished dial and later crown.  Auctioneer let me test movement: beat error 2.0 m/s, rate +120 secs/day consistent over five positions and average amplitude 245 degrees.  I thought the refinishing could have been better because some of the numbers and bars did not line up properly.  The quite low winning hammer price was £100 greater than my proposed maximum bid, but I was not happy to bid up.  I think I was right.  Lovely strap with V-C signed pin-buckle.


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Pretty watch

 By: Rcgoddu : July 24th, 2020-06:43
But that beat error seems too high. I know how crushing it can be to give up on an auction and see someone else win for not much more. But who knows, even if you bid up the other guy may have, as well. Being refinished and with unoriginal parts you should... 

I would have accepted a BE below 0.9 m/s.

 By: chippyfly : July 24th, 2020-09:20
The balance regulator would likely accommodate most if not all the +120 secs/day. The dial was the real deal breaker for me. The auction house estimate range was pretty close to where it sold and the online bidding was not unexpectedly quite slow. It was ... 

That dial would bother me forever

 By: batholith : July 24th, 2020-10:07
The flaws would be hard to overlook.