Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955: 5y review

Jun 18, 2020,15:08 PM

As a recovering watches-addict wink  I am enjoying my past purchases. Here is the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra-Fine 1955 bought in late 2015.

You might think that this is just a dress watch.

I think that is much more: an elegant every day watch (but of course not for the beach or sports!) not just for the office but -- especially relevant in 2020 -- the home office.

It fits particularly wear if you wear a formal shirt (which many do even in home office. Being at home doesn't always mean being dressed down when you work).

I would say that in the past these watches would see the light just in special occasion: the opera, a special event. But I think that every day is special!

But now some photos including the movement:

With many watches I didn't wear this as  much as I would have liked but I  plan to give to this watch a bit more wrist time smile 
I don't think is a watch for everyone (e.g. in the same style the Patrimony Manual Winding is not very thick either and at a much better price) but it is a gorgeous piece perhaps more for the connoisseur that really wants a very thin watch with smaller proportions. 

In the past 5 years though this watch has been a very trusted companion for all these days when I felt that "less is more"  

The strap is also fantastic. Very soft, shiny black fits perfectly with the watch and confers a lot of character. 

The movement gives us a bit of an explanation on why this is truly different than a patrimony: the movement is in gold and thinner than a 20 Swiss cents coin. 
In the past years the big trend was sport watches: as we all know you can't get many sport models or there is a huge wait list everywhere. Not so much for dress watches (may be because the lifestyle has changed...may be even more with home office) and indeed a sport watch is very versatile. Yet something magically elegant happens when you wear this watch. Perhaps you are transported to a different time, a different vibe.  It is not a watch to show off because most people won't noticed it or identify it as being special. I recall seeing this watch before and not being sure if I would enjoy it as much.

I did and I look forward to many more years with this very special Vacheron Constantin Ultra-fine. 

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Such a beautiful classic dress watch! [nt]

 By: esddmd : June 18th, 2020-15:22
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thank you! [nt]

 By: christianch : June 18th, 2020-17:03
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An underappreciated watch! Ultra Thins are Ultra Special! [nt]

 By: patrick_y : June 18th, 2020-15:33
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yes very slim ! [nt]

 By: christianch : June 18th, 2020-17:04
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Absolutely love this! Quite possibly the ultimate "black tie" watch!

 By: jleno : June 18th, 2020-16:00
Looks great on your wrist as well, a perfect size!
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thank you

 By: christianch : June 18th, 2020-17:04
the size is really nice. I don't mind bigger watches but this has a special balance/proportions.
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 By: LS : June 18th, 2020-17:11
The VC 1003 is a fantastic acheivement.
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The gold movement! [nt]

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : June 18th, 2020-17:14
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What a beauty!

 By: hackingseconds : June 18th, 2020-17:40
What a beautiful timepiece you got there. I would wear it frequently as well, with a matte brown alligator strap it will go well with a lot of outfits.
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I agree with you, it's a beautiful watch from both sides. It may look stunning in brown shoes..

 By: Pun : June 18th, 2020-19:52
Wear it in good health.
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will need to try that :) [nt]

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:14
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Type of watch and brand I love. Watch for the watch type of watch ☺️

 By: agyzace : June 18th, 2020-22:46
Thanks for sharing this superb piece Christian! Alex
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you are welcome!

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:14
a bit of a under appreciated watch so glad to share
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I did not know about its movement. It is awesome overall... [nt]

 By: agyzace : June 19th, 2020-01:32
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yes the movement is an hidden secret..I think probably the only one in gold in a thin watch [nt]

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:34
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Such a superb watch..thanks for sharing Christian!! [nt]

 By: agyzace : June 19th, 2020-12:25
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Very elegant watch, indeed. The Vacheron I like. And this movement! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 18th, 2020-23:08
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thank you :) glad that you like it too.

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:15
I know you like vintage and I am sure many similar vintage Vacheron are available at more reasonable prices
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Many I don't know, but I always have an eye on them, for sure. ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-01:18
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Marvelous timepiece...

 By: George Gently : June 18th, 2020-23:26
A true beauty in many ways, lovely restrained. George
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yes really much under the radar! [nt]

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:16
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classic propotions and very very elegant timepiece !

 By: mahesh : June 19th, 2020-00:24
i like your first wrist shot !! Best, mahesh.,
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thank you! just on my balcony with the swiss flag on the background! [nt]

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:17
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 By: Jurry : June 19th, 2020-00:30
Thanks for sharing. If I had to choose one word to describe this watch it would be “elegant” I agree it’s not just a dress watch. If one wears smart casual to a restaurant this watch is perfect. And can think of a million occasions like that one By the wa... 
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I agree especially with the dressing down

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:19
of course smart casual is fine but -- to my surprise -- I have seen really sloppy outfits even for senior executives. I like to always be dressed right and I feel that there is indeed an advantage. Looking the part is very important.
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It is beautiful!

 By: Pelle_thorstenson : June 19th, 2020-00:35
Can I ask about the size/thickness please? With my limited watch knowledge I have started to look for a 1955 PP Calatrava did you consider this when you bought this great VC? Any thoughts or advice to me from anybody within our community is highly appreci... 
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36 mm big, 4, 1 mm high. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-00:39
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Thank you [nt]

 By: Pelle_thorstenson : June 19th, 2020-00:42
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like Nicolas said it is 36mm 4.1mm thickness

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-01:32
Now, as a comparison a patrimony from Vacheron would be 6.79 mm, the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196R 7,68 mm. When I bought this I already had a Calatrava 5127 in white gold (that they don't make any more) which is around 9mm. I only buy new watches so the... 
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Yes, extra thinness is a plus for me, as well. And in platinum, you have a superb density. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-01:39
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Never trier the platinum because

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-12:38
Is a bit pf a rare bird in ADs but is goood to have both versions!
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For sure! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-12:45
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Patek's thinnest watch is the Ellipse 3738, an automatik watch

 By: COUNT DE MONET : June 19th, 2020-01:54
It is not theire manual 5196. The Ellipse is just under 6 mm, 5.79 or something.
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yes ! I have that in WG (remember? it was your advice to go for it)

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-02:01
still an amazing piece, need to get it from the safe
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I recall, now that you said it 😀

 By: COUNT DE MONET : June 21st, 2020-00:01
The 3738 is a keeper in any metal. I read somewhere that the popularity of the Ellipse has risen. I checked on chrono24 the offerings and yes, much fewer offerings than a few years ago. Your 1955 is one of the most desirable manual time only for me.
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Happy you also considered the Aronde 1954, too

 By: respo : June 19th, 2020-06:06
That once still haunts my dreams. One day, perhaps... ...  
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yes it was a very nice piece but discontinued now :(

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-07:12
wonder if some AD still have it
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Very nice!

 By: munichblue : June 19th, 2020-04:25
I like your watch very much, I like your attidude, but give God that you never see me dressed when I work from home. ;-)
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thank you! and lol don't worry

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-04:37
I did wear this watch at home in pyjama even so may be goes with any home outfit
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Indeed! ;-) [nt]

 By: munichblue : June 19th, 2020-13:05
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Wonderful piece

 By: Cookies : June 19th, 2020-05:30
It is understated and beautiful. The mechanism is exquisite. Yes it could be an everyday watch too. I hope you wear it more often.
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Thank you! I plan to make it

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-12:34
And everyday watch!
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Congratulations on your 5-year anniversary with the Historiques Ultra-fines 1955

 By: respo : June 19th, 2020-06:42
Mine has been with me for 8 years now. As I always say about this watch, the 1955 is simply a joy to wear. It feels like no other watch on the wrist. Mine says hello: Congratulations, once again. Cheers, respo ...  
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I saw one in the metal today. Even better in the real! [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-12:15
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Indeed in real is something

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-12:34
Very different!
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You can really get its exquisite nature. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-12:38
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Thanks respo! Also for the pics! Your initial review

 By: christianch : June 19th, 2020-12:33
Was decisive and i recall you had amazing pics pf the Watch and also some nice 👞! As you rightly said feel like no other watch on the wrist. Glad to hear thar yours is still with you!
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My vintage 6115 says hi.

 By: LS : June 19th, 2020-18:55
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A beauty, Ted... Wow, very class. [nt]

 By: amanico : June 19th, 2020-23:27
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Beg your pardon?

 By: LS : June 20th, 2020-05:38
This is Lucas..
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Sorry, Lucas! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : June 20th, 2020-06:39
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very nice..and charming

 By: christianch : June 20th, 2020-15:21
lots of vintage vachelor have the same spirit of this historique edition (perhaps at a much better price)
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Simplicity at its finest from VC. What a beautiful watch 😍 [nt]

 By: holdemchamp1225 : June 20th, 2020-11:39
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thank you ! really an under rated Vachelor that has a lot of character [nt]

 By: christianch : June 20th, 2020-15:23
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Thanks for your nice post. I actually wanted to buy it in 2015 too

 By: Reuven Malter : June 21st, 2020-05:44
But ended up with the Patek 5227, which is very similar but thicker. I loved the movement and the design but ultimately wanted a date and a modern movement. Great to hear that you made the right decision as i must agree - your watch is really so special!
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can't go wrong with 5127/5227

 By: christianch : June 22nd, 2020-15:42
and I am also with you regarding the date that is always a great addition. I would say the 5227 is a bit more versatile may be !
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Thumbs up for this VC.

 By: ronhan : June 23rd, 2020-05:47
That's what a dress watch should be, period.
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Great to see this write up!! My favorite modern VC! I’ve tried it in a few times, only the price keeps me from owning it. [nt]

 By: Handwound : June 25th, 2020-19:44
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I agree. Perhaps this is the downside of this watch [nt]

 By: christianch : June 26th, 2020-01:22
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Yes.....but what an ultra thin beauty. I once talked to a guy who had one, but sold it, because the hairs on his arm were too long for the case thinness !!! [nt]

 By: Handwound : June 26th, 2020-06:49
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indeed you can see sometimes the hair going over the watch even in some of my pics :)

 By: christianch : June 26th, 2020-07:05
strategy wise (although this community is not about pricing) I suggest always an AD were best deals (especially for pieces that are not so quick to move like this one) are possible.
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Good thought!! [nt]

 By: Handwound : June 26th, 2020-07:16
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