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  1. aap Oct 13, 2021

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    Sharing my newest watch - a Vacheron & Constantin P454/3B from 1950.

    I’ve always wanted a classic Vacheron & Constantin - something that features a reputable movement, a nice dial, case, in excellent condition, and definitely with the “&” in the name ( personally love ampersands).

    With the patient help and uncompromising guidance of one of my watch mentors - our very own @Tony C. - I went through dozens of examples over the last year, making sure I find one that not only satisfied the above criteria but equally delighted my own style and taste.

    This V&C has a nice guilloche dial, allowing the applied gold markers to pop out. Then, there’s the V&C wordmark resting on a plank. There are some blemishes, but overall, I’m happy.

    The yellow gold case is very comfortable on the wrist at 37mm. The tapered (Batman), hooded lugs, are commanding and sleek at the same time.

    Of course, another highlight is the movement. This watch features the legendary caliber 453, one of V&C’s classic movements, that served as the base caliber for many classic V&C watches.

    All in all, an elegant, subtle watch from a great period of a legendary manufacturer. Thanks Tony!

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  2. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Oct 13, 2021

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    Nice, nothing beats the elegance of a 3 hand no date gold watch.

    Congrats ;)

    ( I do think it deserves a expensive Italian crocodile strap )
     
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  3. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Oct 13, 2021

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    A fine, elegant and understated piece. The strap dresses it down for today’s more casual attire. Congrats …
     
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  4. Servius Oct 13, 2021

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    And we deserve a pic of the movement….

    Congratulations, that dial must be mesmerising in real life !
     
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  5. aap Oct 13, 2021

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    Yes, strap recommendations are welcome!
     
  6. aap Oct 13, 2021

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    Movement pic added! Thank you!
     
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  7. NT931 Oct 13, 2021

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    Congrats! I have a similar one, but with a central seconds P454/5B instead.

    From the look of it, they share the same case and interesting lugs, especially the lugs which cover the sides of the strap slightly (as I've shown in the 2nd pic). I really like those unusual "Batman" lugs as you've called them (good name!)


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  8. aap Oct 13, 2021

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    Beautiful!!!
     
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  9. Nobel Prize Spell Master! Oct 13, 2021

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    love it. Congratulations. Also great watch @NT931 !
     
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  10. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Oct 13, 2021

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    I’d stay casual. Shell Cordovan, Distressed Alligator…
     
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  11. jaguar11 Oct 13, 2021

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    Outstanding!!!!!!!
     
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  12. marcn Enough space to say witty Oct 13, 2021

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  13. kristal Oct 13, 2021

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    Really nice watch, wear it in good health!
     
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  14. kristal Oct 13, 2021

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    That is a killer combo! Thumbs up :)
     
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  15. aap Oct 14, 2021

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    Adding some closeups
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  16. arktree Oct 14, 2021

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    Gorgeous dial and movement, congrats @aap
    Didn’t know there’s a ‘&’ between V C until today. Wear in good health!

    @NT931 nice watch too!
     
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  17. aap Oct 14, 2021

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    Thank you! From what I read, they dropped the & in the 1970s.
     
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  18. MikiJ Likes songs about Purple spices Oct 14, 2021

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    What's not to like? The dial, the movement, the lugs, always something special with these beautiful vintage Vacherons ::love::
     
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  19. DNX Oct 26, 2021

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    Me neither as mine is VC not V&C - learn something new each day...
     
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  20. ding Oct 27, 2021

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    That's a beautiful watch. Kudos!!
     
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