Classic and secondhand Vacheron Constantin watches are, with out debate, one of many strongest values in watches, anyplace. The watchmaking is prime notch, and whereas the GP, JLC, and Blancpain above provide quite a lot of operate, Vacheron items not solely provide the operate, but in addition top-tier motion ending that, at occasions, rivals the the likes of Patek Philippe. How, for instance, is that this Forties Vacheron 4178 in pink gold with blue pulsation scale not definitely worth the $30,000 reserve? It didn’t promote in Sotheby’s final public sale, and that’s mind-blowing to me. However the watch that’s most undervalued in my very own humble opinion is the Les Historiques Chronograph, specifically these in platinum. The Les Historiques chronos had been made within the Nineteen Nineties into the 2000s (arguably one thing of a darkish interval whenever you’re taking a look at normal curiosity in advantageous timepieces), and so they use the Lemania 2310 motion – the identical that you just’ll discover in a Patek 5070, 5970, many Breguets, and others.
However as a result of that is Vacheron, the Lemania actions in these are completed to the nines. Okay, possibly to the eights, compared solely with one thing like a Patek Philippe, however they’re much better executed than simply about another watch utilizing this motion, and you’ve got a pleasant sapphire again to look at this magnificence. On prime of that, these watches are derived from the likes of the 4178 chronograph talked about above and are simply downright stunning. And but, they promote for virtually nothing. As I mentioned on this submit, the platinum piece above bought for 15,000 CHF final yr. In yellow gold, one bought simply final week for 10,000 CHF. There are a handful accessible at this very second for beneath $25,000 with full field and papers, which to me is completely the most effective values in watches at present.