|Dial Color:||salmon pink|
|Bracelet/Strap:||steel Maltese Cross pattern full bracelet|
|Box/Paper:||Box and papers|
WRIST ICONS brings you the first generation Overseas in the largest size with the most rare dial of all variations, the collectible sunray salmon version. The Overseas was the successor of the nowadays popular 222. This first version of the Overseas is a real neo-vintage collectible watch from the oldest manufacture Vacheron Constantin. It has a very nice bracelet with its brushed and polished surfaces. The case design resembles a bit the 222 but it also has a some inspiration from the Maltese cross which is the symbol of the brand. It was designed to fit an active lifestyle. The remarkable technical collection quickly became the Maison's benchmark. Its dynamic lines, distinctive bezel, and solid caseback with a picture of the famous three-masted Amerigo Vespucci ship invite you to travel the seven seas.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas design is based on Georg Hysek 1970s design the integrated bracelet 222. This reference nowadays can compete with the most iconic stainless steel integrated sport watches of the big Maisons made by Gerald Genta for Audemars Piquet and Patek Philippe, the Royal Oak and Nautilus.
Vacheron their 222 was similar for Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, a radical breakaway from their traditional dress watches. Its design features consisted of a thin, tonneau shaped case with a notched round bezel and a tiny Maltese cross inlaid at 5 o’clock.
This Overseas bracelet is elegant, uniquely designed, and quite comfortable. It has a brushed and polished finish from its center link to its edge. Sharp brushing on the top side of the watch's tonneau-shaped case, which has polished sides, serves as sort of a canvas for the bezel's highly polished notched design. The bezel of this watch, which has a Maltese cross-inspired design, is optically matched by the delicate crown guards that protrude from the right side of the 35mm case body.
Its case is 7mm in height, and its sturdy screwed caseback helps to create an exceedingly slim profile. The caseback features the Maltese cross-like design alongside a relief picture of the Italian naval ship the Amerigo Vespucci,
The 222 was discontinued in the mid 1980s and followed by the 33 and Phidias. The design of these pieces did not stood the test of time like the 22 which nowadays has become a highly collectible reference.
In 1996 Vacheron Constantin came with a really successful sport watch which was highly influenced by the design of the 222. This was the Overseas. This model was first introduced as time only watch. Nowadays we call the Ref. 42040, 42042 and Ref. 42050, 42052 the first generation Overseas models. These piece were basically made in steel and yellow gold in the case size of mostly 37 and 35mm. Produced from 1996 to 2004 the 37mm Overseas was powered by the caliber 1310 (cal 1311), a COSC certified version of the ultra-flat automatic Girard-Perregaux 3100 featuring a quickset date, 150M water resistance and hacking seconds.
Ref. 42040 (37mm) and ref. 42050 (35mm) were the first to be produced. The reference number changed to ref. 42042 (37mm) and ref. 42052 (35mm) when the movement was upgraded from the caliber 1310 to the caliber 1311. Both case sizes share the same movement and we’ll look at this in detail later on.
This is a really fine looking Vacheron Constantin Overseas. This watch just came imported from Japan and has been serviced by our watchmaker It is a really nice watch that you can use as a daily wearer.
Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is noteworthy, both for its design and execution.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month WRIST ICONS warranty that will be invoked from the day of purchase. Please check our website to have a look at the high resolution pictures on a macro level. You will see every detail at its best.
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