A quick round up of news and the rumour mill.

OVERSEAS 2300V DISCONTINUED

What has now become old news, but worth documenting, is that the blue dial Overseas 2300V I was so in love with has been discontinued. We picked up this news from multiple potential buyers on our Facebook group over the last few months. While I can imagine it will have played second fiddle to the full size 4500V model it is curious that such a watch be discontinued given that the blue-dial madness continues in the market.

I reviewed this model here and while I too picked the larger size watch in the end; it is a shame that the smaller wristed potential buyers lose out on such an option. Will it go up in value? I’m not so sure, but certainly worth hanging on to if you’re in love with it!

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IS THE HISTORIQUES 1942 DUE FOR DISCONTINUATION?

I’ve had a number of reports that the supply of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 1942 supply is drying up, and if you’re thinking of picking one up, now might be the time to do so.

Many who know me have heard that I strongly considered this watch instead of the Overseas at the time and the only reason it lost out was I was looking for a daily wear watch, and it wasn’t water resistant enough. It packs a hell of a punch as a watch though, and as a former GPHG winner that sports the beautiful 4400 QCL movement (at a great price) it should be on your radar.

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LIMITED EDITION 4500V RUBBER STRAPS

I had spotted that @Kingflum on Instagram was sporting a great looking orange rubber strap on his blue dial Overseas 4500V. However by the time we caught wind in the Facebook group that there was a selection of colours for rubber straps being released, it turns out that the orange, and beige coloured straps were all limited editions and had already sold out at boutiques! This certainly raised eyebrows in the community at such a short-sighted decision by Vacheron Constantin!

One of the big selling points of the Overseas is the ability to use the rubber strap, leather or bracelet options in the box upon purchasing. However, the watches’ biggest Achilles Heel is that owners are locked in to that strap system and many will find it incredibly frustrating that options are so restrictive.

Let’s hope Vacheron decide to release some more options that are not so limited.

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WAIT LISTS FOR THE 4500V OVERSEAS GROW LARGER

I recently put my friend in touch with the London boutique as he wanted to pick up a blue dial 4500V and the whole Overseas line is now unavailable in store, even to try on. Waiting times now stretch into 2 years for the blue dial but the black/silver models are becoming increasingly difficult to apply for. I’d expect the price on second hand markets to keep rising and in the last few days, the first blue dial 4500V appeared on Watchfinder at the princely sum of circa £33,000. A authorised dealer in the north of England did however note that they were being small allocations (less than 10) per year of each watch – but the blue dial was for sale which seems to confirm that the blue dial 4500V is not strictly a boutique-only model.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE OVERSEAS LINE?

We’re unlikely to see the green dial Overseas that was doing the rounds back in April, however I have heard from a number of sources that we could see another chronograph this year – in the form of a silver dial with black registers (panda dial). Let’s wait and see if this rumour holds any water! I’m sure it will look great if this is the case, but it’ll definitely be a tough choice for me between the panda dial, and the existing reverse panda version available today.

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HISTORIQUES 1921 SMALL MODEL GAINS TRACTION

We have been treated to some fantastic coverage of the 100th anniversary of the American 1921 recently. It’s an amazing watch that is still right up at the top of my list of future purposes (despite my previous frustration at the pricing delta between the Traditionelle 82172 – which is essentially/materially the same watch at half the cost!).

What’s been especially interesting though is the coverage of the smaller model. We finally see the focus and spotlight, such as this article on Hodinkee on the 36.5mm model which is much more in keeping with the original in terms of size. Once this pandemic softens slightly I shall endeavour to get hands on with both models and report back!

I had also noted that there was a complete lack of these models showing up on Chrono24. These watches may be in short supply at dealers, and/or these watches are being held back from the grey market.

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