The Nautilus and Aquanaut chronographs shirt that record, flanked by the Royal Oak naturally, and also given the rising demand and continuously rising costs of this steel Rolex watch Daytona, in addition, it earns a place in the group. Its layout and implementation from dial to buckle are unique, its own aesthetics thoughtful and unique; yet somehow it developed the exact same clout as others where it competes.
For those who have value in mind, who would like to get a well-made watch that's not as likely to be seen at the wild, you are in luck, as preexisting examples of this Overseas -- notably the prior benchmark 49150 that started in 2004 -- appear to be selling in the $10-$13k range. In contrast, the non-Offshore Royal Oak Chronographs will put you back $18k, and we will not even get to just how (or why) Nautilus Chronographs can not be obtained under $75k nowadays. This tale is for another event.
What exactly makes the Overseas Chrono so unique? Before we reach its innards, there is quite a great deal to love aesthetically. The polishing of its own bezel is well complemented with the knurling and polishing onto its own screw-down crown and screw down pushers, which can be in contrast to the brushed end of their forward facing surfaces of its own case and bracelet.
Discussing of its own bracelet -- to the day, the Overseas bracelet is among my favorites on the market. Its connections are shaped just like half the Maltese cross (that will be Vacheron's watch brand emblem ), and utilize conspicuous bevels to make striking reflective angles on which could otherwise be a reversed variation of this Rolex Oyster bracelet. In the most recent version, a micro alteration is fitted to its grip, though this is not true with this ref. 49150. It is generally agreed throughout the board that the incorporated bracelet around the Overseas Chronograph is among the more comfortable on the market.
49150 is just another talking point that supplies the watch further allure. Looking carefully at the 3 dimensional feel, the pattern-work is not far from the traditional,"clou de paris" guilloche pattern, even more elaborate in implementation.
Its sub-dials are brightly beneath this textured surface coating, and aren't equal in proportion. Initially this detail attracted me.
The Caliber 1137 that beats off within the Overseas Chronograph was made specifically for, and utilized solely from the design in question. It's founded on a motion from Frédéric Piguet, especially the 1185, that strangely enough is also the foundation of this Audemars Piguet caliber AP 2385, located from the Royal Oak chronograph by this watch right competes.
In Vacheron's watch implementation, we see the inclusion of a sizable double-disc date signal flanking the sub-dials for jogging seconds, chronograph moments, and chronograph hours. The motion is fantastic for a 40-hour energy book, which is not massive, but remains at least competitive with the majority of others in the section from this age. Regrettably, in this iteration, the grade is concealed behind a good caseback, unlike the most recent Overseas which changed to a screen back.
In the Long Run
Throughout its manufacturing run this edition of this Overseas emerged in a small number of dial versions such as black, white, slate gray, and a eccentric silver variant having darker sub-dials and red chronograph hands. As for me, I lean towards the white and black versions, since they are the only ones who have this type of guilloche dial; nonetheless the blue and black background versions have a particular degree of appeal.
Adding to its general flexibility, leather and rubber straps were also provided together with the Overseas. In an perfect world, you would wish to track a bit that's available with all three, even though more realistically picking up a watch fitted using the bracelet then obtaining the straps out of HQ are the thing to do. Using its 150m water immunity, an Overseas Chrono on rubber band is the best go-anywhere traveling watch, and with an AP or even Patek, it is less evident to random passersby, if you are traveling in less-secure areas/conditions.
In the conclusion of the afternoon, the aesthetics of this Overseas will sing to you or turn you off into the item completely. But if the situation turn out since the prior, I would absolutely encourage having a peek at one. It is a fantastic value considering its complicated implementation, and it easily keeps up with its notorious (and pricey ) competition.