Mr_Nice_Watch writes: In 2016, Vacheron Constantin introduced their new “luxury sports watch.” The Overseas collection has grown to include a chronograph, a dual timer, a world timer, an ultra thin, a perpetual calendar ultra-thin, a Tourbillon and quartz watches. That’s 32 models in all. The time-only Vacheron Constantin Overseas is the simplest version and it’s a real beauty . . .
Last week I was finally able to put my hands on the time-only Overseas (Ref.: 4500V) with a blue dial. It comes complete with a 41mm stainless steel case and an integrated stainless steel bracelet.
The models’s third generation is a bit rounder and thinner than its predecessors, making it even more elegant. The bezel features six notches resembling the Maltese cross, Vacheron Constantin’s logo.
The VCO’s case and bracelet’s finishing is outstanding. Looking closely, you can’t help but be impressed by the alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces. I would go as far as to say that the finishing on the VC Overseas is even better than that of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
The Overseas comes with two additional straps: a dark blue leather alligator Mississippiensis and a rubber strap. Thanks to a refined quick-change system, the straps and bracelet can be interchanged within seconds.
Each of them alters the watch’s appearance completely – from steely machismo to leather-bound elegance to sporty practicality. Although the VCO’s water resistance is only 50 meters (164 feet), it’s swim-compatible. Which means the Vacheron Constantin really is three watches in one.
The Overseas features a beautifully finished in-house movement. The slow-beating (28800 v.p.h.) 37-jewel caliber 5100 has a power reserve of 60 hours. It’s manufactured according to the Geneva Seal, guaranteeing that the movement’s finishing and decoration are to the highest standard. Viewing it through the sapphire caseback is a true pleasure.
I resisted the urge to add the Vacheron Constantin Overseas to my collection. But it’s one of those watches that lingers in the mind as I continue my eternal quest for horological perfection. In other words, it’s on the back burner. Watch this space.