Released in 1996, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas was, in effect, the revival of VC’s previously discontinued sports watch collection, the 222 - released to celebrate VC's 222nd anniversary. As the 222 was VC’s first foray into sports watches, designers Vincent Kaufmann and Dino Modolo sought to build upon that very same aesthetic with the Overseas and create a watch that could “weather any challenge [and] share your horizons”. The first iteration of the Overseas was produced from 1996 until 2004 and came in a tonneau-shaped case with a fluted bezel designed to evoke VC’s emblem, the Maltese cross. Combining its thin 9mm case with the Overseas’ other elegant dimensions, the Overseas exuded the very same refined proportions that Vacheron were, and still are so well known for while retaining a robust water-resistant stainless steel case and a strong integrated bracelet.
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$8,000 – $12,000
Watch is in overall near-mint condition, showing minor surface wear only. The dial is near-mint and shows no degredation or visible defects. The bracelet has little to no stretch, and 17 links graduated links, 7 of which are removable.
Unique in terms of its styling, the first generation of the Overseas closely followed the aesthetic code set out by the 222 collection while still improving utility and bringing a more modern sense of Vacheron's elegant design language to what was a robust and wholly functional sport watch.