The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph replica watch however can certainly be considered as VC’s answer to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus which were both designed by Genta.
There is more to the Overseas Chronograph than at first meets the eye. Cleverly, the subtle cutaway shapes on the bezel have been designed to reflect the manufacture’s insignia of a Maltese Cross. On the case back there is the image of a sailing ship, denoting, as the name implies, overseas travel. Vacheron Constantin describe the collection as “An invitation to travel. The sleek, sporty Overseas line is intended for all those who love complications that are useful in everyday life.”
It was designed by another legend of Swiss watch design, Jorg Hysek.There is an elite clutch of watches which have stood the test of time in terms of what can be classed as classic sports/dress watches, and the late Gerald Genta designed two of the most famous models still in production today, but he did not, as some believe, design the blue fake Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph watch, which was introduced shortly before the 222 went out of production.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph comes in various metals and with the usual run through of complications, including dual time, a perpetual calendar, chronograph and automatic date. Each of these also have a handful of different models to choose from so there is plenty of choice in this collection. A personal favourite is the Overseas Chronograph Ref: 49150/B01R-9454 which comes in 18k pink gold with a silvered dial.
It’s possible to get them for less, but your first port of call should always be an authorised Vacheron Constantin dealer. You can compare the Overseas Chronograph with Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore to decide which suits you best. All being exquisite examples of their kind it would definitely be a tough choice make.
These three models from three of the most respected names in watches have all become what people love to call ‘iconic’, although it’s probably fair to say that of the three the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is the least well known to mainstream collectors. That should not detract from the fact that it is a beautiful watch that oozes class. If James Bond were not wearing an Omega Planet Ocean, he could just as easily slip this undeniably elegant Vacheron Constantin copy watch on his wrist.