To celebrate the brand’s 222 anniversary, Vacheron presented the “Vacheron Constantin 222 Overseas replica watch”, designed by young Jorg Hysek.
The creation of the Royal Oak was followed by several other iconic high-end sport watches with integrated bracelet including the cult Patek Philippe Nautilus or the IWC Ingenieur Jumbo SL, both designed by Genta. Not to be outdone, Vacheron Constantin, the oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation (over 260 years), also introduced its luxury sport watch.
Like for Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, the vintage fake Vacheron Constantin 222 was a radical breakaway from their traditional dress watches.
Underneath the clean dial with ‘baton’ markers, Vacheron used the VC1120 caliber, based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920. Interestingly, this high-grade, trustworthy, ultra-flat automatic movement developed in the 1960s by Jaeger-Lecoultre was also used for the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. Sharing signature hallmarks of the “Genta” design, the 222 also included distinctive features: a thin, barrel shaped case with a notched round bezel and a tiny Maltese cross inlaid at 5 o’clock. Its one-piece construction was water resistant to 120m. Its complex integrated bracelet was shaped with large, hexagonal center links.
Its shape went through iterations including a square version. Produced in limited quantities, the 222 was discontinued in the mid-1980s. It has now soared in popularity to become a 1970s horological icon.
Within the sport offering of the brand, the 222 was followed by the 333 (sic), an octagonal case with integrated bracelet and then the Phidias, with round case and integrated bracelet proposed in different versions and with different functions such as chronograph or GMT indication by the mean of a rotating bezel.
The steel fake VC 222 was produced in different versions (37mm and 34 mm with automatic JLC based movements and 25mm with quartz movement) and materials (steel, gold and steel, and gold).