Vacheron Constantin Overseas Guide

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is having a moment. When the brand launched the reinvented collection in 2016, critics praised its timeless design, whose distinct bezel shape and excellent ergonomics provided a good alternative to the Royal Oak or the Nautilus.

Unlike its contemporaries, it was more of a discreet choice and is relatively easier to source – until about four years later.

Today, the Overseas has gained a surge in popularity, fueled in part by influencers, the constant demand for sports watches, and a cultural moment in HBO’s Succession. Here is a simplified guide to the Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection:

 

Overseas Chronograph Ref. 5500V/110A

 

Short But Storied History

The Overseas was introduced in 1996 after the Vendôme Luxury group acquired Vacheron Constantin. Designed by Vincent Kaufmann and Dino Modolo, this watch aims to satisfy jet-setters with a penchant for casual yet elegant pieces. A tonneau-shaped case and a Maltese Cross-shaped fluted bezel serve as its hallmark traits.

 

Overseas Dual-Time Ref. 7900V/110A-B334

 

The Overseas is built in the mold of the Vacheron Constantin Ref. 222 from the late 1970s. Created by Jörg Hysek, the 222 was launched to commemorate the brand’s 222nd anniversary and is one of the brand’s first attempts at making a luxury sports watch. The vintage piece is also Vacheron’s take on integrated bracelets, which were becoming the industry norm at that time.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Collection

The most recent revamp of the Overseas in 2016 gave the watch a streamlined look while retaining all of its distinguishing elements. The new edition measures 41mm from 42mm and has a svelte 11 mm height.

 

Overseas Chronograph Ref. 49150

 

Additionally, their bezels have six notches from the previous eight, and a refined layout that reaches the case rim. Moreover, they now come with in-house calibers and an advanced interchangeable bracelet and strap system.

Today, the Overseas range is composed of five main sub-collections – the Time-And-Date, Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, World Time, and Dual-Time.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding (Time Only)

The Overseas Self-Winding is best suited for active lifestyles with its 41mm case. Versatility is well-expressed through the silver, blue, or brown sunburst dials, while the steel and rose gold finishes provide a youthful touch. Vacheron added a date window and applied baton indices and hands, making the watch more functional.

 

Overseas Self-Winding Ref. 4500V

 

Aside from gracing the bezel, the Maltese Cross also subtly appears in the bracelet links. The time-only design is made more remarkable with the addition of the Caliber 5100 with a 60-hour power reserve and interchangeable straps made of alligator leather, rubber, steel and rose gold.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

Next, we have the Overseas Chronograph, equipped with a chronograph function that measures periods of time up to 12 hours. This watch is also offered in steel and rose gold and either blue, brown, gray, or silver dials, with a larger 42.5mm size.

 

Overseas Chronograph Ref. 5500V/110A-B148

 

The watch has three counters – 30 minute sub-dial at the 3 o’clock aperture, small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and 12 hour sub-dial at 9 o’clock – along with a date window at 4:30. The slim hour markers make for a sleek look, and inside, the Caliber 5200 offers a 52-hour power reserve.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual-Time

Well-loved by frequent travelers, the Overseas Dual Time comes in a choice of steel and rose gold, measuring about 41mm. It also runs on a Caliber 5110 DT, with nearly 3 days of power reserve.

 

Overseas Dual-Time Ref. 7900V/110A

 

Rather than using a GMT bezel, the second time zone is displayed via the triangular-tipped fourth hand, while the local time is shown via the central hand. A day and night indicator at 9 displays the AM and PM, while the sub-dial at 6 acts as the date display.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

Another edition perfect for globetrotters is the Overseas World Time. Instead of showing 24 time zones at once, this watch exceeds expectations by displaying 37 time zones, accounting for those offset by 15 or 30 minutes.

 

Overseas World Time Ref. 7700V/110A-B172

 

Unlike the previous models, this watch is available only in a 43.5mm steel case, furnished with a blue dial. In addition to the day-night indicator, there’s also the multifunctional crown that allows you to adjust the watch’s settings and the Caliber 2460WT/1 running at its core.

 


 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar

Lastly, we have the Overseas Perpetual Calendar – an Haute Horlogerie masterpiece that combines fine watchmaking with a sporty appeal. It is available in white and rose gold configurations and features a 41.5mm casing.

 

Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ref. 49020

 

Thanks to its Caliber 1120 QP/1, the date, day, month, moon phase, and leap year indicators will stay accurate until 2100. Rather than a full sub-dial, this model’s moonphase is shown using a half-circle with a star-studded sky and two gold moons that complement the calendar.

 


 

With the Overseas’ modern appeal and a wide assortment of designs, Vacheron Constantin succeeds in creating a covetable line of high-end sports watches. Explore our selection of Vacheron Constantin Overseas watches at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

 

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