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Watch Reviews , Watch Videos Video: Functions and Care of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chrono

Sit down with Tim Mosso and learn about the different functions and care of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph. You’ll explore the ins and outs of the watch and movement as well as learn the proper execution for setting the watch, winding and servicing needs. View details of the Overseas Chronograph. Watch the video below!

Overseas chrono or 5500V/000R-B074

Functions and Care of the 5500V/000R-B074

Welcome to the world of Vacheron Constantin. Today, we’re discussing the usage and care of the Overseas Chronograph 5500V/000R-B074 in rose gold. This automatic winding watch can be wound manually by withdrawing the crown from it’s flush and fully threaded position.

Winding an Automatic Timepiece

From it’s first position turn it clockwise approximately 20 times. After this, the movement of the constant seconds hand as well as the beat of balance  through the exhibition case back will be visible. The watch can be further wound by relying on the natural movement of the the winding rotor atop the wrist or by continuing to wind the watch clockwise through the crown.

It is important to note that this timepiece cannot be accidentally over wound as the bridal style mainspring will simply slip as the watch reaches its full 54-hour power reserve.

Setting the Time and Date

Having set the watch to wind and run, you can set the time and date. In the second position, make sure the watch is not between the hours 8pm and 4am as this is the period the automatic date jumper is engaged.

Accidentally setting the date in this period can damage the mechanism. Once clear of the danger zone, turn the watch – crown in the second position – clockwise to deploy the quick-set date function. This is useful if the watch is to run down and stop or if the user encounters a month of irregular length.

In the outermost, final, setting position on the crown, continue to turn clockwise to set the watch to the desired time. Once the time has been set, it is important for water resistance as well as for secure measures against physical damages, to thread the crown completely into it’s sleeve and into the case.

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Water Resistance & Anti-Magnetic Qualities

Once flush, the crown and chronograph pushers entail 150m water resistance for this sports oriented timepiece. Vacheron Constantin approves 150m water resistant rated watches are suitable for swimming, bathing ans snorkeling. The water resistance can only be obtained by screwing the crown and chronograph pushers completely into the case. It is important to not unscrew the crown or pushers or use their functions if water is present on them or if the watch is submerged.

This can bypass the seals and introduce water into the interior of the watch. Should water be spotted within the dial or the movement through the exhibition caseback it’s critical the watch be taken immediately to a Vacheron Constantin authorized retailer or factory boutique for intervention to avoid mechanical and aesthetic damages. Vacheron Constantin further recommends annual testing of the water resistance of this an every timepiece to maintain factory standards.

Although the watch possesses robust anti-magnetic properties thanks to a soft iron ring around the movement, extreme magnetic fields such as those produced by imaging machines can magnetize the hairspring. Should this occur, it is important to take this watch to an authorized Vacheron Constantin repair center or factory boutique where specialized equipment is available to demagnetize the hairspring and restore proper chronometric performance of the watch.

Running the Chronograph

The watch is a chronograph with a vertical clutch engagement such that when engaged, there is no additional wear or tear on the movement. For those that prefer constant seconds in the center rather than subdial at 9, it is possible to leave the chronograph running.

The chronograph must always be actuated in sequence, starting with the pusher at 2 o’clock  which both starts and stops the chronograph action. The reset is exclusively after the chronograph has stopped by means of the pusher at 4 o’clock. Failing to stop the chronograph before resetting it can damage the mechanism.

Overseas chrono or 5500V/000R-B074

Interchangeable Straps

The third generation Vacheron Constantin Overseas is equipped with a quick release lug system, underneath the lugs in the form of a pull tab piece of hardware attached to the strap. By simply pulling the tab towards the thumb with a fingernail, the strap can easily be removed without the use of a jewelers tool.

This rose gold Overseas comes equipped with both the naturalized rubber strap and an identically dark brown alligator leather strap with the same quick release hardware. It is important to know that the leather should never be exposed to moisture and the watch should only be submerged when on a strap or bracelet (not included with the watch).

Servicing the Watch

It’s important the watch is serviced ever 3-4 years with an authorized Vacheron Constantin dealer, service center or at a factory boutique. Complicated watches such as this from Vacheron require this 3-4 year service interval to maintain their chronometer performance and prevent damage to the movement from overuse without proper lubrication.

Only authorized service centers have original factory parts, trained personnel and specialized equipment to preserve the aesthetic, mechanical and investment integrity of your timepiece. Only a factory authorized service center can offer a factory backed warranty on all work performed.

Learn more about this watch and care with Vacheron Constantin at: http://www.vacheron-constantin.com

About Tim Mosso
Tim Mosso is a lifelong watch enthusiast and historian. He is an active member of the online watch community and his passion for watches is second to none. As a self-proclaimed watch nut, he loves to bring his knowledge of horology across all different platforms.

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