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Vacheron Constantin Overseas

From overlooked oddity to one of the hottest sports models on Earth, the Overseas is Vacheron Constantin’s most popular collection by far.

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When Vacheron Constantin introduced the Overseas in 1996, it wasn’t a smash hit. Only gradually did it rise to prominence as one of the most desirable luxury sports watches on the market.

Vacheron Constantin is one of the world’s oldest watchmakers, with an uninterrupted history that dates back to 1755. While this renowned “Holy Trinity” brand is best known for its superb collection of high-end dress watches and complicated timepieces, Vacheron Constantin is also a significant player in the ultra-luxury sports watch category thanks to its popular collection of Overseas timepieces. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas made its debut in the 1990s but is actually based on a 1970s design. From the 222 to the 333 to the Phidias and finally to the Overseas, join us as we uncover the origins, evolution, and variety of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch collection.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 4500V/000R-B127
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 4500V/000R-B127

The Origins: Vacheron Constantin 222, 333, and Phidias

Vacheron Constantin 222

In 1977, the Vacheron Constantin 222 watch was introduced to honor the brand’s 222nd anniversary. Much like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus that came before it, the Vacheron 222 was a luxury sports watch with an unconventional tonneau-style case shape, distinctive bezel, and integrated bracelet. The monobloc case measured 37mm, and like the original Royal Oak and Nautilus, the 222 relied on an automatic movement that was based on Caliber Jaeger-LeCoultre 920, which could only be accessed via the dial. The integrated bracelet included hexagonal links and the whole design was very much in line with what was fashionable in high-end watches at the time.

Vacheron Constantin HISTORIQUES 222 Ref 4200H/222J-B935
Vacheron Constantin HISTORIQUES 222 Ref 4200H/222J-B935

However, unlike the offerings from AP and Patek, the Vacheron “Triple Two” was not designed by Gerald Genta; the 222 was conceived by Jorg Hysek (the same designer behind the Breguet Marine and TAG Heuer Kirium watches), who was only 24 years old at the time.

Along with the flagship “Jumbo” 37mm variant, Vacheron Constantin expanded the 222 collection to include 34mm midsize models, 25mm quartz versions, and 31mm square iterations. The references are as follows:

Vacheron Constantin 222 models:

ReferenceSizeModelMovement Type
4401837mmVacheron Constantin 222 “Jumbo”Automatic
4600334mmVacheron Constantin 222 (Midsize)Automatic
4600431mmVacheron Constantin 222 (Square)Automatic
600125mmVacheron Constantin 222 (Ladies’)Quartz
6070125mmVacheron Constantin 222 (Ladies’)Quartz
Vacheron Constantin 222 references

The collection was in production until about 1985 and it’s estimated that Vacheron only made 750 examples of the original VC 222 “Jumbo”: 500 in steel, 150 in gold, and 100 in two-tone steel/gold. However, in 2022, the brand revived the watch in the form of the Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques 222 to much success.

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Vacheron Constantin 333

In the mid-1980s, Vacheron introduced the 333 model, which retained some of the design traits of the 222, such as the hexagonal-linked integrated bracelet, and overall slim and sporty profile. However, Vacheron Constantin 333 dropped the notched bezel that was characteristic of the 222 and featured an octagonal-shaped case with prominent grooves at 3 and 9 o’clock. Furthermore, the date window was unconventionally placed at the 9 o’clock position. Available in 33mm and 23mm sizes, the Vacheron Constantin 333 was made in steel, gold, and two-tone variations (some diamond set models too) as well as in automatic or quartz editions.

Vacheron Constantin 333 models:

Reference #SizeModelMovement Type
4600733mmVacheron Constantin 333Automatic
7300133mmVacheron Constantin 333Quartz
6100223mmVacheron Constantin 333Quartz
Vacheron Constantin 333 references

The Vacheron Constantin 333 watch collection was eventually discontinued in the 1990s to make way for the Phidias as the brand’s sports watch option.

Vacheron Constantin Phidias

The 1990s saw the birth of the Vacheron Constantin Phidias watch, which was both an evolution and a mash-up of the 222 and 333 watches. The integrated bracelets remained but the center hexagonal links were replaced with rectangular ones. The Phidias sports a round case topped with a round bezel and Vacheron made it in various editions including time and date, chronograph, and GMT World Time.

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Aside from varying functions, the Phidias collection also housed several material, size, and movement options.

Vacheron Constantin Phidias models:

4801033mmVacheron Constantin Phidias
4702035mmVacheron Constantin Phidias
4802035mmVacheron Constantin Phidias
4900135mmVacheron Constantin Phidias Chronograph
4820035mmVacheron Constantin Phidias GMT World Time
Vacheron Constantin Phidias references

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Generation 1: 1996 – 2004

In 1996, Vacheron Constantin introduced the Overseas watch, inspired by many elements of the 222 from the 1970s. The watch included a Maltese Cross-inspired cut-out bezel on top of the tonneau-shaped case, as well as an integrated bracelet with straight center links (like the Phidias) and a time and date dial. Dials were available in five colors: white, blue, black, grey, and salmon. While most dials included faceted hour markers, there were also some dials with large Arabic numerals.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 4500V_110A-B483.jpg
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 4500V_110A-B483

Vacheron made the first generation of the Overseas in 37mm “Jumbo”, 35mm midsize, and 24mm ladies’ sizes, all available in steel or solid gold.

1st-Generation Vacheron Constantin Overseas Models

Reference #SizeModel
4204037mmJumbo Overseas (Caliber 1310)
4204237mmJumbo Overseas (Caliber 1311)
4205035mmMidsize Overseas (Caliber 1310)
4205235mmMidsize Overseas (Caliber 1311)
1605024mmLadies’ Overseas
First-generation Vacheron Constantin models

In 1999, the Overseas Chronograph ref. 49140 joined the lineup. The case was larger than the time/date version, measuring 40mm in diameter, while the dial was home to three sub-dials for the chronograph function, as well as a big date indicator right below 12 o’clock.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Generation 2: 2004 – 2016

In 2004, Vacheron Constantin introduced the second generation of the Overseas watch collection, featuring larger cases (42mm) without crown guards, redesigned bracelets with half Maltese cross-center links, new dials, and upgraded movements with soft-iron inner cages for anti-magnetic resistance.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 47040/B01A-9094
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch 47040/B01A-9094

Vacheron initially offered this generation of the Overseas in time/date and chronograph variants but also eventually added dual time models and perpetual calendars.

2nd-Generation Vacheron Constantin Overseas Models:

4704042mmVacheron Constantin Overseas
4915042mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
4745042.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
4902042.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar
2525034mmVacheron Constantin Quartz Ladies’ Overseas
2nd-Gen Vacheron Constantin reference numbers

The second generation of the Overseas was available in an assortment of materials, dial colors, and watch bands.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Generation 3: 2016 – Present

In 2016, Vacheron Constantin launched the third generation of the Overseas collection by introducing five new models across 12 references. Some design updates included a new bezel with six “spokes” rather than eight, new case sizes, new movements that bear the Hallmark of Geneva, and a new easy-fit system for a simple way to switch out straps.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Watch 5500V/110A-B481
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Watch 5500V/110A-B481

The first batch of the latest generation Overseas watches that were introduced in 2016 included the following:

2016 Vacheron Constantin Overseas releases:

5500V42.5 mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
4500V41mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding
2305V37mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Small (discontinued)
4300V41.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar
2000V40mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin (discontinued)
Vacheron Constantin Overseas models released in 2016

Vacheron Constantin has since expanded the collection with more models, materials, and complications.

Newest Vacheron Constantin Overseas models:

7700V43.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas World Time (discontinued)
2300V37mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Small (discontinued)
7900V41mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time
6000V42.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon
1205V33mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Lady Quartz
4000V41mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Moon Phase Retrograde Date
4605V35mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Diamond Self-Winding
4600V34.5mmVacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding
Vacheron Constantin Overseas models released after 2016

Although the Overseas is one of Vacheron Constantin’s youngest collections, it has quickly become the brand’s most popular, and the watches are typically valued above retail on the secondary market. Thanks to its wide assortment of complications, sizes, and materials, the Overseas collection offers plenty of options to suit a range of tastes.