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Vacheron Constantin Overseas | 42040 | Steel

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Basic Info

Listing code CC4YW0
Brand Vacheron Constantin
Model Overseas
Reference number Overseas | 42040 | Steel
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year of production 2000 (Approximation)
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original box, original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London


Movement Automatic
Movement/Caliber mechanical self-winding Caliber 1310
Base caliber Girard Perregaux calibre 3100 based ébauche
Power reserve 46 h
Number of jewels 27


Case material Steel
Case diameter 37 mm
Bezel material Steel
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Blue
Dial numerals No numerals


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Steel
Clasp Double-fold clasp
Clasp material Steel




Central seconds, Screw-Down Crown


Released in 1996, this Vacheron Constantin Overseas represents the manufacture's modern take on the luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet. Building on the legacy of the 222, introduced in 1977, it combines a notched bezel, integrated bracelet, and minimalistic, almost industrial appearance.

The Successor of the 222:

In 1977, Vacheron Constantin introduced the reference 222, as a way to mark the brand’s 222nd anniversary. The design – with its integrated bracelet and notched bezel – firmly diverged from the brand’s existing focus on dress watches, and marked a new era of luxury stainless steel sports watches.

Despite being the last to be introduced in the integrated steel sports watch movement, the 222 offered a true competitor to the two other members of the so-called “Holy Trinity” of watchmaking, namely the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Building on the success of the 222, the first Overseas watch was introduced in 1996, as the more contemporary interpretation of the original 222 design. As a direct descendant of the design from 1977, all pieces in the Overseas collection maintain several classic design features, such as the notched bezel, integrated bracelet, and minimalistic, almost industrial look.

The Overseas Collection:

The original Overseas collection was designed by a team that included Dino Modolo, an external watch designer, and Vacheron Constantin’s Vincent Kaufmann. Initially offered in 37mm, 35mm, and 24mm, this particular example represents the largest version of the original Overseas design, powered by an automatic movement. Produced for a brief period from 1996 to 2004, the original Overseas collection represents Vacheron Constantin’s take on the contemporary, integrated steel sports watch. 

The Overseas’ history doesn’t end there. From 2004 onwards, the Overseas collection has continued to flourish, and stands out as the canvas on which Vacheron Constantin experiments with bolder designs. Notably, they recently introduced a perpetual calendar into the angular case, including a skeletonised version with blue accents.

The Design:

The dial of this Vacheron Overseas is a deep navy blue, providing a welcome contrast to the lighter, white-gold hands and index markers. Unlike with the 222, the Maltese cross motif is not featured on the right-hand corner of the case, but is given a prominent position at the 12 o’clock marker on the dial itself.

With this example, the index-markers and hands are manufactured from white gold, as indicated by the “σ SWISS MADE σ” signature at the bottom of the dial. The “σ” symbol, for sigma in Greek, was used as a visual declaration of the use of precious materials on the dial side. It was adopted by a number of manufactures from the ’70s onwards, emphasising the inherent value of a high-quality, mechanical watches.

This reference 42040 also features a bold stainless-steel case with broad shoulders and an integrated steel bracelet. The polished bezel, bracelet edges and case side contrast beautifully with the brushed surface of the case and bracelet, reminiscent of the interplay in texture found on the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. The bezel has a notched profile, an homage to the shape of a Maltese Cross, the emblem of Vacheron Constantin. The crown guards on the right-hand side of the case extend the lines of the bezel, reminiscent of the "ears" on both sides of the Nautilus case.

Due to the unique shape of the Overseas, it may seem larger on the wrist than one might originally assume. Yet, thanks to its slim profile and bracelet, it manages to avoid overwhelming the wrist entirely. The caseback displays the Amerigo Vespucci three-masted ship, hinting at the maritime connotations of the Overseas collection.

The Movement:

This Vacheron Constantin Overseas ref. 42040 is powered by the Vacheron Constantin calibre 1310, which was based off the Girard Perregaux calibre 3100 based ébauche. The calibre 1310 is automatic, and the 27-jewel movement includes a quick-set date function and 46 hours power reserve.

The Set:

This Vacheron Constantin Overseas ref. 42040 is accompanied by its outer box, inner box, International Warranty, Certificate of Origin and Guarantee Certificate (with case number filled out, matching the watch), manual and World Service leaflet.

If sold within the United Kingdom, this Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch will be subject to 20% VAT.

This Vacheron Constantin ref. 42040 is preserved in very good condition. The case and bracelet are nicely finished, with beveled and polished surfaces. There are a few superficial marks throughout, consistent with light wear over time. Fine grazing can be seen on the crown, beside the Maltese cross (as seen in the product photography). Light oxidisation has occurred at the point of each applied indices (also captured on the macro photography of the dial).

Both the case and bracelet are original to the watch, with appropriately corresponding references on the case to the paperwork.

The 1310 calibre movement of this 42040 comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance, to everyone at A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.

Our pre-owned watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by either a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. This excludes any damage sustained due to improper use or accident. Due to their age, some pre-owned watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when new.

We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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