Why is the Overseas collection so special?

Vacheron Constantin is an expert in different styles of watches. If Traditionnelle is about tradition and classics, then Overseas is about sporty charisma. And the beautiful part is that the sports style in the Overseas watches does not refer to the modern sports temperament, but to that of the 70s. If you know anything about the history of watches, you probably know that Nautilus and Royal Oak completely captured the public in those years. And at that time, the appearance of Overseas models somehow remained in the shadows. But not for long.

Vacheron Constantin is the artist who sits quietly and waits for his moment. So, the appearance of the first Overseas did not trigger immediate reactions and ovations. It is possible that the reason was that the first member of the collection was not massively advertised. On the contrary, Vacheron Constantin created it to celebrate its 222 years of history. Matter-of-factly, the first model was not even promoted as “Overseas”. Initially, the first model was called “222” and only later was included in the Overseas family.

For the first member of the collection, the manufacturer opted for a tonneau-shaped case with an integrated bracelet. The bezel had a gear-like architecture, very gorgeous and slim hands, along with applied baton hour markers. The dial of the first member was clean and had a gorgeous date complication at 3 o’clock. That was all it took to build the foundation of what was to become a fundamental collection. Today, those who want an authentic Overseas watch have to wait years on waiting lists. Why would that be?

The evolution of Overseas watches

Vacheron Constantin iterated the 222 several times in the years that followed. But the biggest reinvention of the collection took place in 2016 when the collection acquired a strong charisma of adventure and travel. The manufacturer has invested in the collection everything he knows about comfort and elegance. The watches from the collection are true allies for daily activities and challenges. Just like Vacheron Constantin knows how to do things right, he added the convenience of exchanging the system from the bracelet to the strap, which makes these watches extremely versatile and modern.

Slowly but surely, the manufacturer advanced in a field little known to it, namely that of retrograde display integration. Thus, the Moonphase line of the Overseas collection saw the first integrated retrograde display. As a result, the audience discovered the amazingly harmonious combination between a sporty casing and 2 purely classical functions. These functions refer to the precision moon phase and retrograde date. Pure horological poetry, don’t you find?


Modern Overseas watches come in a wide variety of materials. These include steel or precious metal, as well as rubber and leather straps. Moreover, these horological works of art come in a wide range of functions perfectly suited for any circumstance. Their sporty temperament, as well as the aesthetics of the elegant details, raise the perception of watches to a higher level.

If there is a Vacheron Constantin Overseas that has stolen your heart, let us show you our replica version. We think you will be highly content with the quality of our imitations which are extremely close to the authentic legendary models.

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