Vintage Sports Watches

Animated by a true pioneer spirit, Vacheron Constantin developed its connection with scientists, explorers, sportsmen and the astronomy observatories combining accuracy and technical sophistication. During the 19th century, Vacheron Constantin also became one of the leading watchmakers in the field of chronometry, with countless distinctions and awards from various observatories.


During the 1950’s the public demand for waterproof, robust sport watches became more important, as sport and travelling were becoming more popular. Known as the “Turnograph” but also nicknamed the “T-Bird”, referring to the very 1970’s design Ford Thunderbird. The bezel, turns in both directions – a patented winding mechanism with a ruby ball bearing and 18K gold oscillating weight – and has indications every 5 minutes, inspired by diving watches.

Royal Chronometer - 1976

The mid 1970's proved to be a moment of disruption in watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin launched in this context its Royal Chronometer model Reference 2215. A sport chronometer with metal integrated bracelet. Royal Chronometer models are considered among the Maison’s finest watches of the era and was available in two different dial colors, silvered and black.

The 222 - 1977

Launched in 1977 as a celebration of the Maison’s 222nd  anniversary, over the past 40 it has become one of the most recognisable Vacheron Constantin timepieces. The Collection codenamed 222,  distinguished by a monobloc case on an integrated bracelet features a porthole-style screw-held bezel providing resistance in harsh environments. Furthermore the bezel is screwed directly onto the case-back; a construction which provides the waterproofness of entire the watch to 12 ATM (≈120 meters).

The 333 - 1988

The 1980s saw the introduction of a design more in keeping with the era: the 333. An octagonal shaped case with an integrated bracelet (quite similar to that of the 222).  The model was available in either steel, gold or steel & gold.


Towards the end of the 1980s came a newer incarnation of the sports watch at Vacheron Constantin. Phidias was considered a chic-sports collection and represented in various combinations of complication (Royal Chronometer, WorldTime, Chronograph) and metal (white or yellow gold or steel & gold).


Reference 42040 was the first model in the emblematic Overseas collection, launched in 1996 and inspired by the notion of travelling. Built for everyday style, the case is composed of three main parts, secured to the frame by a total of sixteen screws. The shape of the bezel is a reminder of Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross symbol and the geometrical lines of earlier screw-down bezels such as the one on the 222 collection. In 2004, Vacheron Constantin presented a more robust version of the Overseas line with a sportier look. 

Overseas perpetual calendar chronograph - 2012

With the present generation 2 Overseas perpetual calendar chronograph Vacheron Constantin housed a multi complication in the Overseas case for the first time creating a timepiece of striking beauty. Presented in 2012 the present model was made in very low numbers for only four short years. This model is a potent mix of design, muscle and elegance representing the best of Vacheron Constantin’s technical and design prowess in stainless steel and titanium.