Vacheron Constantin Overseas: A design classic in the making?

By Montredo in Lifestyle
December 11, 2020
Vacheron Constantin Overseas: A design classic in the making?

Vacheron Constantin may be renowned for its high-end dress watches and ultra-complicated timepieces, yet the oldest watch manufacturer in history also boasts a fantastic sports watch model. Introduced in the 1990s but based on a design from the 1970s, the Overseas has become one of the most iconic ultra-luxurious sports watches in the modern era.

A brief history of the Overseas

In 1977, Vacheron Constantin debuted the 222 watch in honor of the brand’s 222nd anniversary. Similar to the Royal Oak and the Nautilus from Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe – the two other members of the Holy Trinity of Swiss Watchmaking – the 222 sports watch by Vacheron Constantin also featured a strong case silhouette, a distinct bezel, a straightforward dial, and an integrated bracelet.

Vacheron Constantin 222
Only 120 pieces were made in two-tone steel and gold. © A Collected Man

In 1996, Vacheron Constantin took the design blueprint of the 222, modified it for contemporary tastes, and called the then-new watch the Overseas. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas was positioned as a sophisticated luxury sports watch for the jet set. 

Evolution of the Overseas

In less than 25 years, Vacheron Constantin has released three generations of the Overseas, with the newest iteration debuting in 2016. Despite the enhancements, the Overseas has always maintained its signature Maltese cross-inspired bezel, angular case, and more often than not, integrated bracelet. However, the newest versions feature the easy-fit system, which makes switching out bracelets for rubber straps or leather bands a breeze.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon
Peripheral winding and a tourbillon: The nifty Ref. 6000V/110A-B544.

In true Vacheron Constantin fashion, the Overseas lineup is an expansive one with a variety of materials, sizes, and complications. From stainless steel time and date models to two-tone chronographs to 18k pink gold perpetual calendars, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection has plenty to choose from.

Final verdict

Although the Overseas is one of the youngest watches in Vacheron Constantin’s 265-year history, the combination of sporty design touches, impeccable quality, and impressive mechanical movements has paved the way for its quick rise to iconic watch status. 

About the author

Celine Simon
Celine is a freelance luxury watch writer who has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland – the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal to Geneva to Dubai, Celine has lived all over the world but now calls the beaches of Southern California home.

Previous comments (5)

  1. I’d take the 37mm version over a Nautilus (let alone a Royal Oak) any day of the week!
    It’s what separates cloud rappers from people in the know…

    August 19, 2020
  2. One word: goals! I’ve been eyeing it for over a year now, one day it will be mine.

    August 25, 2020
  3. Terribly underrated watch collection imho.

    September 9, 2020
  4. Never understood why VC isn’t hyped like other similarly prices competitors.
    Arguably the better watches at a more compelling price point and (from my POV) some of the classiest design out there..

    September 22, 2020
  5. A re-issue of the 222 would be rad! Just imagine the demand going through the roof.

    December 14, 2020