Opinions on the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921?

I saw one in the flesh the other day, and while I've always been a lover of its design, I'm keen to see what everyone else thinks.

160 votes

It would be so much nicer if the damned dial was straight. As it is, it's a detestable and loathsome novelty eyesore unworthy of the name and of being produced.

I'd really like to hear from the person that wore this and didn't lose their mind. My head hurts looking at the photo. It shows that even esteemed makers are not above using silly gimmicks, and that even well-heeled customers are rubes for goofy stories even if it yields a worse item. You're not a biplane pilot or whatever the silly herp derp explanation is. The type of person that would wear this probably sleeps in a football helmet because they think it makes them Tom Brady. The nadir of stupidity.

I can just picture the nasally pencil-neck latching onto the second-least-appealing person at the party and saying "see, if you were operating a stick controlly thing, your arm would be angled sort of like this... no, like this... well, it made sense at the time. Pretty cool story, right? Right? Wait, come back!"

tl;dr - I hate it. Nice shape, stupid crooked dial.

UPDATE: wait, this is a driver watch, not some wannabe military history thing? Nice, a cabbie watch for people with cars that don't have clocks and are too rickety to steer with one hand for a few seconds. The Gruen Ristside was a better idea.

UPDATE AGAIN: Apparently I knew that this watch was a mototist thing a few years ago when it topped my list of watches I wouldn't wear. It just wasn't interesting enough for me to remember. And it's a bad idea.

PoorMansRolex

It would be so much nicer if the damned dial was straight. As it is, it's a detestable and loathsome novelty eyesore unworthy of the name and of being produced.

I'd really like to hear from the person that wore this and didn't lose their mind. My head hurts looking at the photo. It shows that even esteemed makers are not above using silly gimmicks, and that even well-heeled customers are rubes for goofy stories even if it yields a worse item. You're not a biplane pilot or whatever the silly herp derp explanation is. The type of person that would wear this probably sleeps in a football helmet because they think it makes them Tom Brady. The nadir of stupidity.

I can just picture the nasally pencil-neck latching onto the second-least-appealing person at the party and saying "see, if you were operating a stick controlly thing, your arm would be angled sort of like this... no, like this... well, it made sense at the time. Pretty cool story, right? Right? Wait, come back!"

tl;dr - I hate it. Nice shape, stupid crooked dial.

UPDATE: wait, this is a driver watch, not some wannabe military history thing? Nice, a cabbie watch for people with cars that don't have clocks and are too rickety to steer with one hand for a few seconds. The Gruen Ristside was a better idea.

UPDATE AGAIN: Apparently I knew that this watch was a mototist thing a few years ago when it topped my list of watches I wouldn't wear. It just wasn't interesting enough for me to remember. And it's a bad idea.

I probably have the opposite opinion馃ぃ馃ぃ

I love it, but deep down I know that it's a gimmick. To say that it isn't is plain idiotic. It's just a way to pretend you're someone from The Great Gatsby that owns a Duesenberg. Until I can afford one, my roaring 20s fantasies will remain unquenched...

I love both the shape and the dial! I鈥檓 not the type to get fussy about the ultimate functionality of my watch, if I was I鈥檇 just be wearing an Apple Watch (which I sometimes do). I鈥檓 in it for the romance, the story and the lore. Historiques American is something different, it pulls you in, it鈥檚 not just another submariner remake. Definitely a grail watch for me.

Tried one on when I was in London really liked it ,makes sense if your working at your desk,the quality was very high

I absolutely adore this watch. No reason why, just pure bliss.

Liked it enough to buy it and is my most expensive watch by a good margin. If you want a basic round watch you have plenty of choices, but I like things that look at the world a little differently.

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MarkHackman

Liked it enough to buy it and is my most expensive watch by a good margin. If you want a basic round watch you have plenty of choices, but I like things that look at the world a little differently.

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That's a beautiful piece! One certainly doesn't see many in the wild, or even online at that.

aerodynamic.milk

I love both the shape and the dial! I鈥檓 not the type to get fussy about the ultimate functionality of my watch, if I was I鈥檇 just be wearing an Apple Watch (which I sometimes do). I鈥檓 in it for the romance, the story and the lore. Historiques American is something different, it pulls you in, it鈥檚 not just another submariner remake. Definitely a grail watch for me.

It's one of my grails too. The rounded square case shape is super attractive to me.

Grail watch for sure. Especially the platine version with the platinum dial and case. The kind of watch that makes me want to work harder

I love it. My favorite Vacheron. I'm still considering on buying one

It鈥檚 perfect imo. Def a grail watch.

PoorMansRolex

It would be so much nicer if the damned dial was straight. As it is, it's a detestable and loathsome novelty eyesore unworthy of the name and of being produced.

I'd really like to hear from the person that wore this and didn't lose their mind. My head hurts looking at the photo. It shows that even esteemed makers are not above using silly gimmicks, and that even well-heeled customers are rubes for goofy stories even if it yields a worse item. You're not a biplane pilot or whatever the silly herp derp explanation is. The type of person that would wear this probably sleeps in a football helmet because they think it makes them Tom Brady. The nadir of stupidity.

I can just picture the nasally pencil-neck latching onto the second-least-appealing person at the party and saying "see, if you were operating a stick controlly thing, your arm would be angled sort of like this... no, like this... well, it made sense at the time. Pretty cool story, right? Right? Wait, come back!"

tl;dr - I hate it. Nice shape, stupid crooked dial.

UPDATE: wait, this is a driver watch, not some wannabe military history thing? Nice, a cabbie watch for people with cars that don't have clocks and are too rickety to steer with one hand for a few seconds. The Gruen Ristside was a better idea.

UPDATE AGAIN: Apparently I knew that this watch was a mototist thing a few years ago when it topped my list of watches I wouldn't wear. It just wasn't interesting enough for me to remember. And it's a bad idea.

Nice to have you back...

Love this watch

Pure class!