http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/vacheron The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph matches the Rolex Daytona’s prestige play and raises the stakes with exclusivity, fine finish, and design detail the Rolex can’t touch. Now available from thewatchbox.com, the Overseas Chronograph represents “Holy Trinity” cachet and value in a Rolex-rivaling package. For many years, Vacheron was a peripheral player in the sports watch market. While occasional “sporty” VCs like the 1960s ref. 6782 ″T-bird” and ref. 222 of the 70s broke up the marathon march of dress watches, it wasn’t until the sports watch boom of the 1990s that Vacheron became serious about the sector. In 1996, VC launched the Overseas to compete lug-to-lug with Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak. 1999 witnessed the debut of an Overseas chronograph, and 2004 brought a 42mm case that tailored the Overseas to suit contemporary tastes for bolder styles and larger watches. From inception, it was clear that the Overseas would be exclusive piece. Compared to rivals Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, VC produces about half and one-third as many watches per year, respectively. In practice, the Overseas is even scarcer than the Nautilus and Royal Oak. While those watches have been on the market for decades, and many pre-owned models come to market alongside new versions, the strap-mounted 42 mm Overseas Chronograph featured here has been available only since 2010. The rich blue lacuqer dial of the Overseas Chronograph is where Vacheron Constantin declares intent to distinguish itself from the Daytonas of the world. A double-digital grand date display at 12 o’clock affords excellent legibility and a feature that the Daytona can’t match. Despite fifty years of history, the Rolex remains as dateless as the captain of your high school’s mathletics team. VC’s Overseas case may be a newcomer to the sports watch scene, but it’s well on its way to becoming a classic in its own right. The combination of a steel case and rich blue lacquer dial creates an impression of substance that eclipses the wrist presence of any Daytona. Thoughtful bezel faceting echoes the signature Vacheron “Maltese Cross” logo and adds to the impact of the Overseas Chronograph. Style with substance is the ultimate package, and the Overseas Chronograph delivers. While Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Chronograph is barely suited to the kiddie pool at 50 meters of resistance and Patek Philippe’s $60,000 Nautilus 5980 chronograph is rated to 120m, the Overseas Chrono boasts a 150-meter rating for peace of mind in the pool, ocean, or shower. The Overseas’ F. Piguet (now Manufacture Blancpain) chronograph engine is a gem and a fitting power plant for a watch like the Overseas. In practice, its pushers are crisp, and its action is smooth. Under the hood, the finish is executed to a standard that’s unmistakably Vacheron. Polishing, angling, and linear Côtes de Genève speak to the degree of effort that VC craftsmen invested in this watch. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is different. It’s a double-take watch that impresses at first glance and draws thoughtful questions upon the second. The next owner of this watch had better enjoy the attention, because he’s bound to become an unofficial Vacheron Constantin “brand ambassador” to his office. See it in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.