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How the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Watch Fell Into Favor

It used to be easy enough to stop by a retailer and pick up an Overseas sports watch. Not any more. 

A Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Ref. 5500V/110A-B148.

A Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Ref. 5500V/110A-B148.

Photographer: Justin Mastine-Frost

Not long ago, the current generation Vacheron Constantin Overseas was one of those watches that many called “underappreciated”—myself included. A classic steel sports watch with a distinct bezel design and vibrant sunbrushed dial, critics praised its lovely design, as well as its fantastic ergonomics and exceptional finishing on everything from its integrated bracelet down to the bevels on its movement bridges.

And shoppers found that if they wanted one, this watch was not difficult to acquire, at least from its launch in 2016 until about 18 months ago.