Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watch brand in the world. They have a great history and have been making high-end timepieces since 1755. That’s 150 years longer than Rolex (since 1905) which gives you some context as to how old. Is Vacheron Constantin better than Rolex? They constitute a one-third part of the “holy trinity” of watchmaking brands and are in a league of their own, compared to Rolex, they are untouchable.
Rolex, on the other hand, is the largest manufacturer of luxury watches in the world and cranks out an estimated 2,000 watches per day. Does Rolex’s production output compensate for Vacheron Constantin’s 150-year head start and prestigious status? No, and the fact that Rolex produces excellent watches that your average layman aspires to own can be attributed to their brilliant marketing over the years.
The one thing that is for certain is that both brands produce unbelievably well-made watches. While Rolex watches are the most famous luxury watch brand in the world today, Vacheron Constantin has some special credentials to call their own. Aside from being the oldest watch manufacturer in the world, and one of the “BIG 3”, they also produced the most complicated watch in the world, the double-dialed VC 57260 with an outstanding 57 complications. It has a value which is estimated at $8M.
Vacheron Constantin or Rolex
Who makes better watches?
When buying a new timepiece, there are features, specifications, and characteristics which you value in a watch, and oftentimes they may be different than what someone else finds most important.
In short, they both do. For some, Vacheron makes better watches because they may be looking for a high complication watch. For others, Rolex makes better watches because they are looking for watches with the maximum resale value, a watch with a tough build that can be worn every day, or a watch that everyone will recognize as a luxurious brand.
Start by asking yourself the real question: “What qualities am I looking for in a watch?”
Which Watch Brand is Better: Vacheron Constantin or Rolex?
Regarding brand recognition, VC isn’t nearly as world-famous as Rolex. The average layman wouldn’t know about Vacheron Constantin the way they would know about Rolex watches. Nonetheless, they are still high up there in the top 50 Swiss brands. Rolex is the most recognized brand of Swiss Watches in the world. Vacheron is #15 on the list of the most recognized Swiss watch brands.
In terms of straight-up horology know-how, the answer looks like it’s leaning towards Vacheron Constantin. Why is Vacheron Constantin so expensive? Simply because the extra 150 years of experience that they have over Rolex puts VC in the category of Haute Horlogerie / High Horology (watches with very high complications).
Does Vacheron Constantin hold value? Yes but for the sake of this comparison, in terms of brand recognition and resale value, they aren’t the better of the two brands in terms of holding value. However, Vacheron does, on average, hold its value better than most brands besides Rolex and Patek Philippe. They are the next tier down in terms of resale. Rolex produces many very well made, prestigious watches that hold their resale value (on average) more than any other brand. So as you can see they are both special watches in their own way.