A month or so I bought this timepiece from another forum. I wasn't expecting the joy that it would bring, it holds great time, averaging around -10 to +10 a day and I haven't had to adjust the time since I started wearing it about 2 weeks ago :) This is my first Vacheron & Constantin and the brand was more of a "grail" addition for me, I never though a VC would join my collection. I've been fortunate to have a couple Omegas and other pieces, but this Vacheron holds a special place.
The Vacheron & Constantin Ref. 7813 is in 18k Gold and my example was produced in 1970. It has the Vacheron & Constantin K1014 movement which through some research is a JLC produced movement (it looks like a Jaeger LeCoultre 818 to me) I understand that Vacheron finished up these movements and refined them? I've read a couple discussions back and forth, some praising the movement, while others debate whether it can compare to the 1001, 1002, 1003 line. Although I've never handled these other VC movements, I am really happy with the K1014 that I've received in this watch, it's 'heartbeat' ticks beautifully and keeps great time, if this is a 'good' example and the 1001 to 1003 are superior, I can't wait to handle and see one of these pieces "in the flesh" so to speak :)
I have a couple questions, my first is on amount produced in a specific dial color, was Vacheron still producing a limited run of dials per year in 1970? I've read on other forums that only a specific number in the various colors were produced each year, until about the mid 1970s.
Was the reference 7813 introduced in 1970, or prior? I know that the K1014 came out around the 1970s but I havn't had the luck in finding an exact date for either.
Many thanks to Alex and also to Vacheron Constantin :) they were very helpful in determing the watch's date to 1970 :) and I'm looking forward to ordering a "Extract from the Archive" soon to figure out the exact date and some further details. Hopefully in the years to come, I'll be expanding my collection with more Vacheron & Constantin pieces.