grandfather's watch

Hi All,

I was wondering if someone might be able to help me identify the model number of my grandfather's watch.  He passed away 15 years ago, and my grandmother passed away a few months ago.  We were looking through some things that are being passed down to the family, and this watch was included.  Apparently he had a Rolex that was given to my uncle right after he passed, but nobody thought this was worth much at the time.  I don't know much about watches, but was given a Speedmaster for my 30th birthday a few years ago, and I've learned enough to know that when a timepiece's movement is still beautifully chugging away after 15 years sitting in a basement, it's probably well made.  Sorry that the pictures aren't great.  All I can make out is "Vacheron Constantin" and "Geneve" on the top of the face and "Automatic" on the bottom.  The case seems to be gold, and the only marking on the back appears to be "31" on one edge.  The band is a cheap replacement (sadly).

I'm not looking for an appraisal (eventually I'm sure we'll have to go to someone for that), I'd just like a bit of help learning more about the watch and its history, and I'm not having much luck asking Google.  If anyone happens to know the model number and years it was made I'd greatly appreciate it.  


grandfather's watch

grandfather's watch
Re: grandfather's watch
11/29/2013 - 07:12
I'm realizing that the crap photos, lack of measurements, etc., will make this tough to identify.  No worries, if anyone can help with any info that would be fantastic, but otherwise I guess I'll just have to take it to someone.  
If real, that's quite a nice watch.
11/29/2013 - 10:15
I don't know the model number. However, it's probable that its movement is a Vacheron caliber 1072. You can use keyword searches for watches with that movement.'s database, as well as Google in general, may be a suitable place to look as its descriptions include movement calibers and it has pictures. If you stumble upon a watch that looks like yours, you will have useful information. Other than that, you will have to wait for advice from the experts.
quite a few VCs from the 1950s have this design, to be completely
11/29/2013 - 10:34
certain of the ref number can you please have a watchmaker open the caseback and give you the case and movement numbers?
This is indeed a classic VC design
11/29/2013 - 10:47
I advice you keep the watch and get it fixed by VC if you can. Well worth it. Cheers, Stan
Re: This is indeed a classic VC design
11/29/2013 - 22:13
Thanks for the responses.  I texted a friend about the situation, and he recommended heading over to see Bill Lind for an appraisal (I live in MA), so that's the plan for tomorrow morning.  I'll let you know how it turns out.
Re: grandfather's watch
11/30/2013 - 22:19
I brought the watch in today and we got the information needed for appraisal.  Bill took some quality pictures for me that I figured I'd share.
Bill's da man!!
12/02/2013 - 10:55
ref 6594 delivered to NY in Oct 1964 (nt)
12/02/2013 - 14:01