I am so pleased for you , Joseph. You know, when you hinted the other day about your latest acquisition, I had a sbneaking suspicion that you might havbe caught one of these CRs from the fifities. And this looks to be a beautiful example!
I am afraid you have been reading my mind again, Joseph, as I have been for some time hunting a CR from this period with the 1008BS caliber and I am not having the luck you have had thus far. :-(
Regarding your estimate on when VC began using the Maltese lugs on the CRs, I came across a ref. 6111 with those lugs manufactured in 1957.
Now I could use some help from you and the other Chronometre Royal experts. I am a little confused about the differences among some of the reference numbers of the Chronometre Royals using the calibers 1007BS and 1008BS, even after having reviewed the articles that you cited in your post as well as some past auction catalogues. Here are the the reference numbers of which I am aware and some questions or clarifications I am seeking:
- 4838 (central seconds, cal. 1008BS, large straight lugs) - Is it the same reference number whether the watch has small or central seconds?
- 4907 -I am not sure how this differs from the 4838 -- are they the same reference?
- 6111 (central seconds, cal. 1008BS, maltese cross lugs)
- 6110 (same design as 6161, but with cal. 1007BS, small seconds sub-dial)
- 6161 (central seconds, cal. 1008BS, maltese cross lugs) - Is this reference always smaller than ref. 6111 at 34mm? Is the main difference from the ref. 6161 size, or are there other key differences in case design, etc.?
- 6075 (central seconds, cal. 1008BS, very short, stubby lugs/integrated bracelet) Is there a distinct correlating ref. # for a small seconds subdial version?
- 62227 - Is this a real reference? I have only seen one source cite this reference number.
- 6340 (central seconds, cal. 1008BS, straight plain lugs). Did this reference ever come with a minutes track on the dial?
- 6107 (small seconds subdial)/6108 (central seconds). These references look similar to ref. 6161. I have only seen these cited by one source as ones presented to Eisenhower and Truman. Are these actual references, distinct from the other CR references? Were these the same size 34mm?
Any corrections to the above list of references would be appreciated, most appreciated.
Can case sizes be definitively assigned to each reference number or did case sizes vary even within a specific reference
As you, Joseph, and others are aware, restoration of these pieces can be interesting. I am particularly curious about dial restoration, as I have come across a range of issues on the examples I have seen thus far. If an original dial has been refinished by someone other than VC, can VC restore the refinished dial to at least close to its original state? Would every dial from this period have the word "Swiss" printed on it without exception? I have seen at least one dial that otherwise looks original and unfinished (to my untrained eye, of course) missing the "Swiss" label.
Ok, that is more than enough questions for now.
Once again, Joseph, I am so delighted that you have found such a beauty. I am a little bit envious, too, but I'll get over that. ;-)