My "new" ultra slim 6099

Hi Everyone

I posted a photo of my watch on the wrist shots topic earlier today.

My wife bought it for me from a dealer who said it was made in 1958. The case is no. 361183 and movement 532263

I've been fascinated with the concept of very thin watches since I was a teenager, but not been in a position to own one until now & I just love it!

Dan - Thanks for your comments (copied below)

You do realize that your Ref. 6099 is the watch that the Historiques 1955 is based on? :-)Looks great on your wrist! One thing, it looks like the dial was redone, as this watch was made when the brand was still Vacheron & Constantin. Best Regards, Dan

It's great to have a watch that the Historiques 1955 are based on, I've been reading Alex's very informative article on the the history of the ultra thin calibers.
I have been suspicious about the dial, having looked at the various photos in The Hour Lounge. I found Dean's reference list which does imply that it is a 1958 watch.

I would be grateful to hear if anyone knows when (if ever) the dials on 6099's were changed to drop the "&"

The power reserve apears to be about 18 hours, a liitle low but is it reasonable to assume it is normal for such a watch?

Any comments would be gratefully recieved.

Jeremy
My "new" ultra slim 6099
Re: My "new" ultra slim 6099
02/25/2013 - 19:56
Stunning reference yes As for the "&", I believe VC dropped that in around 1970. If your watch was produced in 1958 that means that the dieal was repainted. Maybe it was in a bad condition. A lovely watch in any case, redial or not.
that is quite a watch! May it time only happy moments. Regarding the
02/25/2013 - 21:54
dial it could be possible that the watch was made at  later date and the & was dopped but wil check. As for the power reserve the 1003 has a 30h power reserve so I guess yur watch needs to be serviced. In any event welcome to the Lounge and please do post more scans
Hi Jeremy, the & was removed from the Brand's name in 1974
02/26/2013 - 01:57
but they still had dials in stock until at least 1978, with "Vacheron & Constantin" still be used. I didn't think about what Alex mentioned, that the watch may not have left the Manufacture until a much later date.  But that would contradict the 1958 date that you suggest. The best way would be to send the movement and case serial numbers to Alex.  He can check the actual date of manufacture and we can go from there.  :-) No matter what, it is a great watch.  The lugs on your watch were first introduced in 1955.  I don't know if Ref. 6099 was the first case to use them, as several cases came out in 1955 with those lugs.  It was definitely one of the first though! Best Regards, Dan
the archives date the watch to 1957 which leaves the mystery of
02/26/2013 - 09:37
The dial
Thanks for the date Alex, and for everyones comments
03/01/2013 - 18:34
. Here are some more photos I've checked the power reserve more carefully and it ran for 30 hours to this morning. I'm relieved as the dealer said it had just been serviced. Is it possible for me to take the back off or is this a job for an expert? it would be great to look inside. Thanks again Jeremy
thanks for the extra photos, if you want to take the back off it
03/01/2013 - 19:04
would be wiser to take it to a watch maker
A beauty, another DNA piece of Vacheron
02/26/2013 - 16:49
That case is fantastic and so typical, and ultra thina a special feeling. Deserve good care congratulations Francois