the mystery of the ref 6087 that didn't look like a 6087 solved!

The Ref 6087 is one of Vacheron Constantin's rarest and interesting chronographs made in extremely low numbers in the 1950s. The first VC chronograph with screwed caseback it was the inspiration for the highly acclaimed Historiques Cornes de Vache launched in Sept 2015.

 

Ref 6087 from the 50s

photo courtesy of Hodinkee/Phillips

the mystery of the ref 6087 that didn't look like a 6087 solved!

 

However, 2 platinum watches with the same reference number but with no visible similarities were made in the 1990s and I finally got the story behind this from the horse's mouth.

In the 1990s a collector owning a 6087 with a case in horrendous shape took the watch back to VC to see what could be done about it, the discussions wayed off path and it was decided to create a new case in platinum, with a new design and a new dial using the original vintage movement. The result is the watch below, a ref 6087 with modern clothes and a vintage heart.

 

However, VC made two of these and I do not know the reason behind the second one

 

photo courtesy of Antiquorum

the mystery of the ref 6087 that didn't look like a 6087 solved!

Alex Holmes ... I presume
04/28/2016 - 11:00

Nice piece of detective work and very interesting story. Thank you!

Thanks Alex, very cool info!
04/28/2016 - 12:56

It just goes to show...you can never be sure of "absolutes" when it comes to vintage V&C, (or vintage watches in general).

For every standard or practice...there is that rare exception that makes it impossible to say "always" or "never". 

Except that there is "always" more that can be learned! yes

This is very intriguing
04/29/2016 - 10:34

Thanks Alex, very interesting, enlightening and intriguing also! yes

 

Re: the mystery of the ref 6087 that didn't look like a 6087 solved!
05/02/2016 - 06:22

Thanks Alex.

There remains mystery of second platinum 6087 to be solved.

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