New Member of the Family

Thank-you to everyone who has shared their new Vacheron family members since SIHH.  It's taken a few days to review and absorb all the exciting pieces.

I've been sitting on a new watch for awhile but perhaps now is the time to reveal!                                                               
New Member of the Family

Of course the reference 6782 "Thunderbird" has previously been presented by DutchClock who is another proud owner.  The watch has very few flaws!  I'm greatly impressed with the clean dial and hands.  The case has been polished but still retains it's hallmark.  Crown appears non-original and the crystal has been replaced as the cyclops date window is gone.  I can only assume that the factory no longer has supplies of this part as DutchClock's watch also returned from a restoration without this feature.

The strap is a burgundy alligator which really suits the piece but is very worn so a replacement is due.  The bezel turns smoothly and, combined with a wide 20mm lug width (vs 18mm on the 6694 Chronometre Royal), gives a real presence on the wrist.  I date it from 1970 because the next case number was featured as lot 29 in the Quarter Millennium catalog, which was attributed to that year.

New Member of the Family

As with all 6782 models, the movement is a K1072/1 29-jewel automatic with Gyromax balance.  These movements, with the Geneva Seal, continue to excite my interest as I now have three pieces featuring the caliber.

New Member of the Family
Pure beauty,
02/07/2009 - 23:10
but where are the fausses côtes?   Wonderful, but I doubt any summit over 300 meters, and then, inside a nice car wearing a nice suite, and a Lady beside you, in the sunset....   Class Dean ! Doc
02/07/2009 - 23:56
You're a killer!  That really made me smile! All the Best! Tom
Doc, look closer...
02/08/2009 - 02:20

I see clous de Paris guillochage, oeil de perdrix perlage, and côtes circulaires fausses côtes.  Not to mention the anglage, black polish and rhodium plating also found on these marvelous movements. Thank-you for the vivid image of sunsets, fine cars, suit of clothes and Ladies (I answer to three)  You are correct, this piece will not be attaining any new heights for Vacheron.

02/07/2009 - 23:42
What a cool watch. I really like the gold sunburst dial contrasting with the bezel. Congratulations. Mike S.
Thanks Mike...
02/08/2009 - 18:44
I've been hunting for a V&C TBird for awhile.  Vacheron's gilt soleil dials really do have life
That's a beauty..........
02/07/2009 - 23:58
and I've never seen that before...lovely! Best regards, Tom
Supposedly only 100 examples made
02/08/2009 - 18:50
The Antiquorum catalogs which featured examples have remarked that only 100 reference 6782 watches were made.  I have collected data on 15 examples, the earliest being 1966 and the latest 1971. Earlier, Alex shared a picture of another 6782 version with teardrop lugs.... I must admit that I'm not drawn to this version as much
I'll say it again....
02/08/2009 - 02:43
This is absolutely my favorite vintage automatic from VC. I'd take it even over a Ciaccolatone. I hope this one comes back in the Historiques collection. Bill
Agreed Bill
02/08/2009 - 19:04
This would make a fantastic Les Historiques addition.  Hope you voted for it earlier!  The 6782 has been described as a transition piece between the classic designs of the 60's and the streamlined designs of the 1970's.   Obviously the bezel mimics the Rolex ref. 1625 that appeared in the mid-1950's, but I think the Vacheron version has turned the sophistication up a notch (or three)
Re: New Member of the Family
02/08/2009 - 06:28
Very lovely blend of elegance and sportiness. A beautiful dial and bezel! Congratulations on a very fine piece. Wear it in good health. Joseph
Canadian Currency
02/08/2009 - 19:08
Joseph, the currency crisis is just killing us Canadians .  This piece was obtained on trade, which is one way to beat money fluctuations and I predict will be a popular approach over the next year or two.
Congratulations, Dean! You've been on a vintage roll recently...
02/08/2009 - 23:22
First the Batman watch, then the 4718 and now this... very pretty and rare Wear it in the best of health!
Too true Radek!
02/09/2009 - 07:11
The vintage bug as bitten hard!  There is a certain excitement in the hunt and satisfaction when everything goes right.  Thank-you for your kind wishes
Re: New Member of the Family
02/09/2009 - 00:48
Congratulations Dean. A beautiful trade you attained here. I continue learning about VC's history from your vintage purchases, keep it up! Best wishes, Matt
Hey Matt
02/09/2009 - 07:15
I really appreciate your comments.  If I couldn't share with others that appreciate these wonderful timepieces, it wouldn't be any fun.  That is why THL is such a great place to be!
would u be kind enough to share the history/heritage of the watch.....
02/09/2009 - 05:02
that looks like a typical oyster at first glance and very interesting. wonder if it's supposed to be water-resistance as it looks like a sports watch? and i guess it's supposed to be meant for the american market as its named after a north american myth of a mascot. there is so many questions, hope u can shed some light as i believed u have researched much before the acquisition. btw, a super nice watch in-and-out , especially with the gyromax, size, a seal, rarity and an interesting aesthetics!!  congrats and wear with good health, not forgetting to scale new heights without it!
My knowledge is limited...
02/09/2009 - 07:46
but I can tell you it has a three-piece case that is water-resistant with a screw-down case back sealed with a gasket.  However, I do not know how the crown is sealed against moisture. The design is similar in profile to the Oyster case, with tapered and sloping lugs.  The term "Thunderbird" is only a nickname used by collectors due to it's similarity with the Rolex Datejust Turn-o-graph which featured a similar rotating, graduated bezel and was nicknamed "thunderbird".  I believe the nickname came from an association with the USAF Thunderbirds aerobatics team, which was activated in 1953 flying F-84 Thunderjets.  Apparently, the pilots were given the Rolex for their participation on the team.                The 6782 is physically larger than it's Rolex precursor and, of course, features a technically superior movement.  But all credit to the iconic Oyster, voted Wristwatch of the Century!
the Thunderbird really stands out from VC's production of the
02/09/2009 - 15:28
time (where they were concentrating mostly on extra flat watches). I love it, a great mix between formal and sporty
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02/09/2009 - 19:04
Ah, there it is !
02/17/2009 - 14:27
Many congrats ! Enjoy this stunning and rare beauty ! Kind regards, Mark