Quick sharing: My just-arrived ref. 6099

Ever since getting hooked by Paul's photo essays of VC watches, I have been on the lookout for timepieces that carry some historical significance or modern interpretations that reflect the brand's DNA.  My first acquisition, the Toledo, was along those lines.  In the same spirit, I am happy to share with you this ref. 6099 carrying the legendary cal. 1003. 

Quick sharing: My just-arrived ref. 6099

The thinness really is a marvel, and it's mind boggling to me that this could have been achieved fifty odd years ago.  The lugs with the "split maltese cross" motif is another plus for me.  On that score, I did initially have some concerns, as the lugs are unlike any of the pictures I have seen of the same reference in the public domain - the Antiquorum pictures, for instance, show lugs where the "slant" carries a much sharper profile.  Thankfully, Alex came to the rescue with an assist after some fact checking ... thanks a million Alex! 

The picture may not show it well, but the dial has a slight patina that shows off an almost champagne like color under some lighting conditions ... a pleasant surprise that added to my enjoyment of the watch.

One minor regret is that the watch dates to 1965, not 1955.  I would have loved to be able to say that I got "one of the first" ultra-thin watches released, but anyway this timepiece is also very nice and in fantstic condition, so I am not complaining!

No wrist shots yet, because the strap that came with the watch is too long (I'm very finicky about this), so I am putting off wearing this until my custom-ordered one arrives. :(   I can say though that with my 6.25" wrist, the 32mm watch doesn't wear terribly small, even by today's standards.

Will share more shots in a few weeks after the strap arrives!

Cheers, Jeff

Re: Quick sharing: My just-arrived ref. 6099
10/19/2012 - 15:54
Very nice Jeff - aside from admiring your new acquisition it's also educational for a newbie like me. Those lugs are very distinctive as you say.......congrats! Brent
the lugs are surprising, love the overall look and the 1003 is
10/19/2012 - 16:31
an iconic movement so you have a lot going on in there ;-) Wear it in best of health
Lugs are very interesting, Jeff
10/19/2012 - 17:20
Nice snag. Wear it in good health! Joseph
Congratulations, Jeff
10/19/2012 - 18:07
What a beautiful complement to your Toledo.  And is this one white gold?  A vintage WG Vacheron is always special.  The cal. 1003 is also a nice piece of history inside your "new" watch. Here is a view of a more recent cal 1003/3 as a little gilimpse of what lies within: Looking forward to your wrist shots when the new strap arrives. Best, Robert
Ooohhh, WG or Photoshop? nt
10/19/2012 - 19:08
Re: Ooohhh, WG or Photoshop? nt
10/19/2012 - 20:13
Sorry to disappoint, Dean, but it is b/w photo to downplay the rose gold movement of the Historiques 1955.  Best, Robert
Congrats Jeff, the watch looks great
10/19/2012 - 19:10
Very simple, very classic, and yet, it packs a lot of VC flairyes I'm looking forward to the wrist shot - on paper, I would say that for me 32mm watch would be too small, but I don't have huge wrists and so am keen to see the fit on yours! Cheers,  Francois
Love those lugs!!
10/19/2012 - 19:27
Jeff, you may be interested in this reference catalog photo Alex posted earlier.  Looks like a suede or fabric strap too! LeCoultre was also fond of that lug design during the same period. Even Patek tried to mimic with their Ref 2568 :-0 And while yours is the King of Slim with its revolutionary cal 1003, the V&C Ref 6101 and 6105 featured more chubby calibres with sub-seconds.
Interesting to see those lugs...
10/19/2012 - 20:15
...on other watches.  I can kind of understand the LeCoultre, given the relationship between the two brands, but the PP is kind of weird, no? But it is a great lug design, after all. Best, Robert
Here is an edited pic...
10/19/2012 - 20:00
With Jeff's permission, I capturd is photo and did a little touch-up to show the dial a little better. It was a small pic(few hundred kb), so I was a bit limited. I hope you like it, Jeff
I love that watch and lugs!
10/19/2012 - 20:40
Hi Jeff, Great Watch - Congratulations!!! When VC introduced the Historiques 1955, the first thing I did was look at the Ref. 6099 (which is what the Historiques 1955 is based on). I have always loved these angular lugs, which make up the Maltese Cross, yes.   These lugs were first introduced by VC in 1955.  During that year, VC also made a few others with this lug design.  I'm luckly to have a Chronometre Royale from 1955 with these lugs (Ref. 6110). As Respo asked, is your watch WG?  I didn't know there was a white version, quite rare I would suspect.  If it is white, I am really going to have to search the vintage shops in HK more often.  (Another Lounger in HK found a very rare WG Ref. 6782 Thunderbird). Wear your 2 new beauties with joy, you lucky guy! BR, Dan
Thanks for watching everyone! And yes ...
10/20/2012 - 09:43
... the watch is WG. Dean and Dan, thanks for the additional references.  My favorite by far, however, is the ref 6068, i.e. the one with the maltese cross on the dial! Robert, that's a gorgeous back shot of your watch .... you know that seeing your pictures of it was my original inspiration for getting a cal. 1003 watch, right? Joseph, I will send you the full size file separately, feel free to play with it to your heart's content!  Thanks for making the pic so much better.
Really Nice Find
10/21/2012 - 02:45
Iconic design and classic movement.  Would be a bit small for my wrist but sounds perfect for you!