RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.

My name is Christopher and I'm researching this watch for my friend Raymond Newmark. Raymond is the ORIGINAL owner of a MINT Vacheron Constantin Watch that he wishes sell.

The watch is working and in MINT CONDITION as you can see in the images below. It has always been enclosed and stored in an air tight, fireproof safe when not in use. He only wore it for very special occasions, which over the years was about a dozen times. Every other year he would take it up to New York City to the Overseas Service Division on 5th Avenue for lubrication and Inspection. At the time of purchase this was considered the "thinnest watch in the world". The internals are a work of art with 17 Rubis inside. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the watched opened.

I have a few questions for you:1) When was this watch made?
2) What years was it produced?
3) How many of this watch were made?
4) What is the estimated value of this watch?

Any other information you can give me on this watch would be helpful. Thank you!


What I know about the watch:

Purchase Date: May 1st, 1969

Watch Information:
La Montre No. 421428
Boite en 18c yellow gold
Movement No. 589709
Rubis: 17 (these are inside the watch on the backside)
Model: C1.6452 extra thin with 18c gold band

Dealer Information:
S.M. Seruya, Ltd
165 Main Street
Gibraltar
Dealer Name: Pepe Nahon

Images of Documentation:
http://www.turbozilla.com/vacheron/documents/

More Images of Watch:
1024 x 768 resolution

http://www.turbozilla.com/vacheron/Watch/1024x768/
1280 x 960 resolution
http://www.turbozilla.com/vacheron/Watch/1280x960/ 

RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.


RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.

RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.

RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.

RARE 1960's Solid Gold Watch Inquires. Pics inside.

Hi Christopher, welcome to the Lounge. I'm amazed by the fact that all
09/11/2007 - 12:17

documents for this watch have been kept!

The ref 6452 was made for about a dozen years from the very early 1960s to the mid-early 70s. However if you need to know the exact year of production for this specific watch you need to send it to Vacheron Constantin and ask for a certificate of authenticity.

VC does not disclose production numbers however at the time the brand was making less than 3000 watches a year divided between many references so in any even production numbers can not be very high.

Estimated value is very difficult to give especially since I have not seen one for sale in a very long time and furthemore gold integrated watches do not seem to be a flavor of the day - even though the bracelet is a work of art in its own right and something almost impossible to reproduce today!

I suggest you contact one of the major auction houses: Antiquorum, Christie's or Sotheby's forthem to be able to give you an estimate, the worth is obviously higher since the watch comes with all documentation.

The movement in the watch is the amazing caliber 1003 launched in 1955 for the brand's 200th anniversary!

scan courtesy of Doc

Re: Hi Christopher, welcome to the Lounge. I'm amazed by the fact that all
09/12/2007 - 20:36

Good to see somethings never change!

Alex the walking "Vacheron encyclopedia" and Doc simply goes to the box for any VC scan.

My first Vacheron had a similar bracelet, which is truely a work of art. Mine was large, for the era, rectangulal shaped with a black onyx face and gold sweeps only. I wore it strickly with my tux and matching cuff links and studs to match. What makes me think Doc's got something similar in the box. Those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end, they did. Mine which I bought complete NOS, brought $4,000.USD Unfortunately "fashion timepieces" are no longer the thing! Best, Miki