Received my first Vacheron ...

I've spent quite some time looking for a watch for my 40th. I've always been really interested in Vacheron Constantin as a brand, with their heritage and classic designs, but had to concede that their modern watches remain outside of the spending potential of a lowly computer programmer! With that in mind, I decided to look into the vintage market, and see whether I could find something appealing.

I was quite apprehensive about the vintage market, as its a bit of a minefield, but luckily there are decent forums like this one where you can research the different references, and calibres.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I found a few watches for sale that I rather liked. They were all 36mm with yellow gold cases, some were manual wind (calibre 454/5B) and others were automatic (calibre K1701). I decided pretty early on that I didn't want a date complication. One in particular stood out, a ref 6394 which still showed signs of the original linen patten on the bezel, and although I suspect that the dial has had some work done, it has been done so sympathetically.

I received the watch a couple of days ago, so here is a wrist shot.

Received my first Vacheron ...

I'm very happy with the watch, and I think my next step will be to try and get hold of an archive extract from the Vacheron Constantin boutique in London, and source a dark brown strap to replace the black strap the watch is currently wearing! Ideally, I'd like to try and find an appropriate tang buckle too, as I believe a watch from this period (mid 1950's) would have had a simple tang buckle, rather than the "half logo" buckles that adorm the more modern watches.

Oh oh you're in trouble
12/07/2014 - 19:05

You'll soon find your shelf wanting another, then another....wink

 

welcome to the Lounge and happy 40th. Great choice of watch, love the textured caseyes

What Alex says is SO TRUE
12/08/2014 - 02:29

VCs have definitely proven to be an addiction! heart 

But it's too late for you now, you've been infected...this is what you really get when you join THL and THC wink

BR, Dan

Wonderful case!
12/08/2014 - 02:21

Congratulations, any watch fan would be as happy as you to look down on their wrist and see this beauty. smiley

VC offers a "vintage style" buckle, that is rectangular with a maltese cross logo inprinted on it.  It is based on a vintage buckle, but would not be identical to the one that was included with your watch when it left the factory. 

Best Regards, Dan

Re: Wonderful case!
12/08/2014 - 12:50

Thanks for that info Dan.

I've seen a picture of an OEM buckle that has the maltese cross logo imprinted to the left hand side, is that the one you're referring to?

Steve

Hi Steve, yes that should be the buckle I'm referring to
12/09/2014 - 09:09

I didn't have the opportunity to post a picture last time, but I happen to have the buckle readily available now.  This is a WG version, but VC has these in various widths and colored golds:

Hi Steve, yes that should be the buckle I'm referring to

(sorry about the blurry iphone shot)

 

Thanks for the photo Dan :)
12/09/2014 - 10:48
Beautiful watch
12/08/2014 - 02:31

Welcome to the family and happy 40th. A great watch with which to start your VC collection. 

That is a really nice way to enter the world of V&C
12/08/2014 - 14:58

Starting with vintage V&C is an interesting path to take, and you have chosen a really lovely example of vintage V&C as well.  The details on your particular watch are wonderful from the linen bezel, to the lugs, the beautiful indices, the movement -- all add up to a perfect little gem.

 

Enjoy!

Robert

Steve goes fishing and lands a beauty...
12/08/2014 - 22:26

Steve, you've found a lovely piece - a great reward for your patience. 

The photographs are excellent and highlight the watch sitting on your wrist most comfortably.

You've found a new friend + welcome to The Hour Lounge!

Keep intouch

Best wishes

Tony

A movement shot ...
12/09/2014 - 19:26

A movement shot ...

The ruby rollers is an interesting touch, and something I haven't seen before, and the finishing looks good.

The rotor does have an audible noise, a pleasant sort of winding sound. I'm not sure if that's normal, but it certainly seems to be working as expected!

Hi Steve, the sound of the rotor with ruby rollers is normal :-) (nt)
12/11/2014 - 08:19