Setting a value on Calibres 1001 Vs 1003

Dear HL's,

I am considering adding to my collection one of the above watches/calibres.There are merits for each in terms of dial/case/condition etc) but how does one place an instrinsic value for the movements.I seem to recall in earlier threads that the K1003 movement is attracting the interests of collectors,as it was a difficult/expensive movement to produce at the time and still holds its value - so where does that place the K1001 in the hieracy,compared to K1003 ? - and does the K1001 have any intrinsic problems to look out for,as I have found my current K1003 calibre to be very reliable and parts are still available etc.


Dr Strangelove
I really can't say that the intrinsic value of one us higher than the
07/22/2009 - 12:15
other. Cal 1003 may be more iconic as it was made in celebration of VC's 200th anniversary and is the flatest hand wind movement on the market with a more difficult execution. Other than that I can't really say one is supperior to the other IMHO
Not so easy...
07/22/2009 - 17:39
I'm afraid you won't find it so easy to say one is "better" than the other as they are very different IMHO.  On one hand, the 1003 represents a period when Vacheron made a technical leap forward in terms of movement size and quality of manufacture: On the other hand, the 1001 represents the heritage of Vacheron's past with it's beautiful curved bridges and perfect symmetrical arrangement. I think you need both!!
Re: Setting a value on Calibres 1001 Vs 1003
07/23/2009 - 04:40
There are some inherent, technical, trade-offs in making a calibre very thin.  This is the major reason that it is such a challenge and the 1003 (and automatic 1120) is such an achievement. The 1001 is a classic VC movement from the 1950s-1960s and its design was not constrained by the thinness requirement.  I believe the 1001/1 with Gyromax might be more rare and sought after, but it is not more accurate than the 1001 with micro-metric regulator. All else being equal, if I had a beautiful 1003 already - I'd go for a 1001 if the watch was is very good condition. BR, Dan