Dear Loungers,

After reading the post of the elusive white gold ref 6782 ("thunderbird"), I rushed to my safe to give my rose gold (actually it looks right in between yellow and rose gold....) variant some wrist time again. As you might recall, right after I bought it, I shipped it to VC for a big service and after almost a year I received it back in a NOS condition. The dial had been exchanged to (vacheron constantin, without the & symbol) but I still had the original dial. Fast forward to now. In the meantime, I had the dial swapped again for the original version, a setup I like much better (funny, just a "&" symbol....). Herewith a quick-n-dirty wrist shot I took a couple of days ago, will post some better ones later.

Just love this piece !

Kind regards,



06/24/2011 - 23:47
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07/01/2011 - 11:30
you guys are killing me with this watch!
06/25/2011 - 03:18


never meant to kill....;-)
06/25/2011 - 12:22

but it can hit you as a bomb indeed...



You made the right choice my friend...
06/25/2011 - 05:40

Returning the "&" to the place of honor on your dial was a great choice! yes

06/25/2011 - 12:25

an apart from the &, the dial was just far too new for the watch......it lacks the warmth of the vintage (original) dial. And the "italian" strap, not an obvious choice, gives it yet another cachet.



Killing watch
06/25/2011 - 14:23
Hi Mark It is your watch telling me the existence of this thunderbird. It is nice seeing you wearing this. Wear in good health. Have a good weekend to all THLers. Best regards Terence Ho
mark, u inspired my bird's makeover, and now inspired my topolino....
06/26/2011 - 03:44

shots, especially after my visit to the VC Singapore exhibition with many formed art decor cases....smiley

finally, seeing some sun..

06/26/2011 - 15:36
Speaking about sheer beauty......what a lovely and superb example ! Best, Mark
your Topolino is a beauty! Just realised the dial has the same
06/26/2011 - 23:36

guillochage as the Aronde 1954

indeed it has the same guilloche motif as the aronde 1954, i told ....
06/27/2011 - 06:55

a friend about when the aronde was launched but did not mentioned it here.

btw, the same friend who went to the exhibition with me briefed that if i brought a female partner to the exhibition with the 1755 or the topolino, it would impress because they are also exhibited in the museum .smiley

that made me want the mercator even more.enlightened

A wonderful watch & I like it in this version,
06/26/2011 - 20:42

as you understand!

Let's keep on the fight for the real name.




I understand...;-)
06/26/2011 - 21:51

...and that is the exact reason it is as it is right now !



My friend, nice to meet a good boy,
06/26/2011 - 22:04

as I say to these when they understand, Pompe & Winston smiley



Pompe isn't named after Pompidou, is he? nt
06/26/2011 - 23:50


More likely named after the disease (pompe's)....
06/27/2011 - 00:01
Given the profession of doc...;-)
Here's another theory :)
06/27/2011 - 13:26

If I remember correctly a former regent of Sweden used to have a dog named Pompe... Was it Karl XII, Doc?

Correct, 1907, please see my post! nt
06/27/2011 - 18:15


I would never have done that!
06/27/2011 - 18:14

Winston, the younger is named after my hero W.S. Churchill.

Pompe is named after Karl XII's dog.

Karl XII was our heroic King in the beginning of 18th century,

he saw Moscow 100 years before Napoleon!

He had a dog at his feet in all the battles.

That dog is buried among the soldiers at Karberg's War Churchyard,

in Stockholm, and on his stone is a beautiful poem!

Pompe is not a Swedish word and probably comes from the French 'pompe'.

We have a great many French words a well as English and German in our language.

The Vikings already moved around and were all way down to Istambul in the year 1000!

During 1600-1750 Sweden dominated the European war scene,

now we are more peaceful smiley

Pompe the 'King' at this estate smiley

And yes he is the one with sun glasses cool


Re: I would never have done that!
06/28/2011 - 01:28

But of course you do remember who stopped the Swedish 'flood'  and made them turn back in their tracks in  Decemeber 1655 in the battle of monastery of "Jasna Góra" in CzÄ™stochowa? 

During 100s of years we had a King loyal to Sweden in Poland!
06/28/2011 - 02:54

Poland has always had a very proud and a glorious soldier history.

Anyhow your heroism seems always has been much greater than your military wins!

This we all remeber up to WWII, when your brave cavalry charged the German panzar troups.

Your true heroes.

Well known I hope, is that your airmen had a great part in 'The Battle of England'!

Anyhow a map of a Swedish Empire in Europe that declined during the years.....

And now we are peaceful and receives the most immigrants of all European States.

Without having had any Colonies as certain other countries...

Map of Sweden 1560-1815

Cheers Radek, my friend


That watch is such a beauty Mark
06/27/2011 - 13:24

Sporty and elegant at the same time! heart

you killed two birds with one stone, Mark
06/28/2011 - 01:31

Not only are you sporting a great VC but you are riding some nice set of vintage wheels, am I right?wink

06/28/2011 - 15:32
...correct, Radek. It is a peugeot 504 coupe from the seventies. Still going strong and, imho, a very elegant and comfortable ride.... Best, Mark
Getting close to Columbo, I presume,
06/29/2011 - 14:58

OTH he had probably the treasure on his wrist as you,

I would guess on a Timex smiley



Just one more thing....
06/29/2011 - 17:25

close indeed. The man drove a peu 403, but also still going strong.... About his watches: see this link


....no VC around though....;-)



06/30/2011 - 01:45

Thanks, just marvellous laugh

Talking about coincidences, as I often do,

since my motto is, " life is a series of coincidences",

5 minutes before I saw your latest post,

I watched an old Columbo episode on a TV-channel !

Drive carefully and your link is of course saved!

Cheers smiley


Coincidence indeed !
07/01/2011 - 11:30

And funny, because I had a similar experience ! I had a good look at his driving skills and will copycat them on the road...;-)