Ultra thin VC ref 36004 skeleton with caliber 1006 movement

Good evening.  I am hopeful that someone can help me identify how many reference 36004 watches were made.  From my understanding, VC made less than 500 watches using the caliber 1006 - which was basically a caliber 1003 that was skeletized and also turned upside down to better showcase the beauty of the movement that is typically hidden under the case back.  Notice how the hands are fitted on the bridge side of the movement.

If only 500 watches were made using the caliber 1006 (between 1981 and 1990), is there any documentation for how many reference 36004 watches were made?  The 36004 was part of the Structura collection that I think was introduced in 1989 and discontinued in 1990.  I would think very few examples of this watch were crafted.

 

Kind regards,  Troy Duncan

Hi Troy, Nice watch, I was watching this piece on a certain, online, watch market
09/14/2014 - 05:47

Did you just pick up this piece?  The information you already mentioned is correct as far as I know.

Unfortunately, VC will not provide more specific production quantity information.  The ref. # refers to the case, so different combinations of the dial and hands woukd still carry Ref. 36004, though I do not know if other case styles were as part of the Structura line.

While its beautiful, I consider cal 1006 to be engraved, not skeletonized, as the base plate is still whole and I cannot see through it.

BR, Dan 

Just re-listed, Dan
09/14/2014 - 18:37

Different seller, or different account wink

I hope you didn't
09/14/2014 - 19:55

bump the price up by $5k on the basis of thinking it was a skeleton movement surprise.  As Dan pointed out, yours is engraved.  The skeletonized cal. 1003 is an order of magnitude more difficult to produce and therefore more costly.

I hope you didn't

Alex article; The Delicate Art of Skeletonizing, would be a good place to learn more: http://www.thehourlounge.com/en/vacheron-constantin-articles/delicate-art-skeletonizing-548301.  BTW, I did inform the original seller of this distinction when he shilled the piece on another forum.