Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on

When going through my uncle’s estate over Christmas, the family was looking at jewelry that was inventoried and appraised to have some value. In addition, there was a pile of junk and costume jewelry that was heading for the trash or the grandkids. I happened to notice a really beat up gold colored watch. It had a cracked crystal, a frozen and rusted stem and a rusty old Speidel wrist band. It was however very thin, very simple and in fact a Swiss watch. Lucky for me, I grabbed it out of curiosity. 

While I am a watch admirer, I am by no means an enthusiast and honestly, the name Vacheron Constantin meant nothing to me (silly me). A bit of web searching quickly opened by eyes. This site without a doubt seems to be the most authoritative. 

I was also able to find a fantastic Swiss watch maker local to me (and in this case Swiss is referring to both the watch AND the maker Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on ) who was able to get the watch in great condition. Fortunately, the stem and one other minor piece were the only 2 pieces needing to be replaced. The dial was repainted beautifully.  For now, I put an aftermarket band on it that I hope to upgrade some day.
 
After many months, I got the piece back. I wanted to post the pictures to share my good fortune and ask for any information I could find. I think I am looking at a 1002 calibre. From the serial number, I think this dates back to between 1915 and 1920 but I may be completely misinterpreting what I have read. 

This watch has generated a lot of discussion in the family. They were not at all wealthy so it is unclear, where this came from. He was a US pilot in WWII stationed in N Africa and Europe so we are speculating that may have had something to do with it. We wish we knew about it when he was still alive! 

Enjoy the pics and I welcome any comments or information. Thanks! 

Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on

Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on

Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on

Unbelievable find that I am trying to get info on
Ref. 6362
05/10/2011 - 17:53

This reference is new to my database but would have been produced in the early 1960s.  Can you please provide a measurement of its width (without crown) and height (lug to lug)?  The case shape is very streamlined and appears to have a reeded bezel.  This feature is similar to a Ref. 6406 posted here some time ago and worth looking at: click here to see the post. The redial looks very nice.  Unfortunately they omitted the "&" ampersand between Vacheron & Constantin, which would have been correct for the period.  Do you have pictures of the dial before refinishing?  It does affect collectability but is sometimes necessary. The 9 ligne, 18 jewel movement caliber 1002 is an iteration of the 1001 movement with center seconds.  Yours has the Geneva Seal and the VXN imporation mark indicates it was intended for the North American market. If you provide the movement number (634889?) in addition to the case number (369681?) to Alex, he can obtain the exact year of manufacture.

measurements, etc.
05/11/2011 - 02:11
Thanks for the reply. This watch measures 3.4 cm wide and a height of 4.0 cm. The case is indeed 369681. The movement is however 534889. Is does have the reeded bezel as noted.  I did have the original scan but cannot find it. The watchmaker may still have it. My recollection is that there was not an “&” originally between Vacheron and Constantin. Would this be possible?
Re: Ref. 6361 no 6362
05/11/2011 - 04:07
I looked at a much higher res photo and the reference is actually 6361.  Thanks
thats a fantastic find and the watch looks as if it was serviced by
05/13/2011 - 13:31
a very competent watchmaker. The caliber 1002 with the geneva seal (a quality hallmark) is the icing on the cake. I'm trying to find more info on the ref 6361 as its the 1st time I see one but would guess it's from the 50s