Vacheron Calibres of 1967

Having recently acquired a Vacheron parts catalogue from 1967, I thought fellow Loungers (especially vintage fans) would be interested in the details. Some translation between French and English was required so please provide any corrections. Herewith is “the complete range of the calibers produced by Vacheron & Constantin in Geneva”. Dean aka tick-talk

But to begin, here is an extract from the introductory page, directed to the qualified independent watchmakers that were allowed to order parts and thus service Vacheron movements: Each Vacheron & Constantin watch is a testimonial for the firm’s great tradition of fine workmanship. It is the result of two centuries of effort towards perfection. Our firm is in fact the oldest watch manufacturer in the world, although with its up-to-date equipment it ranks amongst the most modern. As every specialist will agree, tradition plays an influential part in the making of precision watches. It is not, therefore, only by chance that the firm of Vacheron & Constantin enjoys such a good reputation and that so many important personalities throughout the world appreciate and wear our watches.

The brilliant observatory records obtained by our chronometers and the incomparable elegance of our distinctive models have certainly contributed to our firm’s prestige. The pioneering role which our firm has played in the past and of which we are very proud entitles it actually to lead the fashion.

Vacheron & Constantin’s whole existence is characterised by its inventions and improvements in the field of watchmaking. It was our firm, with the faithful collaboration of Georges Leschot, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, which introduced mechanical manufacture, making “interchangeability” possible in the various parts of the watch movement. This important innovation marked the beginning of a rapid evolution in the watchmaking industry.

When the owner of a Vacheron & Constantin entrusts his watch to your hands and practical skill, he shows the confidence which is certainly justified by your previous achievements. Your client expects his watch to work after your overhauling, in spite of years of wear, just as well as when he first bought it. The qualified watchmaker has the noble task of maintaining by his own skill and knowledge, the high quality of the Vacheron & Constantin watch entrusted to him. 


Cal. 466

Description: 7” tonneau calibre
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.40mm
Case Dimensions: 15.50mm x 12.50mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1005
Description: 7” baguette calibre, back-winding
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.60mm
Case Dimensions: 17.40mm x 6.20mm
Vibrations: 19’800

Cal. 1050
Description: 7” tonneau extra-flat calibre, without seconds, Parechoc “Kif Flector” shock-absorber, screwless adjustable balance*
Jewels: 20
Overall Height: 2.36mm
Case Dimensions: 15.40mm x 13.00mm
Vibrations: 19’800
*4-arm balance wheel with four adjustable pivoted rollers, may be early Gyromax design?

Cal. 153
Description: 8” round calibre
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.40mm
Case Dimensions: 15.08mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 457
Description: 9” cushion calibre
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.30mm
Case Dimensions: 19.90mm x 19.90mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 458
Description: 9” round calibre, base cal. 457, fine-regulator
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.30mm
Case Dimensions: 20.60mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 466
Description: 9” round calibre, base cal. 458, center seconds
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 4.15mm
Case Dimensions: 20.60mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1001
Description: 9” round calibre
Jewels: 17 or 18
Overall Height: 2.94mm
Case Dimensions: 20.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1002
Description: 9” round calibre, base cal. 1001, center seconds
Jewels: 17 or 18
Overall Height: 3.44mm
Case Dimensions: 20.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1003
Description: 9” round extra-flat calibre
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 1.64mm
Case Dimensions: 20.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 435

Description: 11” octagonal calibre
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.50mm
Case Dimensions: 24.50mm x 17.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 477
Description: 12”, round calibre, automatic (bumper-winding), Parechoc shock-absorber
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 6.15mm
Case Dimensions: 29.56mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 498

Description: 12” round calibre, automatic (rotor-winding), seconds at 6 o’clock, Parechoc shock-absorber
Jewels: 21
Overall Height: 5.40mm
Case Dimensions: 29.00mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 499
Description: 12” round calibre, automatic (rotor-winding), center seconds, Parechoc shock-absorber
Jewels: 21
Overall Height: 5.40mm
Case Dimensions: 29.00mm
Vibrations: 18’000
*may be early version of cal. 1019?

Cal. 1070
Description: 12” round calibre, automatic (rotor-winding), seconds at 6 o’clock, Parechoc “Kif Flector” shock-absorber
Jewels: 29
Overall Height: 5.50mm
Case Dimensions: 29.00mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1071
Description: 12” round calibre, automatic (rotor-winding), center seconds,
Parechoc “Kif Flector” shock-absorber
Jewels: 29
Overall Height: 5.50mm
Case Dimensions: 29.00mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1072
Description: 12” round calibre, base cal. 1071, automatic (rotor-winding), date with instantaneous changing, rapid date-setting, center seconds, Parechoc shock-absorber
Jewels: 29
Overall Height: 6.30mm
Case Dimensions: 29.00mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1120
Description: 12” calibre, first year of production, no details provided in catalogue

Cal. 453
Description: 12 ½” round calibre, seconds at 6 o’clock, Parechoc
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 4.00mm
Case Dimensions: 28.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 454
Description: 12 ½” round calibre, base cal. 453, center seconds, Parechoc
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 5.00mm
Case Dimensions: 28.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 485

Description: 12 ½” round calibre, base cal. 453, day/date/month calendar, Parechoc
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 5.25mm
Case Dimensions: 28.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 495

Description: 12 ½” round calibre, base cal. 485, day/date/month/moon phases calendar, Parechoc
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 5.25mm
Case Dimensions: 28.80mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 1007

Description: 12 ½” round calibre, base cal. 453, seconds at 6 o’clock, stop-seconds mechanism, Parechoc
Jewels: *
Overall Height: *
Case Dimensions: *
Vibrations: *
*not listed, may be that of base calibre?

Cal. 1008
Description: 12 ½” round calibre, base cal. 454, center seconds, stop-seconds mechanism, Parechoc
Jewels: *
Overall Height: *
Case Dimensions: *
Vibrations: *
*not listed, may be that of base calibre?

Cal. 434
Description: 13” round calibre, minute-chronograph
Jewels: 19
Overall Height: 5.80mm
Case Dimensions: 29.50mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 492
Description: 13” round calibre, minute-chronograph
Jewels: 19
Overall Height: 5.80mm
Case Dimensions: 29.50mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 439*
Description: 17” round pocket watch calibre, seconds at 6 o’clock
Jewels: 17
Overall Height: 3.50mm
Case Dimensions: 37.45mm
Vibrations: 18’000
*also special aluminum version used in ref. 4348

Cal. 162*
Description: 21” round pocket watch calibre
Jewels: 21
Overall Height: 8.00mm
Case Dimensions: 46.90mm
Vibrations: 18’000
* “calibre avec developpement de ressort” (unable to translate) 

Cal. 166

Description: 21” round pocket watch calibre, center seconds
Jewels: 22
Overall Height: 10.00mm
Case Dimensions: 46.90mm
Vibrations: 18’000

Cal. 163

Description: 21” round pocket watch calibre
Jewels: 21
Overall Height: 8.00mm
Case Dimensions: 46.90mm
Vibrations: 18’000

I would appreciate any assistance in filling out the missing details for calibres 1007, 1008 and 1120 (from official sources, if possible). Also, any pocket watch enthusiast that can explain the difference between calibres 162 and 163.
amazing work Dean, thanks (nt)
01/30/2009 - 10:08
e
Dean your did a great work, and very helpful!
01/30/2009 - 14:06
Congratulations! Alex, it is much worth to put this post in Rcommended Threads, isn't it? Cheers, Patrice
cal 1120 info
01/30/2009 - 16:14
Automatic diameter: 28mm thickness: 2.45mm VPH: 19 800 jewels: 36
Thanks All nt
02/01/2009 - 05:36
nt
Great work, very interesting!
01/30/2009 - 19:40
I did not realize that they had so many different calibers in just the span of 30 years. Some of those date back to the 1940's, if not even earlier. It also shows how the calibers got bigger over time. From 7-9 ligne to 11-12 ligne, although I guess they still make small ones today as well. I would agree with you Dean, that the dimensions for the unlisted calibers would be the same as the for it's respective base. I don't have any official source though. I remember an archive of Vacheron calibers with photos and in some cases the dimensions of each on the purists website, although I can't find that page now, you might be able to search for it. I remember thay had pictures of the 1008, which is the Chronometer Royal, a really beautiful movement. A great post and very interesting! Thank you!