A V&C Minute repeater

I was going through the catalogue of Christie's upcoming Geneva auction and saw this beauty:
Vacheron Constantin. A very rare, fine and thin 18K white gold minute repeating wristwatch
Rights reserved to Christies for this image.

The watch is said to be manufactured in 1961 and is a ref. 6448. However, Christies records from the time it was previously auctioned note that it was manufactured "circa 1959". So I guess my questions are:

1. The lot notes are quite interesting, especially the part where Christies note that they "cannot think of any post war production vintage minute repeating wristwatch cased in white gold". Does this mean that this is probably the only one ever made?

2. How long was ref. 6448 produced for? I have seen watches from the 1940s carrying this ref. 

3. Any potential for a historiques based on this beauty?

Best,
Walid



This watch has been getting a lot of coverage since Christie's
04/16/2012 - 19:28
announced it:-) I'm checking and hope to have more info soon
Here is a photo of a Ref. 6448
04/16/2012 - 20:08
Picture is courtesy of Paul Boutros
A real, simple beauty ! Thank you Dan
04/16/2012 - 20:26
:)
Can't stop staring!!!
04/16/2012 - 21:13
Thanks for sharing the picture, Dan! Best, Walid
Re: Here is a photo of a Ref. 6448
04/17/2012 - 05:43
Deceptively simple.... Class act
Re: A V&C Minute repeater
04/17/2012 - 05:06
A real beauty in the V&C tradition, simplicity in its most noble, wow. Does anyone know the dimentions yet?
Re: Re: A V&C Minute repeater
04/17/2012 - 05:13
The dimensions are: 36 mm diameter, 7.38 mm thickness (with glass). Here is the full description from Christie's: "Cal. 13'''3/4 mechanical lever movement, 29 jewels, minute repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, silvered matte dial, applied baton numerals, outer minute division, thin circular case, straight lugs, snap on back engraved HENRY D. MOYLE, 47 E.S.T, SALT LAKE CITY, repeating slide in the band, 18K white gold buckle, case, dial and movement signed." Best, Walid
Exclusive minute repeater, which I listened to!
04/18/2012 - 23:37
It's one of the most outstanding of all minute repeaters ever produced, in my and many others opinion! Absolute clear and really 'full' sound. You would never believe that the sound comes from a wristwatch! I know Alex have listened to it also. Ref. 6448, was produced in the1940's. It's extremely rare. 18-carat gold wristwatch, series limited to 30 pieces only, all sold in the 1940's, some pieces in white gold, and I believe one, but that stands for me, in platinum! One of the most rare Vacheron&Constantin that you can see, and if lucky once hold in your hands! Thin and so elegant that no photos can give it full fairness. Over all I believe Vacheron&Constantiin has made about 200 minute repeaters until about 6-8 years ago. I remember a long discussion on another forum many year ago, but can't find it... Alex, can you? Vacheron&Constantin several times made small series of just minute repeater movements and put them on he shelf. It's not unusual that they ended up in a new watch 20 years later! Outstanding most exclusive of all minute repeaters from V&C, is Ref. 4261, produced in six (!) pieces! Cheers Doc
you are correct Doc, VC made 200 modern repeater calibers. Legend has
04/19/2012 - 14:06
it that one of the movements from the 40s was taken apart and studdied, at the time - late 80s - the watch industry was in the limbs due to the quartz crisis and few watchmakers left knowing how to make a complicated movement. Supposedly all was done like in the old days including dipping the gongs in horse urine to temper them!!! That was calbre 1755 which was used over a period of close to 20 years, only 200 were made in simple repeaters (skeleton and fill dial), perpetual calendar and in the Malte case later on.
Thanks Alex, for information and pics!
04/19/2012 - 18:20
Alex, do you remember who won the listening competition of 4 or 5 minute repeaters that Thomas M arranged ? blush That by a man that has no sense at all for musicality...but for much else laugh I love that 'putting on the shelf', which is so typical for Vacheron&Constantin through all times. Think of the ('false') jubilee watches 1935!! smiley And this old beautiful tourbillon movement, that was saved from 1935, until someday someone at V&C came up with the brilliant idea, to make a watch of it and brought it down from the shelf!  1991! Only 56 years on the shelf, no dust at all laugh And very discreet only shows the 'ugly hole' on the back, that's my taste! scan from 'The World of Vacheron Constantin' Oh, it's a marvellous Maison, it sure is heart Cheers Doc
thanks for the photos Doc, do you know which famous watchmaker worked
04/20/2012 - 18:17
on these tourbillon? Kari Votilainen!!!
Re: thanks for the photos Doc, do you know which famous watchmaker worked
04/21/2012 - 01:18
Ah, my neighbour! Did you know that Finland was a county of Sweden for 600 years? Longer than, all the south of Sweden, which only belongs since the 17th Century! BTW my father was voluntary soldier, doc, in the Finnish 'Winter War' against Russia 1939! I have two medals, signed by Mannerheim right behind me!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannerheim Say hej (hallo), to Kari from me, and tell him ablut that, next time you see him, and you'll see that he will react! Doc
Re: Thanks Alex, for information and pics!
04/22/2012 - 19:46
this piece is one of Vacheron's most beautiful model, truly the case is exceptionally gorgeous
Re: you are correct Doc, VC made 200 modern repeater calibers. Legend has
04/19/2012 - 19:15
Alex, These pictures continue to give me goose bumps.  I had a discussion with you sometime ago, where we both agreed that if one watch had to represent what is all great about VC, it would be the Skeleton MR. These pieces need no Geneva Seal - as on their own, they are the seal of seals...Truly Magnificient. Paul Boutros of Time Zone took a lovely photo of the three of them together. There is one more - Minute Repeater with full dial (and I remember seeing the VC CH pricelist - it was more expensive than the MR with QP - third photo from top.) Do you have pics of this? That piece has a haunting presence (in a positive sense offcourse.)
Re: A V&C Minute repeater
04/19/2012 - 18:02
One interesting point: Henry D. Moyle has a very interesting background in wiki, should you care to study the man that bought the Vacheron.
Oh, my God :) nt
04/20/2012 - 01:01
V&C
Re: Re: A V&C Minute repeater
04/20/2012 - 06:22
Very interesting but a much more interesting name (and I don't mean "Henry")! JB
Ref 6448 was made in 3 unique pieces in 1961, 2 in
04/24/2012 - 13:37
white gold (one with a regular dial -sold in 1962 - and the other with diamond indexes-sold in 1961) and 1 in platinum with diamond indexes sold in 1962. 
So there were 2...
04/25/2012 - 02:18
Which would mean that Christie's got it wrong in that they "cannot think of any post war production vintage minute repeating wristwatch cased in white gold" since your information clearly indicates there were 2 (the other being the diamond indexes). Well so much for expertise ;)... I thought there was something wrong in that statement; then again its all about marketing. That said, I guess it is really tricky with Vacheron when it comes to vintage pieces because not enough information is out there. Alex, asa always, thanks for your amazing input and clarification!