11/04/2009 - 19:46
Very nice example!
11/04/2009 - 18:09
Congratulation! The 9-ligne K1002 movement is the center-seconds version of the caliber 1001. Yours features the Seal of Geneva and VXN import mark to signify a piece imported to North America. Interesting to note the case maker Antoine Gerlach SA didn't apply perlage to the inside of the caseback. The 32mm case is very delicate with thin lugs and finely reeded bezel, and compliments the simple luxury of it's satine soleil dial with applied gold indexes. All-in-all, a classic dress V&C of the early 1960's .
11/05/2009 - 10:45
Dean & Alex, I really appreciate the information. In 1987 I graduated from the Timex Tradition while visiting a jewlery store in Wilmington, North Carolina. A Cartier watch caught my eye, and as the saleslady took it out of the showcase, the owner of the store came over and asked me if I was really set on Cartier, and that he had a Rolex he's like to show me. I told him I did not like the bulkiness of the Rolex Oyster and liked dressy watches better. So he smiled and out of a cabinet behind him pulled a Rolex Cellini 4140. I knew that was the one I wanted, and he sold it for $1600, which was less than the Cartier I initially wanted. Well, I wore it for about a year, and put it in a drawer, where it sat for 16 years. In 2004 my stepson who was 15 at the time, brought home a Russian friend from his school who is the son of a wealthy Russian businessman who wanted to send his son to America to practice his English. I thought 15 year olds were into sports, computer games, and girls, but apparently this one was also into Swiss watches. I took out my Cellini and showed them. My son has had his eye on that watch ever since. He will occasionally take it out and show me how great it looks in his wrist. Even though I never wear it, I didn't really want to part with it. His 21st birthday is in a few months, so I started looking for a Cellini for him. but I honestly couldn't find one I liked as well as the one I have. Then I noticed that for maybe just a little more than the Rolex, I can find a good dressy simple pre-owned Patek Philippe, Ademars Piguet, or a Vacheron & Constantin. Honestly I never paid attention to these watches before until I learned about them from a 15 year old Russian student. I looked for a couple of months and decided for the money, the pre-owned Vacheron & Constantin watches gave more for the money. So I bought the Vecheron & Constantin, and plan to give it to my son on his birthday. Bit I really like it! Maybe I'll give him the Cellini after all. Here's a photo of the Cellini. It's 18k with a Croc band with 18k buckle. Very thin. I especially like the rope twist. most of the Cellini models I've seen are much more plain than this one. The dial face isn't black like it appears in the photo, but is a darker shade of gold.
Great story, I think you shouold keep the VC and give your son the
11/05/2009 - 11:55
Rolex Bit watch out, once you get a VC the 2nd one is right around the corner!
Hi and welcome! That's agorgeous pristine 6406, I love the
11/04/2009 - 19:46
bezzel pattern. Not much to add movement wise from what Dean said but am currently checking production dates.
Welcome to the Lounge!
11/11/2009 - 01:48
And congrats on your new VC! Cheers, Francois