Vintage Vacheron 6405 Restoration COMPLETED

Hello,

The restoration is complete!

My polisher is a master polisher - he believes in leaving faults as removing too much is the worst possible outcome.

My Vacheron has been brought back to it's snobbish self! The polish was a very very light polish but it is quite involved as the movement and glass needs to be removed firstly. This ensure a good job is completed.

Please take a look at the results and tell me what you think! There was a slight ding at the 8 position - this was slightly touched but not removed at the cost of damaging the engine turned bezel pattern. I am very pleased with the results.

Not cheap at wholesale cost of US$95- (that is a trade price). Retail would be double that.

The lines are in existance - but the tarnish is removed. The piece shines beautifully! 

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fantastic job! Was afraid that the polishing would have damaged the
03/04/2011 - 17:08
bezzel but looks like he did a great job
Keep it honest!
03/05/2011 - 00:12
"An honest watch" is my term for a piece that shows its age gracefully, without incorrect modifications and over-restoration.  That is what you have and its fortunate that your polisher was expert because so many "honest" watches are destroyed by polishing.  Areas to beware are the case back, which requires circular graining, and of course all sharp edges and hallmarks must be retained.  Some V&C case designs are so intricate and delicate that I'd hesitate to polish at all. BTW, I've just noticed that your dial design bears a great resemblance to my Ref. 6394 click here to see the post.  When I wore this watch during a visit to VC's restoration department at Plan les Ouates, they were quite excited to examine the guilloche bezel.  Turns out they had the same model in for service and couldn't decide if it was possible to restore its overpolished bezel.  Seems the consensus was that it didn't look hopeful .  Point of the story is that you can't put back what has been polished away...