SOLD - Rare Ref 6397 Vacheron Constantin Vintage 1950's All Original With Stunning Rare Crosshairs Caliber 1001
The 1950's cranked out some awesome looking dress watches, especially at the upper end as the most exclusive brands, like Vacheron Constantin, relied on design and technical prowess and materials to set themselves apart. This watch certainly epitomizes the iconic Vacheron Constantin solid 18k gold rounds we know from the 1950's; often called the heyday of watchmaking, the time when quality and innovation was at a peak. This particular watch was procured for many important reasons. First, this reference is not often found, less so than its close cousin the 6395. The case has several cool features such as a wide bezel with extremely well-integrated lugs that make the strap looks like it hugs the watch - which it sort of does. I love the fact that the original crown is designed in a way to be flush with the case edge and still highly functional, more so actually than some other VC crowns. This design also protects the crown from an unfortunate bump or drop. What makes this watch extra special is the original cross-haired dial. The dial has everything you can ask for from a vintage Vacheron: applied 18k gold stick indices, rare cross-hairs on center and sub seconds, applied 18k gold Maltese Cross (only certain models had this level of detail). The case has not been polished and retains all its original sharp looking edges. It looks great as is, with a few minor scratches on the bezel and; however, if one wishes you can have this watch polishes to a mirror yellow gold. We, however, will not do this as original case finishes are worth more to collectors. Hallmarks are where they are supposed to be, case back, left rear bottom lug area on the main case. Seal of Geneva and all proper inscriptions on the immaculate caliber 1001. The caliber 1001 is known to be one of Vacheron's best manual mind movement and is in the category of an ultra-thin. This special piece is presented on a strap that most closely would resemble its original strap. A new made in the USA high quality $65 Genuine Crocodile in the color brown. I would call the color more of a wine brown as it has red tones as shown in the picture. It looks fantastic to round out this awesome piece of Vacheron Constantin artistry and history. The watch measures approximately 34mm in diameter including the crown which is flush with the case as intended. You really cannot go wrong with a piece like this - these are going up in value year after year and it's hard to find good deals like our reduced price on this piece. Many thanks for looking. There is tons of historical information on VCs at thehourlounge if you're interested just click here to open a new window to their site.