In 1955 Vacheron Constantin celebrated their bicentennial anniversary by launching the ultrathin calibre 1003. At 1.64mm, this movement held the record for over 60 years as the thinnest conventional mechanical movement. It is this prized movement that sits inside this watch.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
We have paid for an extract from the archives for this watch. As well as the money, you have to send photos of the front, back and inside of the watch. The certificate from Vacheron Constantin says this watch was made in 1961.
Vacheron Constantin are consistently pitched as one of the big three, alongside Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. However, this is half the price, or less, that a Patek Philippe. The 18 jewel manually wound movement is running – not that you can see it as it is cased in the slender 18k yellow gold case. Adjusted to five positions, and heat and cold, it is the pinnacle of watchmaking. It is thinner than a penny, yet every part is highly finished. Considering this was all designed without the use of calculator or computer, it is engineering excellence.
This watch, model 6123, has an 18k yellow gold case and is only 5.5 mm thick in total, meaning this watch will slip under the finest of shirt cuffs. The case has a small scratch beneath 6, and the acrylic glass has a scuff on the left hand side. The dial is clean and is original and has not been repainted. The leather box is from the right period but we have paired the two together, so it may be from a different model.
The rules for a dress watch (rules should always be ignored but hey!) are quality, thin and just two hands. Anything else is not required. This watch could define those rules.
This watch will be supplied with a Vacheron Constantin leather presentation box, the Extract from the Archives and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 25.7 mm
Width without crown 25.7 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 31.2 mm
Case Thickness 5.5 mm
Bracelet maximum length n/a
All sizes are approximate.
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