For sale is a gorgeous vintage Vacheron Constantin in 18k gold with a killer dial and outstanding movement still used to this day (the Cal. 1003). Asking price is $2950 shipped overnight CONUS. Will consider trades from certain brands -- Rolex, Patek, JLC, Vacheron, and vintage Longines, in particular.

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Overview:

There are so many cool aspects about this watch. Made in the 1960s, the reference 6351 came in many dial variations, but this one stands out. The dark sunburst-patterned champagne dial almost matching the color of the 18k gold case, with the aging seen on the present watch that ever-so-subtly deepens the color in different lighting, gives the watch so much character on the wrist. The finely-fluted bezel, also a nice touch, is almost imperceptible unless under close inspection. These small details make a big difference. And don't let the 32.5 mm diameter of this watch fool you into thinking it'll look too small -- it has serious presence on the wrist, due to these details, the flat case, and the straight lugs.

The Caliber 1003 inside this watch is also something special. This movement, measuring only 1.64 mm thick, was at the time the thinnest mechanical movement ever and, as a testament to its longevity, it is still being used by Vacheron Constantin to this date in (at least) their Historiques Ultra Fine 1955 (bearing a current sticker price of $31,300). The movement is a looker too, albeit hidden under the closed case back, certified with the Geneva Seal.

The Specs and Details

The present watch, made of 18k yellow gold, is 32.5 mm in diameter and 5 mm in thickness. It appears to be in original, un-retouched condition, including the Vacheron Constantin signature, which is well-preserved. The watch shows some signs of wear and patina consistent with its age, such as small surface scratches on the bezel and slight spotting and patina on the dial between 4 and 5 o'clock and around the 11 o'clock hour marker (only visible in certain lighting conditions). They're hard to see without a loupe. Hallmarks on the sides and underneath the lugs are still visible and surprisingly crisp for the age of the watch, indicating that it has not been over-polished during its 50+ year lifespan.

As noted above, the movement, Caliber 1003 is 1.64 mm thick and carries the Geneva hallmark. It's beautifully-finished throughout, with wonderful beveling, Geneva stripes, and polishing. It's keeping time well, consistent with a watch of its age and the high-quality caliber, although the service history of this piece is unknown.

I offer a 7 day inspection period, meaning that the watch can be returned in that time frame if sent back in the same condition in which it was shipped. I also back this with a 6 month warranty covering the mechanical operation of the movement.

Onto the pics!









Feel free to reach out with any questions or offers. Thanks for looking!