Today's offering showcases this very fine mens Vacheron & Constantin watch in 18K gold with ultra-thin caliber 1003 movement.
It showcases wonderful modernist design sensibilities with a large bezel and distinctive style. Its classic and simple understated dial and hands, give it a fashionable yet elegant vintage style.
Just as fine on the inside as it is on the outside, the watch is powered by Vacheron & Constantin's legendary extra-flat movement, co-developed with Audemars Piguet. Released in 1955 to celebrate the company's bicentennial, this minuscule mechanism is the thinnest movement ever created for a normal size watch, measuring a mere 1.64mm!
To honor the achievement Vacheron & Constantin presented personalized examples to several key Heads of State including President Dwight Eisenhower. Only a few luxury watches in the following decades would lay claim to this movement earning them reputations as masterpieces of twentieth-century watchmaking.
Like only the very finest watches in the world - select watches from the likes of Patek, AP, and V & C, it is adjusted to five positions, heat, cold, and even isochronism (the amount of wind left in the movement). The movement is stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève attesting to its origin and quality.
Like many dress watches from the era, though it originally was a mens midsize watch, it is a small unisex size by today's standards, although its wide bezel makes it present larger on the wrist. It measures 27mm in diameter without the crown.
We were fortunate to acquire the watch in all-original condition. All of its parts are original down to the dial, hands, and winding crown. It is estate fresh except for our servicing and band installation, from a one owner family.
Its 18K gold case is in excellent condition. Its untouched original dial is in near mint condition. And its extremely high-grade Vacheron & Constantin movement is clean.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is otherwise untouched. It is keeping very accurate time.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Manufacturer: Vacheron & Constantin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 571,748
Year built: c. around 1964-1965
Model: Ref. 6712
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold
Case markings (inside): Vacheron & Constantin, Swiss, .750, 18K, 6712, 400,605
Case condition: Excellent with light wear
Dimensions: 27mm diameter, 31mm thick
Dial: Gold, thin black painted baton markers, original, near mint condition
Hands: Original, blackened, batons
Movement type: Very high quality, V & C caliber 1003, extra-flat, stamped with prestigious Hallmark of Geneve, manually wound, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions for very accurate timekeeping, self-compensating flat balance-spring, stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève attesting to its origin and quality
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 17mm
Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.