Vacheron Constantin Ref 6360

Vacheron Constantin Ref 6360

Maker: Vacheron Constantin
Reference: Ref. 6360
Year: 1960’s
Material: 18k yellow gold
Dial: Champagne Gold
Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter including crown; 8.4mm thickness
Case number: 369643
Caliber: 1001/1 ultra slim
Service history: July 2020. Currently running at -13.2 sec/day
Bracelet/Strap: Non original brown alligator strap with non original buckle (pictured)
Crystal: Acrylic 
Lug Width: 19mm
Box/Papers: No box, no guarantee, extract from the archives to follow
 
The holy trinity all produced some impressive dress watches in the 1960’s - so much so that one can argue it was the golden age of dress watches. Few manufacturers do dress watches better than Vacheron Constantin and this reference 6360 certainly epitomizes the supreme design and technical prowess that VC produced in their iconic 18k gold rounded dress watches in this era.

 

The case on this piece features a beautiful oversized engine-turned bezel. Including the crown, it measures 36.5mm in diameter and with the lug width at 19mm, this piece does wear a lot larger than its size. The dial has everything you can ask for from a vintage Vacheron: Champagne gold dial, 18k gold stick indices, cross-hairs on the sub seconds, and applied 18k gold Maltese Cross. The stand out feature of this piece though might be the movement hidden inside. The ultra slim caliber 1001 is known to be one of Vacheron's best manual wind movements. An elegant caliber featuring five bridges, the sub-seconds 1001 and the center-seconds 1002 formed the basis of Vacheron Constantin’s reputation in the 1950s and 60s. Many say they were matched only by the supreme 10 and 12 ligne hand-winds of Patek Philippe. Based on JLC’s caliber 818, the caliber 1001 features elegant curves and sweeps on its five bridges with a free-sprung Gyromax balance, Geneva stripes, outstanding finishing, and Geneva hallmark. All in all, this is a gorgeous gold dress watch that is timeless and can be worn in any occasion. 
 
Overall, this watch shows some signs of light wear, with light scratches throughout the case, although not as much as one would expect for its age. It most likely has been polished in the past but retains its attractive curved lug shape with the engine-turned bezel intact, showing no signs of rubbing. The dial is in excellent condition with little signs of blemishes. The unsigned crown is correct for this reference. The movment has been serviced on July 2020 and is running great at -13.2 seconds/day. On the whole, this watch is in excellent condition for its age. 
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