A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, date and rotating bezel

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  • Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin
    Year: 1964
    Reference No: 6782
    Movement No: 570'511
    Case No: 398'193
    Model Name: "Turnograph"
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1072, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K Vacheron Constantin (contemporary) pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Vacheron Constantin Extract from the Archives confirming date of production in 1964, further accompanied by Vacheron Constantin service papers dated January 6, 2015

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Vacheron Constantin reference 6782 was launched in the early 1960s and discontinued in the early 1970s. Also nicknamed the Turnograph (in one word) or Thunderbird due to its resemblance to the Rolex ref 1625, it is a watch which stands out within Vacheron Constantin’s creations of that era due to its versatile looks that make it a sporty yet sophisticated timepiece.
    To the best of our knowledge, reference 6782 was produced in a number of variations, including two different case shapes, three different hand styles and numerous dial iterations. Without exception, however, all housed the automatic cal 1072 featuring a date window at 3 o'clock and came with the iconic rotating bezel. It is a delight to see the incredibly crisp condition of the beautifully milled rotatable bezel that defines the model. The silver sunburst dial with applied gold batons is in outstanding condition, as is the case with extremely sharp lines and definition. The present lot was fully serviced by the expert watchmakers of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage department. The automatic movement bears the prestigious Geneva Seal - proof of the painstaking hand finishing of each individual component. The present lot is a pièce de choix for the Vacheron connoisseur, or Vacheronista, looking for an iconic reference believed to have been produced in less than 100 pieces.

  • Maker Bio

    Vacheron Constantin

    Swiss • 1755

    The world's oldest watch brand in continuous operation since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin was the first watch company to manufacture movements with interchangeable parts beginning in 1839. Vacheron's watches are admired for their Latin-influenced case designs, well-balanced proportions and exquisitely finished movements of the highest quality. The Geneva-based manufacturer is known for their highly complicated masterpieces, including the King Farouk Grand Complication made in 1935, the Tour de l'Ile that was the most complicated serially produced wristwatch when introduced in 2005 and the 57260 — the world’s most complicated watch — made in 2015.

    Key vintage models include minute repeating wristwatches such as the references 4261, chronographs such as the references 4178 and 6087 and the oversized Cioccolotone models such as ref. 4737. Collectors also appreciate Vacheron's Chronometer Royal pocket and wristwatches, as well as the '222,' the brand's first luxury sports watch produced from 1977 through 1984.

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Ref. 6782
A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with center seconds, date and rotating bezel

1964
36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 10,000 
€7,300-9,200
$8,200-10,300

sold for CHF12,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
+41 22 317 81 89

The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016