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Stunning Pics of a Vintage Vacheron Dress Watch…

Some stunning pics of my recently restored 1960s Vacheron & Constantin 18K Gold Dress Watch… So so thin!

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■Vintage Vacheron 6405 Restoration COMPLETED


The restoration is complete!

My polisher is a master polisher – he believes in leaving faults as removing too much is the worst possible outcome.

My Vacheron has been brought back to it’s snobbish self! The polish was a very very light polish but it is quite involved as the movement and glass needs to be removed firstly. This ensure a good job is completed.

Please take a look at the results and tell me what you think! There was a slight ding at the 8 position – this was slightly touched but not removed at the cost of damaging the engine turned bezel pattern. I am very pleased with the results.

Not cheap at wholesale cost of US$95- (that is a trade price). Retail would be double that.

The lines are in existance – but the tarnish is removed. The piece shines beautifully!

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The Society for Thin Dress Watches is a modern movement which aims to bring back the popularity of the thin dress watch.  Since the 1990s quality Swiss watch manufacturers have moved towards larger size watches (often discontinuing the production of ultra thin watches).  Whilst this trend is acceptable for casual living the down side has been the acceptance of large watches for “Formal / Dress” situations.  The aim of the Society for Thin Dress Watches is to educate men into realising this is a sartorial mistake.  With education we can bring back the popularity of the wafer thin dress watch as made famous by such houses as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.
In their hayday (from the 1940s till the early 1970s) thin dress watches were seen as the height of sophistication.  The aim of quality watchmaking firms was to make a dress watch in precious metal and as thin as possible.  The skill to make the mechanical movement as thin as possible yet durable was a task many of the best watchmakers of Switzerland participated in.  Top watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, Audemars Piguet all produced ultra thin dress watches.  Mainstream watchmakers such as Rolex, Omega, Ebel and Baume & Mercier also participated in this genre.  It was not until the advent of quartz technology in the mid 1970s that the art of the thin watch mechanical movement ceased to amaze the public.  With quartz technology improvements movement sizes shrank and became smaller in size than mechanical traditional movements.  With this great loss the public lost  its amazement with thin mechanical movements and watches.  Whilst the thin dress watch has always still the epitomy of style and fashion – its unique qualities have been lost on the up and coming generation of men.  The society for thin dress watches hopes to address this imbalance.
The Society for Thin Dress Watches is a non-profit group which seeks to re-educate male watch wearers into developing a love for thin dress watches. The society offer FREE membership and seeks to use the internet to further the cause for wearing thin dress watches.

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