A rare and attractive yellow gold open face perpetual calendar pocket watch with moonphase, leap year indication, original certificate of origin, presentation box and setting pin

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1983
    Movement No: 363'663
    Case No: No. 78, 72'996
    Model Name: Quantiême Perpetéuel
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 5020, 20 jewels
    Dimensions: 47.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With original Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin dated 2003, green leather presentation box, setting pin, AP suede pouch, product literature and outer packaging.
    Literature: A similar watch is illustrated in Audemars Piguet, Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking, 2000, G. Brunner, C. Pfeiffer-Belli and M. Wehrli p.35

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch evolved from a long tradition of horological excellence, a masterpiece produced by a master watch brand. Long before the advent of the wristwatch, pocket watches were the sole transportable mode to tell time, ranging from the basic time only, to complicated timepieces, like the Quantiême Perpetéuel, the pocket watch in the 19th century, and early 20th century made the man. Today, while they are seen more as a novelty item, they are the precursor to what today is modern and exciting. The perpetual calendar complication is found on many of the most important wristwatches today, including Audemars Piguet’s classic the Royal Oak.

    The present example is in lovely original condition, and accompanied by its original certificate of origin and presentation box. Sold in Switzerland in 1983, the watch make a superb example of a complicated pocket watch for sophisticated collectors.

  • Maker Bio

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.


    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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A rare and attractive yellow gold open face perpetual calendar pocket watch with moonphase, leap year indication, original certificate of origin, presentation box and setting pin

愛彼,18K黃金懷錶,配萬年曆、閏年及月相顯示,約1983年製。附錶盒、證書及調整筆

1983
47.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$64,000 - 96,000 
€7,000-10,600
$8,200-12,300

sold for HK$112,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018