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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 6001BC
    Movement No: 153'548
    Case No: 100'613
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 2510, 13 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold AP deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Length and 35mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extrait de Registre confirming production of the watch on November 28, 1974 and an archival photo.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Audemars Piguet 6001 was an astonishingly avant-garde timepiece in 1974 when it was launched. Its bold design housed an incredibly cutting-edge quartz movement. In fact this reference was Audemars Piguet’s first watch featuring a quartz movement and was available in steel, yellow gold and very few pieces in white gold like the present example.

    While brands such as Rolex or Patek Philippe had participated in the developing of the Beta 21 quartz movement, Omega had developed the ultra precise Megaquartz caliber 1510 - precise to one second a month. Omega supplied this movement to Audemars Piguet, who labelled it as cal. 2510, which can be found in the present reference 6001. The small pusher under the crown enables the wearer to correct the one second discrepancy.

    Design-wise, the reference 6001 is almost a rectangular Royal Oak, keeping with the 8 edges to the bezel . It even features the AP at 6 o’clock like the beloved reference 5402 A Series. It is entirely possible that this reference was the brainchild of Gerald Genta given the aesthetic similarities with the Royal Oak.

    The present example is part of an incredibly rare series made in white gold with diamond hour markers adding a dash of flamboyance to an already incredibly good looking timepiece.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ref. 6001BC
A very attractive and rare oval-rectangular octagonal-shaped white gold quartz wristwatch with date and bracelet

1974
42mm Length and 35mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-10,900
$8,700-13,100

Sold for CHF47,880

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021