Audemars Piguet - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Made in 1942
    Movement No: 45'996
    Case No: 45'996
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 13''' VZAH
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 14k gold, signed Audemars Piguet
    Dimensions: 33mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Audemars Piguet vintage chronograph wristwatches are amongst the rarest specimens. One can look through a mountain of auction catalogues to find just one example.Made in much smaller quantities compared to other highly distinguished manufactures, they stand out by their design, elegant look and refined proportions and today offer true value to discerning collectors.

    The present watch is characterised by its very well preserved original condition. The case has become tarnished from oxidation and still retains very crisp case number to the outside of the case back. The dial has aged evenly throughout and gives the watch a very warm feeling. These elements presented together render this vintage chronograph a real collectors watch.

  • 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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A very fine and rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with three registers

Made in 1942
33mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF68,750

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm