A rare stainless steel tonneau-shaped wristwatch with center seconds and mesh bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: 5369 ST
    Movement No: 134'354
    Case No: 77'343
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 2002, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, 220mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet folding clasp stamped AP
    Dimensions: 33.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Audemars Piguet tonneau-shaped wristwatch is unlike any other from the manufacturer’s typical repertoire. It is a study in innovative case design, since this waterproof watch does not have a screw back, but rather the movement is placed between the case and its back and the mesh bracelet is attached to secure all three components. This provides for improved resistance from moisture and dust, as well as gives the watch an attractive aesthetic.

    Research tells us that like the iconic Royal Oak the present watch is the brainchild of designer extraordinaire Gerald Genta. Furthermore, the 2002 caliber used within is an extremely rare transitional caliber, made in only 200 pieces and used by Audemars Piguet in different references, thus making the present lot a rare and exclusive model.

    The present lot is in superb condition, the brushed steel case remains unpolished, as well as the bracelet. With its lovely Clous–de-Paris guilloché dial, it’s a highly unusual and charismatic example of a steel Audemars Piguet from the 1970s.

  • 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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Ref. 5369 ST
A rare stainless steel tonneau-shaped wristwatch with center seconds and mesh bracelet

1972
33.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-11,000
$8,200-12,400

sold for CHF10,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016