A very rare and elegant yellow gold rectangular skeletonized wristwatch with black enameled Roman numerals

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1953
    Reference No: 5036
    Movement No: 63441
    Case No: 15306
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10 TS, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Satin
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle, signed AP
    Dimensions: 24mm x 33mm
    Signed: Case and buckle signed
    Literature: A similar example is illustrated in Audemars Piguet by G.L. Brunner, C. Pfeiffer-Belli, M.K. Wehrli page 200

  • Catalogue Essay

    Connoisseurs and aficionados will agree that hand skeletonizing a movement is one of the most difficult, labor intensive, and painstaking tasks in watchmaking. Everything that is not essential for the movement to function is methodically cut away. Each part is then hand engraved and exquisity finished, turning each movement into the most meticulous work of art. The artisan performing this task needs to be precise, as the engravings need to be even and visible, without affecting the movement’s timekeeping functions. The present reference 5036, made in 1953, shows signs of responsible wear, retaining all of the original enamelling of the Roman numeral hour markers along the bezel. So few and far between is this reference, that this is amongst one of less than a handful to surface at auction in recent years. In overall very good condition, this watch is a functional work of art that will be admired by collectors and novices alike.

  • 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. 5036
A very rare and elegant yellow gold rectangular skeletonized wristwatch with black enameled Roman numerals

1953
24mm x 33mm
Case and buckle signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€9,200-13,800
$10,300-15,500

sold for CHF13,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016