A fine and extremely rare pink gold triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1949
    Reference No: 5513
    Movement No: 55'903
    Case No: 493
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9/10RSQ, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt pin buckle
    Dimensions: 31mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: This reference (but in yellow gold) is featured in "Audemars Piguet" by Brunner, Pfeiffer Belli, Wehrli pp. 71 and 233. Furthermore this reference is also featured in the Audemars Piguet 2016 Collector Book dedicated to Calendar Watches pp.42-43.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Audemars Piguet has long been known for their rare and elegant complicated wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s. This lovely pink gold triple calendar wristwatch is an especially rare and attractive example from the period. According to our research, Audemars Piguet produced 68 full calendar caliber movements between 1945 and 1960. There were four different models produced, including the reference 5513 of the present lot. Nineteen examples of the reference were made, with 11 in yellow gold, four in white gold and three in pink gold, making the present lot a true rarity in vintage horology. Of exquisite quality overall, the dial, with its combination of applied dart and Arabic hour markers, features raised, hard enamel printing. A beautiful moonphase indicator is found at 6 o’clock, made of gold and blue lacquer.
    By today’s standards, this example might seem small with its 31mm diameter, however the prominent bezel, elongated lugs, and balanced dial give it a much larger feel on the wrist. The rarity, attractiveness, and well preserved condition of this watch will delight any enthusiast of vintage timepieces.

  • 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. 5513
A fine and extremely rare pink gold triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon

1949
31mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF35,000 - 55,000 
€32,100-50,500
$36,100-56,700

sold for CHF50,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016