Audemars Piguet - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 6001
    Case No: 100'132
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 2510, 13 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Length, 35mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Audemars Piguet 6001 is an incredibly good looking timepiece with an undeniable 70’s coolness factor to it. Launched in 1974, it was Audemars Piguet’s first watch featuring a quartz movement and was available in steel, yellow gold or white gold.

    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 (please see lot 154 for the Omega Constellation with Megaquartz movement) which it shared with Audemars Piguet who labeled it as cal. 2510 and that 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 and the tapisserie dial. It even features the AP at 6 o’clock like the beloved ref 5402 A Series. It is entirely possible that this reference was the brain child of Gerald Genta given the aesthetic similarities with the Royal Oak.

  • 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. 6001
A very attractive and rare oval-rectangular octagonal-shaped stainless steel quartz wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1975
42mm Length, 35mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF5,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF50,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020