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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1937
    Movement No: 43'645
    Case No: 43'645
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 10TS, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 45mm. Length, 22mm. Width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    When it comes to the finest wristwatches, watchmakers often used platinum as their metal of choice for their most prestigious models. Platinum is denser and 25 times more rare than gold, and watches are normally made from 95 percent pure platinum alloy, giving the luxurious heft.

    The Art Deco period saw some of the most spectacular wristwatch designs ever, case with the rarest of precious metals. The present watch is one of those.

    It has a classic elegance to the beautiful almost sculpted curved case, which fits the wearer perfectly, enhanced by the clear and stylized dial with applied Arabic and baton hour markers. A must have, not only for the seasoned watch collectors but also for all lovers of Art Deco and the visual arts.

  • 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 rare and highly unusual rectangular platinum wristwatch with prominently curved and elongated lugs

1937
45mm. Length, 22mm. Width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF50,000

Contact Specialist
Nathalie Monbaron
+41 22 317 81 83

Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm