Audemars Piguet - Geneva Watch Auction: TWO Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1929
    Movement No: 38'762
    Case No: 37'792
    Model Name: "Jump Hour"
    Material: platinum
    Calibre: Manual, 10GHSM 15/12, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm Length x 26mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vintage Audemars Piguet wristwatches are widely recognized by collectors as rare timepieces with unusual, yet classic designs.

    The present example is made in platinum, which for the time was exceedingly desirable and not commonly seen in wristwatches. According to Audemars Piguet's records, the movement of this watch was originally fitted in a two-tone gold case, and sold to Metric Watch in New York in 1929. The present case was consequently added at a later point, possibly already in the early 1930s, at the premises of their American distributor. Audemars Piguet's records, despite exhaustive research, do not contain traces in regards to this pairing.

    As a noteworthy addition to any watch enthusiast's collection, the most exciting and aesthetically pleasing element about this watch is its lugs. The rectangular case is accentuated by the beautifully formed, hinged lugs that have been well preserved for almost 80 years. As one looks at this watch resting upon their wrist, they are sure to feel as though they have been transported back in time.

  • 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 fine and rare square platinum wristwatch with jump hour indicator and subsidiary dial for seconds

41mm Length x 26mm Width
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF25,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm