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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1940
    Movement No: 48’968
    Case No: 25’862
    Model Name: Mauboussin
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 33mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present timepiece features a dial with an early signature “Audemars Piguet & Co Geneve”. When the firm first started to sign its watches in the early 20th century, the city of Geneva was frequently mentioned on the dial, this indication gradually disappeared during the 1950s.

    Part of the early era, the present timepiece is presented with an unusual configuration. Most notable is its unconventional faceted lugs, also known as the spider lugs due to its resemblance and silhouette of an arachnid. The case back is further stamped with the mark of French Jeweller, Mauboussin, congruent with the eagle head hallmark stamped on the inside case back, commonly seen on French made gold jewellery. Distinguished with an elegant art deco appeal, this time-only specimen offers the art of simplicity with a subtle touch of allure, and is surely an appealing and desirable honest example for vintage collectors.

  • 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, rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with small seconds and spider lugs

Circa 1940
33mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$50,400

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Head of Watches, Asia
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021