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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 171

    Audemars Piguet. A fine 18K gold automatic tourbillon wristwatch with Guarantee and box


    Price Realised  


    Audemars Piguet. A fine 18K gold automatic tourbillon wristwatch with Guarantee and box
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Tourbillon Automatique model, ref. 25643BA, watch no. 84, circa 1988
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 2870, tourbillon regulator with titanium cage, 32 jewels
    DIAL: gilt, chased, applied dot numerals on blank track, aperture revealing oscillator, aperture for tourbillon
    CASE: 18K gold, rectangular, hinged lugs, snap on back acting as movement plate showing six jewels and engraved “Tourbillon Automatique No. 84”, 28.5 mm width, 32.5 mm. length
    SIGNED: case, crystal and movement
    BUCKLE: 18K gold Audemars Piguet double deployant clasp
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Audemars Piguet Certificat d’Authenticité et d’Exclusivité, Bucherer Service Invoice dated 19 March 2012, and Audemars Piguet leather fitted presentation box. Furthermore delivered with Audemars piguet Extract from the Archives confirming original invoicing of the present watch in 1987 in the USA.

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    Produced in around 350 examples, the "Tourbillon Automatique" model was launched in 1986, the first self-winding series produced tourbillon. At the time believed to be the world's thinnest and smallest self-winding tourbillon movement. It was furthermore the first tourbillon carriage in the history of mechanical watches made of titanium. The tourbillon rotates anti-clockwise once every 50 seconds. The slimness of the case design results from the use of the back plate of the movement as the case back, resulting in the height of only 4.8 mm including the gold case. The textured sunray design of the dial is derived from an ancient Egyptian relief carving of Akhenaten.

    We thank Audemars Piguet Heritage Department for the assistance in researching this timepiece.

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