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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 57

    Audemars Piguet. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch

    SIGNED AUDEMARS, PIGUET, GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 46924, MANUFACTURED IN 1943

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    Audemars Piguet. A very fine and rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Audemars, Piguet, Genève, movement no. 46924, manufactured in 1943
    Cal. 13VZA mechanical movement, 21 jewels, silvered dial, applied square and Arabic numerals, fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, outer blue tachymetre scale, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case, downturned lugs, snap on back, two olive-shaped chronograph buttons in the band, case, movement and dial signed
    33.3 mm. diam.


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    With Audemars Piguet fitted presentation box. According to the Archive of Audemars Piguet the present watch was manufactured in 1943 with white dial signed Audemars, Piguet Geneve with 12 and 6 Arabic number with index in gold, Tachymetre in base 1000, hands in gold and 33,3 mm diameter case in the shape 255, and it was sold in 1947.
    The present watch is preserved in excellent original unrestored condition. Fitted with a very elegant dial, the gold Arabic 6 and 12 numerals and pyramidal indexes are only found on the very best Audemars Piguet watches of the period. This watch is certainly one of the most refined and classic Audemars Piguet chronographs to be offered publically in recent times.
    Known from the Archives as “shape 255”, it is one of the rarest Audemars Piguet chronograph models of the mid-20th century. Only 60 examples of this type were made in total, in fact the company made fewer than 350 chronograph watches across all models between the 1930s and the 1970s. The olive-shaped chronograph pushers, called “navette” by Audemars Piguet are a feature of the company’s chronographs of the 1930s and 40s.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN COLLECTOR