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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 256

    Audemars Piguet. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phase and original box

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, GENEVE, GRANDE COMPLICATION MODEL, REF. 5543, NO. 12'543, MANUFACTURED IN 1969

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    Audemars Piguet. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phase and original box
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Geneve, Grande Complication model, ref. 5543, no. 12'543, manufactured in 1969
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 36 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, silvered dial, applied gold baton numerals, four subsidiary dials for month and leap year, 30 minutes register, day, date, moon phase and constant seconds, plain circular case, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronograph functions operated through a button in the band and through the crown, associated gold fob, case, dial and movement signed
    50 mm. diam.


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    With Audemars Piguet original fitted burgundy leather presentation box, "Grande Complication" instruction booklet stating "N.B. It is interesting to point out that over 500 hours of work are required for assembling and finishing the 416 "Great Complication" parts". Furthermore delivered with the original fitted presentation box.

    According to the Archives of Audemars Piguet, this watch was sold to Erbe Chronometrie in Basel in 1969.

    The present watch was ordered by the wife of the former owner, an avid watch aficionado, as a surprise for his 70th birthday in 1968. At the time, such super complicated pocket watches were exclusively made to special order and only one highly skilled master watchmaker at Audemars Piguet was in charge of the assembly and finishing of the movement.

    According to the present owner, the completion of this watch took over a year as the watchmaker in charge had to interrupt his work for a certain period of time due to illness.

    Since its purchase in 1969, the watch has remained in the same family, hardly used and locked away in a vault, until its consignment to this auction in 2008. The combination of the excellent overall condition, absolute freshness to the market and private provenance render this watch an exquisite treasure for the discerning collector.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN