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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 201

    Audemars Piguet. An extremely fine, very rare and attractive, 18k white gold and diamond-set skeletonized keyless lever dress watch with perpetual calendar and moon phases, sold to the Sultanate of Oman

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, QUANTIEME PERPETUEL, NO. 001, REF. 5571BC, MOVEMENT NO. 275620, CASE NO. C15921, SOLD IN 1986

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    Audemars Piguet. An extremely fine, very rare and attractive, 18k white gold and diamond-set skeletonized keyless lever dress watch with perpetual calendar and moon phases, sold to the Sultanate of Oman
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Quantieme Perpetuel, No. 001, ref. 5571bc, movement no. 275620, case no. C15921, sold in 1986
    Calibre 5020/2820, skeletonized, rhodium finished hand-engraved movement, 21 jewels, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, shock absorbers, annular brushed white gold chapter ring with Roman numerals, inner crystal plate with dark blue annular minute ring, subsidiary dials for the date, days of the week, months with leap-year indication, moon phases and lunar calendar, blued steel cathedrale hands, circular case glazed on both sides, bezel set with 62 brilliant cut diamonds, cabochon sapphire-set crown, hinged bow, correctors in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    49 mm. diam.


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    With a platinum short chain, the disc engraved with the National Emblem of the Sultanate of Oman, London import hallmarks for 1982.
    This particularly beautiful and complicated skeletonized dress watch is set with sixty-two diamonds around the bezel, the colour combination of the heavy white gold case contrasting with the deep blue of the dials and moon phase is particularly beguiling, furthermore it is in superb, almost new condition. According to the archives of Audemars Piguet, the present watch was sold in 1986 through their London retailer. Audemars Piguet’s London retailer at this time was Asprey of Bond Street, a firm very well known for supplying some of the most lavish and expensive watches to the Sultan. Audemars Piguet made several different pieces for Oman and all were sold through London. The platinum chain accompanying the watch is engraved with the National Emblem of the Sultanate of Oman. The chain has London import hallmarks for 1982, therefore in all probability it was already in stock at Asprey, subsequently engraved and sold with the watch in 1986.

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