• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 55

    AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXTREMLY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH BREGUET NUMERALS

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET & CO., BRASSUS & GENEVA, NO. 16977, RETAILED BY CARTIER, MANUFACTURED IN 1927

    Price Realised  

    AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXTREMLY FINE AND RARE PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH BREGUET NUMERALS
    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET & CO., BRASSUS & GENEVA, NO. 16977, RETAILED BY CARTIER, MANUFACTURED IN 1927
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, minute repeating on two gongs activated by a small slide in the band, silvered matte dial, applied Breguet numerals, cushion-shaped case, monogrammed snap on back, case and movement signed by Audemars Piguet, dial signed Cartier, case handstamped with Cartier reference number on lug
    34mm length


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    Audemars Piguet's archives confirm the present watch was manufactured and sold through its exclusive New York distributors, Metric Watch Co in 1927 to Cartier. The purchase price at the time was approximately 3800 Swiss Francs.

    Audemars Piguet produced approximately thirty five minute repeating watches from 1906 through the 1920's.

    For examples of similar wristwatches produced by Audemars Piguet, see Brunner Pfeiffer-Belli and Wehrli, Audemars Piguet, pp.254-262.

    Since its first appearance at public auction in 1991, the present watch has remained in the same private collection. Seldom used at all through its life it is preserved in wonderful original condition showing very little signs of any polishing to the case which is full and retains its original proportions reflected by the incredibly sharp edges.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.