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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 380

    Audemars Piguet, made for Gübelin. An extremely fine and rare 18K white gold and enamel openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon

    SIGNED E. GÜBELIN, LUCERNE, NO. 14843, MANUFACTURED IN 1923

    Price Realised  

    Audemars Piguet, made for Gübelin. An extremely fine and rare 18K white gold and enamel openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with phases of the moon
    Signed E. Gübelin, Lucerne, No. 14843, manufactured in 1923
    Cal. 18''' SMCRV nickel-finished lever movement, 35 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, minute repeating on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, the silvered dial with Arabic numerals, four subsidiary dials indicating month combined with leap year indicator and 30 minutes register, day, date and phases of the moon combined with constant seconds, in circular case with inlaid black enamel Greek pattern decorated bezel, rim, pendant and bow, the hinged back centred by the engraved initials J.S.C., repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through a button in the band and through the crown, case numbered, dial signed, movement signed and numbered
    48 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by colour copies of Audemars Piguet worksheets confirming production of the present watch in 1923 and its sale to E. Gübelin in February 1924 for the amount of Swiss Francs 3,300.

    This very fine watch features the Greek meander pattern on the bezels and the bow, typical for Audemars Piguet's celebrated triple complications from the period.

    E. Gübelin was founded in 1854 and has always been a family enterprise. Located in Lucerne, Switzerland, the renowned company has been manufacturing and retailing superior quality watches and clocks ever since. One of Audemars Piguet's most important clients in the first quarter of the 20th century, watches supplied to them were bearing exclusively the Gübelin signature. This at the time common practice had been agreed by contract, stipulating the omitting of Audemars Piguet's signature, with the exception of the serial numbers.
    A similar watch is described and illustrated in Audemars Piguet by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Martin K. Wehrli, first edition, pp. 154 & 155, pl. 133 a & b.