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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 257

    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 moon phases

    SIGNED E. GÜBELIN, LUCERNE, NO. 13'928, MANUFACTURED IN 1923

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    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 moon phases
    Signed E. Gübelin, Lucerne, No. 13'928, manufactured in 1923
    Cal. 18''' SMCRV nickel-finished lever movement, 35 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, minute repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, silvered dial, Arabic numerals, four subsidiary dials for month, leap year and 30 minutes register, day, date, moon phases and constant seconds, circular case, inlaid black enamel Greek pattern decorated bezel, rim, pendant and bow, inlaid black enamel initials WMH Jr. to the hinged back, 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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    With photocopy of a fax from Audemars Piguet confirming that this watch is probably part of 4 pieces sold to Messrs. Gübelin between 1923 and 1925, numbered 13'927 to 13'930. production of the present watch in 1923 and its sale to E. Gübelin in February 1924 for the amount of Swiss Francs 3,300.

    A similar watch bearing the preceding number 13'927 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.

    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.