Audemars Piguet. A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with black dial, teardrop lugs and box
Audemars Piguet. A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with black dial, teardrop lugs and box
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AUDEMARS PIGUETBlack Dial Double Signed for Gobbi Milano
Audemars Piguet. A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with black dial, teardrop lugs and box

SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, GENÈVE, RETAILED BY GOBBI MILANO, REF. 10198, MOVEMENT NO. 45651, SOLD IN 1942

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Audemars Piguet. A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with black dial, teardrop lugs and box
Signed Audemars Piguet, Genève, retailed by Gobbi Milano, ref. 10198, movement no. 45651, sold in 1942
Movement: cal. 9/10RS, manual, signed
Dial: signed
Case: snap back, 32 mm. diam., signed
With: period Audemars Piguet box

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Lot Essay

According to the Archives of Audemars Piguet, the present watch with applied white gold indexes and 12 and 6 was sold to Gobbi Milano in 1942.

With the ‘white’ steel case contrasting with the black dial, this watch has great visual appeal. Furthermore, very few steel watches of this very attractive design are known publically. Dating from the middle war years, it impresses by its teardrop lugs and double signed dial for the prestigious Milan retailer, Gobbi.

Gobbi Milano
In 1842, Raimondo Gobbi, a lover of horology, opened his workshop in Modena. The business was carried on with such competence and commitment that already ten years later, in 1852, the Grand Duke allowed him to boast of the appointment “Clockmaker to the Royal Court”. At the time, the sales and focus was on pocket watches and pendulum clocks. Raimondo’s youngest son, Giuseppe, helped with his technical skills to develop the firm and in 1896 he moved to Milan, opening a workshop in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The great-grandsons Aldo and Gastone worked in the business from the early 1930s onwards, making the shop a leader in Italy in sales of Swiss clocks and watches and later adding goldsmithing and jewellery.

The first workshop was destroyed during the last war. On 4 September 1949, the current shop was inaugurated, and still retains the original furnishings of the time. Currently the business is managed by Luca Pozzolini Gobbi, Gastone’s son, and by his daughter Serena. With more than 170 years of history, the Gobbi firm can today affirm with pride that it has served its customers’ families for six generations.

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