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Audemars Piguet, made for Golay Fils & Stahl. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases
Audemars Piguet, made for Golay Fils & Stahl. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases

SIGNED GOLAY-LERESCHE & FILS, GOLAY FILS & STAHL SUCRS., GENEVE, 2 RUE DE LA PAIX, PARIS, NO. 26'778, CASE NO. 5406, MANUFACTURED IN 1904

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Audemars Piguet, made for Golay Fils & Stahl. A fine and rare 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases
Signed Golay-Leresche & Fils, Golay Fils & Stahl Sucrs., Geneve, 2 Rue de la Paix, Paris, No. 26'778, case no. 5406, manufactured in 1904
Cal. SMCRS 18''' nickel-finished fully jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, repeating on two hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer red Arabic five minute divisions, four subsidiary dials for month and 30 minutes register, day, date and moon phases with lunar calendar and constant seconds, circular plain case, repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through one button in the band and one in the crown, case and movement numbered 5406, cuvette signed and numbered both 26778 and 5406
50 mm. diam.

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According to the Archives of Audemars Piguet, the present watch was sold to Golay Fils & Stahl on 22 November 1904.

For the description and illustration of an identical watch bearing the succeeding case number 5407 see Audemars Piguet by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Martin K. Wehrli, first edition, p. 148.

Golay Fils & Stahl
Founded in 1837 by the watch and clock maker Golay-Leresche at 31, quai des Bergues in Geneva, the family run company specialized in the production of high quality watches for which they obtained various medals and awards. They quickly became an important asset to Geneva's economy and were recognizable amongst the best watch manufacturers of Switzerland, both nationally and internationally.

Their products comprised highly complicated watches such as an 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with phases of the moon, sunrise, sunset and equation of time, made circa 1910 for the Maharaja of Patiala.

To honour the company and their fine watches, masterpieces signed Golay Fils & Stahl from an important private collection were exhibited in the Musée de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie in Geneva from 26 May 2000 to 16 January 2001 "Les Heures Précieuses, Golay Fils & Stahl, Genève 1837 - 1940".

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