16 November 2009
Audemars Piguet. A very fine 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases
Signed Audemars Piguet & Cie., Genève, No. 5407, manufactured in 1894
Cal. 18''' SMCRV nickel-finished fully jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, swan neck regulator, wolf's tooth winding, minute repeating on two hammers onto a gong, gold cuvette with engraved inscription W.H. Baxter June 1903, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, gold spade hands, four subsidiary dials for month and leap year indicator, day, date, moon phases, lunar calendar and constant seconds, plain circular case, repeating slide in the band, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated through a button in the band and through the crown, the latter locked by a slide in the band, case numbered, cuvette signed and numbered
50 mm. diam.
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Prominently illustrated and described in Audemars Piguet by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Martin K. Wehrli, first edition, pp. 148 & 149, pl. 128a-d.
With copy of a fax from Audemars Piguet dated 16 March 1990 confirming the manufacture of the ébauche in November 1894. It is furthermore noted that the Archives do not state the date of sale but based on the engraved inscription on the cuvette and the fact that the two watches with preceding numbers were sold in 1903, it can be assumed that the present watch was sold in the same year.
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