According to the Archives of Audemars Piguet, the present watch with 14K gold case and numerals on the bezel was produced in 1920 and sold to Margraf & Co. in Berlin in 1936.
This exceptionally rare and attractive dress watch from the 1930s stands out by a combination of unusual features hardly found in any other of Audemars Piguet's timepieces from the period: a 14K gold case as opposed to the more common 18K, the unusual case design featuring engraved Roman numerals on the enlarged bezel, and most notably the highly exclusive dial, triple-tone with a variety of different surface finishes ranging from matte to mirrored. Consigned by a private collector and fresh to the market, the watch is furthermore preserved in very good original overall condition.
It is interesting to note that a "Calatrava" wristwatch by Patek Philippe featuring a unique three-tone silvered sector dial with black hard enamel chapter ring for the hours, bordered by railway minutes and half seconds tracks, all surrounded by a silver gloss ring, in design comparable to the present dial, was delivered to Margraf in Berlin in 1935 (sold in this saleroom on 12 May 2008, lot 378).
The prestigious jeweller Margraf located on Berlin's boulevard Unter den Linden, created and retailed superior quality watches, jewellery and silver from around the mid-19th century until the late 1930s. The jeweller of choice of numerous German noble families, Margraf was also commissioned with the acquisition and the sale of high quality jewellery, notably for members of the Von Mecklenburg dynasty.