- A RARE AND EXTREMELY SMALL PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WATCH 1914 NO. 14937
- diameter 25 mm
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**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.
Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."
The present example can be classified among the smallest calibre minute repeating pocket watches produced by Audemars Piguet. For another example, see Brunner, G., Pfeiffer Belli,C., Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, p. 117, fig. 89a-b. The illustrated watch is stylistically similar differing only in its gold case and slightly larger 10 lignes movement size.
Small minute repeating pocket watches are relatively rare, by any maker and almost exclusively produced in gold cases. The present pieces rarity is underscored by the use of platinum for its case and its smaller lignes calibre.
Platinum is widely recognized by makers and watch Connoisseurs to provide a clearer tonality when compared with gold, However, platinum being more costly and more difficult to work with was bypassed in favor of gold given its ready availability and ease of use.