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Lot 217
  • 217

Audemars Piguet

Estimate
3,000 - 6,000 CHF
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Description

  • A RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCHREF 5012 MVT 55933 CASE 1125 CIRCA 1951
  • yellow gold
  • diameter 31 mm thickness 7.5 mm
• cal. 90/10 RS manual winding movement, 18 jewels • silver dial, black painted baton indexes, engraved Roman numerals to the brushed outer chapter ring, gold baton hands, subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock • brushed and polished case, engraved inscription to the snap-on case back • case dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet buckle

Condition

The movement is running while cataloguing however it may require a service in the near future to be well preserved. The dial is in good condition with one small scratch to the baton index at 5 o'clock. The case shows some scuffs throughout. This is an unusual example of Audemars Piguet. L.E.B. engraved to the case back
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**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."

Catalogue Note

Audemars Piguet produced the reference 5012 in 104 examples between 1951 and 1957. The first 74 watches were fitted with calibre 9/10 RS and the last 30 pieces with calibre 2001. According to our research only 98 examples were made in yellow gold.
The present watch is number 17. Its production started in 1949 and was sold on May 2nd 1952 in Mexico.
The indexes engraved on the bezel make this model very particular. This characteristic is occasionally found on several Audemars Piguet pocket watches and wristwatches.