Lot 50
  • 50

Audemars Piguet

7,000 - 9,000 USD
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  • GOLD
  • length 37 mm
• gilt lever movement, mono-metallic compensation balance within titanium one-minute tourbillon carriage, 32 jewels, signed platinum-iridium alloy pendulum oscillating weight for automatic mechanism • gilt guilloché dial with sun-burst pattern, matte chapter ring, aperture at 11 o'clock to reveal the tourbillon, aperture at 6 o'clock to reveal the mock pendulum • slim case, back movement plate acting as case back, set with winding crown, revealing six jewels • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k gold Audemars Piguet buckle


Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.


The movement of this watch is not running. The balance staff of the watch is broken and it will require restoration - it is expected that the repair of this watch will be a minimum of $2000 and we recommend that you consult your own watchmaker for service quote in advance of bidding. The case of this watch is in excellent condition with a fine patina. The strap of this watch contains endangered species; please see Important Notices for further information.
"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

Accompanied by two additional straps, additional buckle, tie-tag, product literature, fitted presentation box and packaging. Further accompanied by original sales receipt.

Upon its debut in 1986, this model became the world's first automatic tourbillon wristwatch and also the thinnest wristwatch to contain these complications. Furthermore, its manufacture represented the first instance of a tourbillon constructed from titanium.

This model is illustrated in Brunner, G., Pfeiffer-Belli, C. and Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, pp. 274-5.