- RETAILED BY GÜBELIN IN 1924: AN HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE WHITE GOLD RECTANGULAR TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCHMVT 27819 CASE 27819 MADE IN 1921
- WHITE GOLD
- dimensions 28 x 24.5 mm
"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.
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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."
Audemars Piguet have confirmed that this wristwatch was the first and only example of this calendar model delivered to Gübelin in 1924. Therefore, although Gübelin took possession of further examples of these calendar watches in the period up to 1929, it was the only watch that would have been known to Gübelin at the time their inscription was made.
This important wristwatch was sold for US$155’500 at Sotheby’s, New York, in 1987 against a pre-sale estimate of 30’000-40’000 USD. The cataloguing at that time stated that Gübelin confirmed the inscription to the case back.
Made during the early period of wristwatch production, this is a highly significant timepiece in the history and development of the wristwatch. The style of its rectangular case is one of the earliest ‘shaped’ designs to be produced. Rectangular wristwatch cases became increasingly popular during the 1920s and 1930s as the design possibilities lent by this new form of wrist timekeeping became more widely adopted. Such early incorporation of a full calendar with moon-phases within a rectangular case is extraordinary. Seen within this context, one can appreciate something of its "avant garde" nature. When Stewart Barr first owned this wristwatch, it would have been a sensation and one cannot help but imagine him proudly showing the inscription upon its case back to his admiring friends.
A similar example sold by Audemars Piguet to Gübelin, Lucerne in 1928 is illustrated in Audemars Piguet. Le maître de l’horlogerie depuis 1875, Flammarion 2011, p 154.