Lot 826
  • 826

Audemars Piguet

Estimate
50,000 - 100,000 USD
Sold
100,000 USD
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Description

  • Audemars Piguet
  • A FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH MINUTE REPEATING WATCH WITH MOON PHASES 
    REF 5543BA NO 11723 STARTED IN 1907 COMPLETED CIRCA 1968
  • yellow gold
• cal. 18SMCRQV highly jeweled nickel lever movement, bi metallic balance, two hammers repeating on two gongs • silvered dial, applied 18k yellow gold baton indexes, 18k yellow gold baton hands, blued steel split seconds chronograph hands, four subsidiary dials indicating day combined with 30 minute register, date combined with constant seconds, month combined with leap year indication, ages of the moon combined with fan form aperture for moon phases, outer minute track with 1/5 second divisions • 18k yellow gold case, stepped chamfered bezels, chronograph activated through the crown, split chronograph pusher, calendar correctors, minute repeating slide to the band, solid snap on case back • case, dial, and movement signed 

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by an Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity confirming the completion of the movement in 1907, with further completion and sale on December 4, 1968, a Certificate of Origin and Guarantee, the original invoice dated December 30, 1971, a restoration letter and booklet dated November 2009, and a presentation box with outer packaging.

Audemars Piguet confirms that the movement was originally created in 1907, then 'abandoned at an unknown date'. It was then finished and cased in the 1960s, and sold in New York in 1968.

For a similar example, no. 26865, see Brunner, G., Pfeiffer-Belli, C. & Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking, 1993, p.155. 

With its early 1900s movement, and its 1960s bold and angular case format, the present lot brings the viewer on a horological and design journey from the first to the second half of the last century.  One can only imagine the delight with which the watchmakers at Audemars Piguet discovered this highly complicated movement, encapsulated from a previous generation. It would be their privilege to fit this treasure into a suitably important case, just as it would have been some 60 years earlier. 

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