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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS/Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet, Reference 1533

11.01.15

The Geneva Watch Auction: TWO
7 & 8 November 2015, La Reserve
HIGHLIGHT: LOT 234

Audemars Piguet vintage chronograph wristwatches are amongst the rarest wristwatches one can find, with only 286 examples made between the 1930s through the 1950s.

The present example made in 1941 is exceedingly rare, as it is oversized for the time period and encased in both steel and pink gold. According to the Audemars Piguet archives, only three stainless steel and gold chronograph wristwatches with the present case design were manufactured in 1941 and later sold in 1943, and the example offered here is the only one with such a rose-champagne colored dial.

The dial also features a stunning and over-the-top art deco "12", three subsidiary dials and a tachometer scale around the outer rim of the dial. A beautiful subtlety is the number "45" printed above the 15 minute mark inside the 30-minute register to allow the wearer to record up to 45 minutes. The teardrop lugs are elegantly designed, adding contrast to the dial and pink gold bezel, oval-shaped pushers and crown.

This watch is presented in exceptional overall condition, and is a rare find for any vintage chronograph collector.

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