1950's Audemars Piguet "Extra-Flat" Vintage Mens Midsize Watch - 18K Gold

Audemars Piguet

Item No. 6999

Today's offering showcases this mens midsize Audemars Piguet with ultra thin caliber 2003 movement. Its thin gold case and classic simple understated silver dial and hands, give it a fashionable yet elegant vintage style.

Just as fine on the inside as it is on the outside, the watch is powered by Audemars Piguet's legendary extra-flat movement, co-developed with Vacheron & Constantin.

Released in 1946 the minuscule movement was a true feat of technical engineering. It is the thinnest movement ever created for a normal size watch, measuring a mere 1.64mm!

To honor the achievement Vacheron & Constantin presented personalized examples to several key Heads of State including President Dwight Eisenhower. Only a few luxury watches in the following decades would lay claim to this movement earning them reputations as masterpieces of twentieth-century watchmaking.

Epitomizing the essence of "'the classic watch" remembered today, watches with this styling made by Patek, Vacheron & AP feature a manually wound movement, round gold cases, understated dial, slender hands, and simple baton markers. As one writer aptly stated, "The extra-slim watch, whose style embraces only the strict essentials, has continued to seduce for its elegance and discretion."

It is all-original down to its dial, hands, and winding crown.

Our watchmaker has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. Photos of the inside available upon request.

For the finishing touch we have installed a new genuine Teju lizard band making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: "Extra Flat"
  • Serial no.: 74,654
  • Year built: c. late 1950's
  • Functions: Hours and Minutes
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K Gold
  • Case markings (inside): Audemars Piguet, Swiss, 18K
  • Case condition: Excellent
  • Dimensions: 31.5mm diameter by 32mm long lug tip to tip
  • Dial: Signed Audemars Piguet and GENEVE, light silver slightly warmed to an egg shell tone, gold applique baton indices, original and untouched, excellent condition with fairly mild to moderate aging. Please inquire if you would like it professionally restored.
  • Hands: Original, gold batons
  • Movement type: Very high quality, AP Caliber 2003, hand-built, manually wound, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, and 4 positions, self-compensating flat balance-spring
  • Movement markings: Audemars Piguet, Swiss, Seventeen Jewels, Adjusted to temperature and 4 positions, 2003
  • Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal: Acrylic, vintage, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Our watchmaker has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide

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