The gorgeous and very rare Audemars Piguet wristwatch featured in today's offering is an exceptional ladies watch and showcases why special masterpieces from this elite maker are sought-after by women of distinction, Hollywood actresses, and any lady desiring to wear a true world-class timepiece.
It was made circa the early 1920's at a time when AP was producing far fewer ladies watches than they do today - watches this early are very seldom seen.
Its original case was made for the U.S. market and possesses a beautiful level of artistic refinement. Bejewelled with diamonds and sapphires set in platinum it has a very pleasing symmetry. It is decorated not only on the sides of the case but also even on the back showing the painstaking level of effort invested even in parts that are only seen by its owner. Equipped with a very high-grade Audemars Piguet mechanism it unites inner and outer beauty.
Its movement is very finely crafted, on par in quality and craftsmanship with only the very top tier of watches by the likes of Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, and other Audemars Piguets. Like only the very highest grade watch movements, it was originally crafted and adjusted to run accurately across five positions and a wide range of temperatures and was also designed to keep consistent time regardless of how much wind was left in the mainspring (isochronism).
It is in fabulous condition. Its stunning case, bejeweled with diamonds and sapphires, presents as better than near mint condition.
Its dial is clean. Wristwatches made this early in the eras before ubiquitious branding were often not signed on the dial.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a full page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Modern AP's don't come close to matching the charm and rarity of this vintage original.
As one of the finest names in watchmaking, Audemars Piguet commitment to quality and technical superiority is legendary. Long known for their highly-complicated watches, Audemars Piguet stands alongside Patek Philippe as one of the premier watchmakers in the world.
Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
Country of origin: Switzerland, presumably made for the U.S. market
Year built: c. early 1920's
Case no.: 29,851
Functions: Hours and minutes
Designed for: Women
Case material: Platinum diamonds and synthetic sapphires
Case condition: Better than near mint
Case markings (outside): "EPG"
Case markings (inside): Platinum, 10% iridium, 7419
Dimensions: 14mm diameter (excluding crown) by 40mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Silver with black painted radial Arabic indices, outer minute track, original and unsigned, may have been restored in vintage times
Hands: Original, blue steel "cathedrals"
Movement type: Extremely high grade, signed Audemars Piguet, rhodium-plated, "fausses-cttes" decoration, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted for heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions for greater accuracy
Movement markings: Audemars Piguet, 7 Adjustments, Swiss, Eighteen Jewels
Band: Vintage, slightly later period snake style mesh, 14K white gold, safety clasp and chain, fits a wrist up to approx. 6 inches, excellent condition with fairly light wear
Note: The length can be adjusted by a jeweler
Crystal type: Mineral glass, original or vintage, very good condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art Microset III watch timer. 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.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.