1968 Audemars Piguet "Extra-Flat" Vintage Mens Midsize Watch - 18K White Gold

Audemars Piguet

Item No. 7232

Today's offering showcases this mens midsize Audemars Piguet with ultra thin caliber 2003 movement. Its thin white gold case and striking royal blue dial and white gold hands, give it a fashionable and elegant vintage style.

It has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It has all its original parts down to the hands and winding crown. It presents in gorgeous condition! It has very slight loss of the finish on the back - otherwise it is an over half-century old watch that truly looks like new. It is a perfect restoration. The case edges are sharp and the hallmark is crisp.

Our photos couldn't do it justice.

The striking gloss royal blue dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as Audemars Piguet factory done to the naked eye. At certain angles of light it takes on a bright electric tone.

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."

As a mens midsize it is well-suited for someone who doesn't have a large wrist.

A Master Watchmaker has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. We have timed it in five chronometer positions, and it is running well. Photos of the inside available upon request.

For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a new leather band 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, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: "Extra Flat"
  • Serial no.: 101,533
  • Case no.: 42,751
  • Year built: c. 1968
  • Functions: Hours and Minutes
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K white gold
  • Case markings (inside): Audemars Piguet, Swiss, 18K
  • Case condition: Mint. Very slight loss of finish on the case back. The case and lugs are crisp.
  • Dimensions: 31.5mm diameter by 36.2mm long lug tip to tip
  • Dial: Gloss royal blue, signed Audemars Piguet and GENEVE, silver painted baton indices, at certain angles of light it takes on a bright electric tone, expertly restored
  • Hands: Original, white gold batons, mint condition
  • Movement type: Very high quality, AP Caliber 2003, hand-built, manually wound, rhodium-plated, "fausses cttes" decoration, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold, and 5 positions, self-compensating flat balance-spring
  • Movement markings: Audemars Piguet, Swiss, Seventeen Jewels, Adjusted to temperature and 5 positions, 2003
  • Band: Leather, remborde, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal: Mineral glass, vintage, excellent condition
  • Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. Photos of the inside available upon request. 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 in five positions 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; New timing certificate
  • 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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