Today's offering showcases this mens midsize Audemars Piguet with ultra thin caliber 2003 movement. Its thin white gold case and classic silver dial and hands, give it a fashionable and elegant vintage style. Our photos couldn't do it justice.
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.
Like only the very finest watches in the world - select watches from the likes of Patek, AP, and V & C, it is adjusted to five positions, heat, cold, and even isochronism. Isochronism is the amount of wind left in the movement. Most watches slow down slightly as their power reserve moves toward empty. That is not the case with this watch - it is very high-grade.
It has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It has all of its original parts and presents in stunning condition!
Its case presents as mint with only the slightest marks on the edge of the back from previous opening - otherwise it is an over half-century old watch that amazing. The case edges are sharp and the hallmarks are crisp.
Its timeless silver dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as Audemars Piguet factory done to the naked eye.
A Master Watchmaker has freshly overhauled the movement, which is very clean. Photos of the inside available upon request.
It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time essentially on par with a new AP in our testing recording position.
For the finishing touch, we have equipped it 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.: 164,296
Case no.: B8716
Year built: 1975
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K white gold
Case markings (inside): Audemars Piguet, Swiss, 18K
Case condition: Mint. The slight bit of wear around the edge of the spot where the case gets pried open for servicing. The case, lugs, and hallmarks are very crisp.
Dimensions: 31.5mm diameter by 34mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Silver, signed Audemars Piguet and GENEVE, 18K white gold applique baton indices, expertly restored
Hands: Original, white gold batons, mint condition
Movement type: Very high quality, AP Caliber 2003, hand-built, manually wound, rhodium-plated, "fausses cotes" 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, 5 positions, and isochronism, 2003
Band: Leather, remborde, brand new and unworn
Crystal: Mineral glass, vintage, excellent condition
Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has overhauled the movement.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time essentially on par with a new AP in our testing recording position.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
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.