AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940

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AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH
Lunette Monnaie, c.1940

Sold for US$ 112,812 inc. premium

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13 Oct 2021, 11:00 EDT

New York

AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH
Model: Lunette Monnaie
Date: c.1940
Movement: Valjoux column wheel chronograph, No.44164
Dial: White, black baton hour markers with oversized 6 and 12 Roman numerals, back outer 1/5th divisions, blue outer tachymetre scale, subsidiary dials at 3 and 6 for minutes register and continuous seconds, polished fan shaped baton hands, blued steel centre chronograph hand
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, snap on back, crown flanked by twin pushers
Strap/Bracelet: Brown leather
Buckle/Clasp: Stainless steel buckle
Signed: Dial and movement
Size: 32.5mm

Footnotes

  • The rarity of this early Audemars Piguet chronograph cannot be overstated. Between 1939 and 1942, the brand made only 5 in steel.

    The workmanship of the dial is exemplary of the magnificent craftsmanship of 1940s dial-makers. With no applied elements, the fine printing with oversized XI and XII numerals is balanced by the horizonal axis of the subsidiary dials. The outer 1/5th divisions maintain the symmetry of the dial, while the blue tachymeter scale adds an unexpected touch of character. 80 years on, the finely polished steel hands still catch the light beautifully.

    This particular example was purchased new by the consignor's grandfather, and has remained in the family ever since.
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AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
AUDEMARS PIGUET. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WIND WRISTWATCH Lunette Monnaie, c.1940
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