Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

New York, Sep 24, 2003

LOT 250

Audemars Piguet, Genéve, No. 125184, caseNo. 65209. Produced in 1971.Very fine, 18K white gold and diamonds, skeletonized, keyless dress watch.

USD 10,000 - 12,000

EUR 9,000 - 11,000

Sold: USD 10,350

C. Three-body with stepped bezel, glazed on both sides, diamond-set front bezel and bow. D. Roman numerals engraved on the case. "Feuille" blued steel hands. M. Cal. 5017,37.5 mm (17'''), gilt bass, skeletonized and hand-engraved, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 8 positions, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, "Incablock" anti-shock protection on the balance pivots.Case and movement signed.Diam. 48 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Audemars Piguet began experimenting with skeletonized watches in the1920's. In 1971 the company launched a small series of 32 dress watches with skeletonized movements based on calibre 5017. In the subsequent years five more small series were made ending in 1975. The production in 1971 started with serial number 125181. Thus, the present watch is only the fourth one made by the company. A virtually identical watch was chosen by Gisbert L. Brunner, Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, and Martin K. Wehrlii to represent the company's achievements in their book Audemars Piguet, München, 1993, p. 91.