100 Years of Wristwatches

Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Nov 19, 2000

LOT 54

Audemars Piguet retailed by E. Gübelin,Lucerne, No. 27819, especially made in 1924for L. Stewart Barr.Very important and unique, early astro-nomical,rectangular, 18K white goldgentleman's wristwatch with triple date, theage and the phases of the moon.

CHF 70,000 - 80,000

USD 40,000 - 50,000

Sold: CHF 74,750

C. two-body, solid, polished, beveled bezel,dedicated on the back '. D. satiné silver withpainted Arabic numerals, auxiliary dials for thedays of the month, of the week and the months,graduation for the age of the moon, aperture forthe moon phases. 'Breguet' blued steel hands.M. Cal. 10''' rhodium plated, 'fausses côtes'decoration, 18 jewels, lever escapement, cutbimetallic balance, 7 adjustments, Breguetbalance spring.Dial, case, and movement signed.Dim. 25 x 26 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3 - 5*
Dial: 3 - 6 - 01


Engraved on the back of the watch: 'This is thefirst calendar wristwatch ever made by us and Ibelieve it to be the only one in existance.' E.Gübelin, Lucerne 1924, Switzerland.Our research indicates that the inscription on theback of the watch is absolutely true. Indeed, nowatches with triple date indication and moonphases, of these small dimensions, are known tohave existed before this one, making this watchextremely rare and unusual.