Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

28 Audemars Piguet Well Preserved Big Size Calatrava Automatic Waterproof Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Sweep Centre Seconds Silver Dial

Estimate: € 9,000 –⁠ 18,000

Sold € 11,180

Lot Description

Model: Calatrava
Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1950s
Case N°: 3226
Caliber: 2499
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Connect Audemars Piguet to the solo, albeit iconic, Royal Oak is rather simplistic. Before the advent of the model designed by Gerald Genta in 1970 and in all its more than 140 year of history, Audemars Piguet has always played a leading role in the world of watchmaking for its highly-complicated watches equipped with numerous complications such as calendars or moon phases but also for some very elegant dress watches. The present handsome and classic mid-century Audemars Piguet time-only offered here is surprising in all its essentiality. This reference 1524 has been manufactured in the 1950’s and presents the classic size, for the time, for the case with 35mm. The elegant and thin case is decorated with long downward turned lugs and the waterproof screw back. Fully realized in 18k yellow gold, it has been admirably preserved and is equipped with an extremely fine and original Audemars Piguet movement 2499. The lovely argentè dial is in overall pleasing conditions: the original color has been nicely preserved while still very sharp and shiny are the applied baton numerals in yellow gold. The entire composition leaves no space for imagination but remains faithful to the essentiality with the mere presence of thin hands in gold for hours and minutes and the central one for the seconds, now slightly oxidized. This one is true fine watch for the real connoisseurs of tasteful timepieces of the mid century.