Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

209 Audemars Piguet Absolutely Rare, Special and Original, Tank, Rectangular Shape Wristwatch in Platinum, With Art Deco Silvered Dial, Retailed by Cartier

Estimate: € 25,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 53,300

Model: Tank
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1940's
Movement: Manual
Case N°: 51 658 - 46155 - 019
Movement N°: 51 658
Dimensions: 25 × 34 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

A specialist in the manufacture of watches since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. People often link Audemars Piguet with the Royal Oak and often forget that the brand was making watches long before this nowadays iconic model ever came to life. In fact, AP has a distinguished history of producing exquisite dress watches in precious metals and often embellished with particular dials. Due to the limited numbers and knowledge spread, vintage Audemars Piguet remains still today a land for connoisseurs and passionate treasure hunters. The here offered lot is a stunning example of dress watch that could perfectly fit the wrist of a respectable and refined collector. The platinum rectangular shape of this case is timeless with quite a large flat bezel. This material makes this example even rarer than its usual siblings, since represents a metal back then only used for important references. The watch is in remarkable conditions considering its age, with no evident signs of wearing and very deep hallmark on the side and the serial numbers on the back. The dial is absolutely gorgeous and uncommon to find with a silvered circular shape in a square frame, that perfectly matches with the art deco painted baton indexes and steel hands. Moreover above the seconds counter is located the prestigious signature of “Cartier”, one of the most appreciated retailers by collectors and passionate and absolutely difficult to find, able to add charm and virtuosity to every watch.