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Auction: The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE
was auctioned on: 13 May 2017
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Audemars Piguet

Estimate: CHF60,000 - CHF90,000
ca. US$60,845 - US$91,267
Price realised:  CHF131,250
ca. US$133,098
Lot number 198, Views: 69

Audemars Piguet Ref. 5504
Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet Year: 1949 Reference No: 5504 Movement No: 54'807 Case No: 54'807 Material: 18K yellow gold Calibre: Manual, cal. 9/10RSQ, 18 jewels Bracelet/Strap: Leather Clasp/Buckle: gold plated pin buckle Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter Signed: Case, dial and movement signed Literature: Ref 5504 is illustrated in Audemars Piguet, Collector Book, Calendar Watches by Sebastian Vivas and Michael L. Friedman, pp. 38-39 published by Audemars Piguet Heritage Department Catalogue Essay Audemars Piguet’s vintage full calendar timepieces are amongst the rarest and most desirable on the market. The present reference 5504, manufactured in 1949, is easily recognizable by its large 37mm case, elongated slim lugs and date chapter ring that is printed in an inner circle below the indexes. According to Audemars Piguet's archives, reference 5504 was made in 20 pieces. Today, only nine are known, amongst which four are owned by Audemars Piguet, with one in the Audemars Piguet Museum in Brassus. The other three are exhibited during traveling exhibitions. The present lot is hence part of the 5 known examples, which are not in the Audemars Piguet collection. As such, this is an incredible opportunity to acquire such a rare gem. Housed within is Audemars Piguet’s Cal. 9/10RQ modified to feature calendar and moonphase functions, this movement was used in only 68 models divided between four different references. Reference 5504 is one of the largest calendar watches of its era, standing proudly at 37 millimeters and made at a time when the competition in Geneva was making calendar watches hardly reaching 35 millimeters, giving the present lot even greater charisma and cachet. Of exquisite quality overall, the dial, with its applied Arabic hour markers, features raised, hard enamel printing. A beautiful moonphase indicator is found at 6 o’clock, made of gold and blue lacquer. The rarity, large diameter, attractiveness, wearability and well preserved condition of this watch will delight any enthusiast of vintage timepieces. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE
Date of the auction: 13 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
Address: Phillips