Auctions: Three Audemars Piguet Watches That Stole The Show In Geneva
Phillips Lot 198 – Ref. 5504 Triple Calendar
One of nine Audemars Piguet ref. 5504.
One watch we generally knew would do well is this yellow gold ref. 5504 offered by Phillips. Audemars Piguet made just 20 of these triple schedules, the greater part of which are as of now MIA. Isn’t it simply delightful? There’s such a lot of open space on the dial, the typography is fresh and clean, and the signs are altogether very simple to peruse. It’s rich, however not in a fastidious way.
Audemars Piguet’s exhibition hall has four of the nine known models (the lone motivation behind why it didn’t pursue this watch itself), so the offer of this specific model addressed an uncommon open door for gatherers to secure one of the best triple schedule watches of the twentieth century. What’s more, that reality wasn’t lost on them. Authorities went in hard for the watch, and parcel 198 wound up selling for $131,106, more than twofold its moderate low gauge.
Original gauge: $59,500 to $89,200
Christie's Lot 134 – A Stainless Steel Time-Only
Possibly the most surprising, generally unassuming, and most delightful watch at a bargain this end of the week was this hardened steel time-just wristwatch with tear hauls. Made in 1947, it was sold two years after the fact to Bittmann, a notable Swiss gem dealer situated in the little elevated town of St. Moritz, to whom the Swiss production sold a few complicated wristwatches. I can reveal to you a couple of individuals in our group were looking at this watch before the deal, and clearly we weren’t the lone ones. The watch flew past the high gauge, and offering didn’t back off until it arrived at the six-figure mark. In the end, part 134 sold for $125,291 , and I can affirm none of us won that offering war. Sadly.
Original gauge: $9,954 to $14,930
Christie's Lot 135 – A Square Full Calendar Watch
The next parcel was another uncommon Audemars Piguet that sold for significantly more. A full schedule in a valuable white metal case with mobile drags, this IS one of the complicated wristwatches Bittmann got from Audemars Piguet during the 1920s. It’s likewise one of Audemars Piguet’s first full schedule wristwatches, and one of the main full schedule wristwatches full stop. A possibly interesting wristwatch, part 135 sold for $171,649 . What’s more, much the same as that, two watches that Christie’s idea may take $95,000 at best took in nearly $300,000 combined.
Original gauge: $49,768 to $79,629
A last fun actuality: Together, these three watches sold for more than the entirety of the Royal Oaks (nine altogether, 10 on the off chance that you check Offshores) from the Christie’s and Phillips deals combined. Not terrible at all.