Audemars Piguet, Movement No. 6942, Case No. 6942, 51 mm, 126 g, circa 1902
A gentleman's important Geneva minute repeating pocket watch with perpetual calendar, moon phase and age, split seconds chronograph with 60 minute counter and anti-clockwise moving central moon phase hand - to the best of our knowledge there is no other watch with this lunar phase mechanism known Case: 18k gold, polychrome enamelled family crest of the Dudley family and motto: ""NEC GLADIO NEC ARCU" ("Neither Sword Nor Bow"), pushers for split seconds chronograph at "11" and in the crown, slide for repeating mechanism, glazed movement. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, moon phase symbols between the hour markers, subsidiary dial for the indication of the month considering the leap year in combination with the 60 min. counter at "12", two subsidiary dials for the indications of weekday and date, subsidiary dial for auxiliary seconds in combination with the moon age markers with cobalt blue enamelled, golden moon phase disc with golden moon and stars at "6", central blued moon hand, blued spade hands. Movm.: Audemars Piguet caliber SMCCRQV with 35 jewels in "extra" quality, highly complicated bar lever movement, German silver with Geneva stripe decoration and split seconds chronograph mechanism; calendar plate and all steel levers finely ground or polished, all levers and bridges bevelled; 2 hammers / 2 gongs; finely gilt chronograph wheels, gold screw compensation balance, blued Breguet balance-spring and counterpoised lever, index spring fine adjusting device.
"A very rare and fine complicated pocket watch. The lunar phase hand runs anti-clockwise from new moon to full moon." Source: "Louis Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work. The rise and fall of a watch making dynasty" by Hartmut Zantke, Leonberg 2003, p. 486.
This watch is described and illustrated in: "Louis Benjamin Audemars - His Life and Work. The rise and fall of a watch making dynasty" by Hartmut Zantke, Leonberg 2003.
Estimate 42,000 - 55,000 €
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