Live now. An incredibly rare, well preserved, double-signed (Gobbi Milan), pink-gold, two-register, 33mm @audemarspiguet chronograph from 1939, with green gold dial. To suggest that AP’s early chronographs are a rarity, really is an understatement. According to the brand’s own book (published in 2018), prior to 1962, AP delivered a total of 307. In fact, throughout the early 1930s, Audemars Piguet’s watchmakers were given the freedom to specially modify each watch, reformulating technical and stylistic details along the way. These are often referred to as “pre-models”, as many of them pre-date the introduction of model numbers in 1951. Of these ‘pre-model’ chronographs, only 33 examples were cased in pink-gold, with this piece one of only four delivered in 1939. The aesthetic exemplifies the highly-refined work of Audemars Piguet’s dial-makers, complimenting the narrow bezel and svelte lugs with delicate, dial printing. An unusual, rarely-used alloy of gold, the ‘green-gold’ dial exhibits a subtle, pale green/yellow hue, altering the coloration in varying lights. Further to this, the dial also displays blued “Jonc” (bulrush) hands, with contrasting, applied rose-gold Arabic numerals. From 1933, Audemars Piguet’s chronographs utilised highly-finished, 13-ligne calibre movements supplied by Valjoux. The watch features a double-signed dial by the original retailer, Gobbi Milan, as confirmed by its accompanying Archive Extract, having been sold by the retailer on the 2nd of November, 1939. This watch was previously featured on @hodinkee’s Bring A Loupe, where in 2015, Ben described it as “ insanely cool, in nice original shape (clearly defined hallmark is visible at 9 o'clock) and for less money than you'd pay for a yellow-gold 1579 (which are everywhere) you can have something far more rare and special”. It can be found in @davideparmegianiofficial ’s archives, as well as illustrated in Peter White’s “I Chronografi da Polso”, Volume 1 (p118). Available now, with more details on the site and a link in our bio...
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