Before the first Royal Oak reference 5402 changed the future of the watch industry, Audemars Piguet had already been making some of the finest dress watches in the world for nearly 100 years. The brand was founded in 1875 by two childhood friends, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, who reconnected in their 20’s and shared a passion and vision for a great watch brand. Both men were also highly trained horologists with a depth of knowledge and skills needed to produce highly complicated watches. In 1892 this mix of passion and skill coalesced with the introduction of the world’s first minute repeater wristwatch and then in 1899 they would debut the first “Grand Complication” pocket watch sporting seven unique complications. Jules and Edward would eventually pass the business onto their children who continue the legacy that their fathers had created with the introduction of the first skeletonized pocket watch in 1934, and the debut of the thinnest wristwatch in 1946.
The formula for an Audemars Pigue wrist watch in the 1960s, when this watch was produced, was a fairly simple one. Combine eloquent and sophisticated design with world class mechanical movements and wrap it all in precious metal. This Audemars Piguet Ultra-Slim Square Dress Watch fits the mold quite well and also that of the era with softly rounded edges that evoke the mid-century design that was so popular at the time. This watch also fits the mold in terms of Audemars Piguet’s history of making ultra-thin watches. The legendary caliber 2003 movement that powers this watch is a descendant of AP’s earlier 9ML ultra-thin caliber and comes in at a svelte 1.64mm thick. With its incredible size and robustness It’s no wonder that AP kept the movement in limited production until 2003.
The 18k gold case is in very good condition. The 26.5mm by 26.5mm dimensions fit the overall thinness of the design very well. The case and caseback show a lovely brushed finish and the hallmark on the side of the case and the case number on the caseback are both strong. The case is undoubtedly the highlight of this watch.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are in fair condition. The reason for the difference in condition between the case and the dial is the accumulation of dirt and other particulates around the edge of the dial. Outside of that flaw the dial shows well with black painted Roman numerals and simple hands.
This watch features an Audemars Piguet ultra-slim caliber 2003. This movement was developed in conjunction with LeCoultre, AP, and Cacheron Constantin and was the world’s smallest movement when it was introduced. The watch is running and winding and the service history is unknown.
|Movement||Manual, Caliber 2003|
|Case Material||18k Yellow Gold|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|