Georges Edouard Piaget founded Piaget in 1874 not as a watch brand but as a maker of extremely fine and precise watch movements. His fame quickly spread, and his movements found their way into some of the finest watches of the day. This is usually the point where the company would take its movements and quickly start to make their own watches, but that is not what happened here. Piaget had a singular focus, and even when Georges’ son, Timothee, took over in 1911, they doubled down on this focus of producing high-quality movements. It would take the third generation, Georges’ grandsons Gerald and Valentin, to push the brand to create their first watch in 1943, nearly 70 years after the company was founded. Luckily, the introduction of the watch brand did not come at the expense of quality and finishing. With movements still top of mind, Piaget found a specialty in producing ultra-thin watches. In 1957 they launched their famous hand-wound calibre 9P which came in at only 2mm thick. They then quickly followed that up with the self-winding Calibre 12P which came in at only 2.3mm. For reference, a nickel is 2mm thick (or should we say thin). Piaget continues to focus on quality, and over the years has produced some notable models such as the Polo, Altiplano, and Emperador just to name a few. Another interesting fact about Piaget is that until very recently (2002), they had exclusively made watches out of precious metals. No steel, no gold plating, just gold, and platinum. It doesn’t get classier than that.
Piaget is a classic high-end Swiss watch manufacturer, and this particular piece is a solid example of the types of watches that they are known for. Its noteworthiness comes not from its ostentatious design, but rather from its beautiful restrain and simplicity. This grace and simplicity remind us of another watch, the Cartier Tank, and some of its variations that have become so popular in the watch community over the last couple of years. The eagle-eyed reader will notice the roman numerals, railroad minute divisions, sculpted hands, and sapphire adorned crown as similarities between the two. The Cartier’s of the same era are great watches, but we think that this piece has a few legs up on those. The first is a solid gold case, the second is a slightly larger size at 26mm by 31mm, and the last is a far superior movement in the calibre 9P2. The 9P was introduced in 1957, and at the time was one of the world’s slimmest manual-wind movements. Its successor, the 9P2, is only 0.15mm thicker but is arguably more durable. For such a small movement it has shown to be amazingly robust and its finishing is indicative of the Piaget quality of the time.
The 18k gold case of this Piaget measures 26mm wide by 31mm tall which is similar in size to the modern large Cartier Tank. Overall condition is good with scratches throughout the case from wear over its lifetime. The watch was recently serviced and the decision was made not to polish the watch, but rather leave that decision to the new owner. The watch features a sapphire crystal and a sapphire adorned winding crown which are both original to the watch as is the case back. Additionally, The watch comes on its original, Piaget signed leather strap and signed matching 18k gold buckle.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are in overall good condition. There are some light scratches at the bottom of the dial between the five and seven markers that should be noted as well as a scratch that has taken off part of the roman four. The hands are in excellent condition.
This watch features the venerable P92 manually wound movement. The watch is running well and comes with a 1-year warranty from the recent service.
|Movement||Manual, Piaget P92|
|Case Material||18k Yellow Gold|
|Band Material||Original Leather Strap|
|Clasp Type||18k Yellow Gold Buckle|