Gold Audemars Piguet Quantième Pérpétuel Automatique Ref. BA 5548 No. 274 vintage wristwatch, made in 1980
A very fine 18ct yellow gold automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon-phases, original numbered certificate, instructions, 18ct gold twin folding buckle, gold setting pin, presentation case and card outer box
This watch was originally purchased by the film director Richard Lester. Amongst other films, Richard Lester directed the Beatles Films: “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” as well as other classic films including: “The Three Musketeers” and “Superman III”. The Audemars Piguet certificate which accompanies this watch confirms Richard Lester as the original owner.
Audemars Piguet’s ‘Quantième Pérpétuel’ created a sensation when it was first presented at the Basel Watch Fair in 1978. Upon its release, the model boasted the world’s thinnest movement with automatic perpetual calendar and moon-phases. Comprising a total of 292 parts, the movement, known as calibre 2120 QP, had a thickness of just 4.05mm. During a period of rapid change within the watch industry brought about by the threat of the electronic wristwatch, the sophistication and refinement of this mechanical movement reinforced Audemars Piguet’s commitment to the art of fine watchmaking, whilst simultaneously cementing their position at the pinnacle of horology. The movement incorporates 36 jewels and is sensationally finished with decorative wave-form patterns to the movement plates. The automatic rotor is edged with 21ct gold to increase its velocity and, thereby, its efficiency.
An extract from the accompanying Audemars Piguet literature describes some of the extraordinary attention to detail in the movement’s manufacture thus: “The tiniest wheel of a Perpetual Calendar is thus polished three times. First with diamond paste, then with the pith from an elder tree, and finally with the softest doeskin cloth. Each time by hand. Such care is justified only for an horological masterpiece”
Made in 1980, the present watch, numbered 274, belongs to the first generation of the model’s production and was sold at Les Ambassadeurs in Zurich on 9th November, 1982. The watch remains in outstanding condition and is complete with:
Numbered and dated Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin and Guarantee
Illustrated Calendar adjustment instruction and Service booklet
Original Audemars Piguet green presentation case
Original Audemars Piguet leather strap with 18ct yellow gold twin folding clasp
18ct white gold Audemars Piguet setting pin for calendar adjustment
This important model is illustrated and described in: Brunner, G., Pfeiffer-Belli, C., & Wehrli, M., Audemars Piguet, Masterpieces of Classical Watchmaking, Second Edition, 2000, p.67 & p.272, pl.457
Audemars Piguet calibre 2120 QP automatic movement, lever escapement, 36 jewels, mono-metallic balance, 19,800 BPH, Kif shock absorber; white dial, applied gold baton numerals, three subsidiary dials for day, month and date indication, aperture for moon-phases with graduation for moon age above, outer minute track; 18ct yellow gold case with polished double stepped bezel, satin finished case sides with pushers for calendar adjustment, down-turned lugs, snap-on satin finished case back, sapphire crystal; case, dial and movement signed. The accompanying 18ct white gold setting pin and 18ct yellow gold twin folding clasp further signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 36mm
Length including lugs: 38.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 7mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 20mm
This wristwatch has been examined, timed and tested by our watchmakers and is guaranteed for a period of one year. In addition to the accompaniments listed above, the watch will be sold with a detailed Black Bough certificate.