Audemars Piguet made for E.Gubelin, Lucerne. A rare and important platinum open face minute repeating perpetual calendar pocket watch with lunar phases Case No.29906, Movement No.30907, circa 1923

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Audemars Piguet made for E.Gubelin, Lucerne. A rare and important platinum open face minute repeating perpetual calendar pocket watch with lunar phases
Case No.29906, Movement No.30907, circa 1923

Sold for US$ 35,850 inc. premium
Audemars Piguet made for E.Gubelin, Lucerne. A rare and important platinum open face minute repeating perpetual calendar pocket watch with lunar phases
Case No.29906, Movement No.30907, circa 1923
18-lignes rhodium plated 29 jewel movement with straight line lever escapement and overcoil hairspring, silvered dial with applied gold Arabic numerals, subsidiary dials for months with leap year cycle, day, date and seconds with lunar period, aperture for lunar phases, circular faceted platinum case with repeat slide to the band, reverse with applied initials RWH Jnr, case dial and movement signed by retailer, movement and case with Audemars Piguet serial numbers diameter 46mm, thickness 9mm.

Footnotes

  • The initialed reverse RWH Jnr referrers to Reuben W.Hills Jnr, son of Hills Bros Coffee co-founder Reuben ‘R.W.’ Hills.

    Hills Bros Coffee, established in San Francisco in 1882 grew rapidly after the turn of the century when RW’s industrious vacuum packed sealing jars enabled them to ship fresh coffee across America. By the early 1920s the Hills Bros. Coffee Co. had expanded into Chicago and New York where it quickly reached the number one best selling brand of the time. At the same period RW Hills Jnr was well established in the San Mateo social scene and would have wanted the finest watch in keeping with his status. The combination of minute repeater and perpetual calendar within a then highly fashionable slim platinum case would have been as rare to find in the early 1920s as it is today.

    Reuben W.Hills III, was not only a very prominent figure in the Hills Bros Coffee Co and well respected businessman but a patron of the arts and long-term member of the board of Trustee’s for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, eventually taking emeriti status in 1997
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