Up for grabs is an exceedingly rare chronograph made by one of top brands in the world – Audemars Piguet. This particular chronograph was made in the 1940s, and was signed by the retailer – Corona – who were based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dial features a 1000 base tachymeter scale that is also in blue with matching light blue central chronograph seconds hand. The champagne dial features Art-Deco style painted roman numerals, with an oversized 6 and 12 o’clock. The case features a large winding crown, oval pushers and downturned lugs. Inside this piece is the Valjoux 13”’ VZ – that features a gilt-finished highly jewelled lever movement and a Bi-metallic compensation balance. It is unknown how many of these pieces were produced, but in our research, we can only find two other known examples – one sold by Christies in 2010 (albeit with a refinished dial), and another in the important AP collection of Marcus Margulies of Marcus Watches, London Bond Street.
This Audemars Piguet chronograph is in good vintage condition. The case does not appear polished, and shows some wear from use, particularly towards the top of the bezel. The dial shows some wear/aging, but is overall very attractive and legible. Further, please note that this watch is a “fixed bars” case, meaning the solid-gold bracelet can be removed only by a jeweler; it is possible that the bracelet was born on the watch at the time it was sold in the 1940s.