Up for your consideration is this most unique Audemars Piquet timepiece, a model that was in productions in the mid 1980'.
We are not the original owner, however we can guarantee that this timepiece belonged to the same person since it's been bought in the 1980'.
This stunning watch features the most famous 2003 caliber, probably one of the thinnest movements ever created. In addition, the case is made entirely of solid 18k yellow gold (as confirmed directly by Audemars Piguet, the "BA" in the reference # / model 25125BA stands for Yellow Gold).
The case, including the crystal, measures a stunning 4 mm in thickness!
The crown is decorated with a fine cabochon blue sapphire, a final touch that adds even more elegance to this great watch.
Case # (identifies the specific timepiece): C15710
Reference or Model #: 25125BA (BA stands for Yellow Gold)
This particular Model was produced in the mid 1980’s. The watch is been completely overhauled and cleaned by a professional watch repair company, and is in proper working condition.
The leather strap, although not in pristine condition (check pictures), is original and marked Audemars Piguet.
Information about the movement:
The ultra-thin, manual wind movement caliber 2003 has been jointly developed by AP and Jaeger-LeCoultre, developing this movement from the 9ML movement; the caliber 2003 was first introduced in the 1950' and produced until the end of 2002. The operating experiences with calibre 2003 have then led to the development of the ultra-thin, automatic movement calibre 2120, which was later integrated in the AP's Royal Oak timepiece.
On July 20th 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module put astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the surface of the Moon. On July 21st, Armstrong set foot on the Moon and spoke his famous words. Not much later, Buzz Aldrin followed him. On his wrist, the Omega Speedmaster Professional.
NASA received Speedmaster reference 105.012 and 145.012 watches from Omega after the official certification for use during extra-vehicular activities by astronauts. The 105.012 and 145.012 references were used during the entire Apollo program. In 1978, the 145.022 was also certified for the later Space Shuttle missions.
In 1989, Omega introduced the Speedmaster Apollo XI 20th anniversary model. A stainless steel Speedmaster Professional that came in a special (wooden) box, an extra black velcro strap, a 20th anniversary badge and had an engraving on the case band. This engraving was either Apollo XI 1969 (worldwide 4000 pieces only but unnumbered), xxxx/2000 Apollo XI 1969 (USA 2000 pieces) or xxx /250 Apollo XI 1969 – 1989 (Germany 250 pieces).
The timepiece seen here is the 20th anniversary special limited edition made in 1989. We are not the original owner, however we can guarantee that the watch was previously owned only by one person, who bought it in 1989-1990 when it came out. The watch is in optimal working condition, it's been fully serviced and refurbished.
Although with some surface scratches, we decided NOT to have the original crystal replaced.
The case and the stainless steel band have been polished and cleaned, and are in truly great condition.
The original badge and wooden box are in great condition as well, the wooden box having some wear in the inside, as shown in the picture.
A gentlemans' 10 carat gold filled Futurematic wrist watch made by Jaeger LeCoultre, dating to 1950, in excellent overall condition. It is hard to believe that this watch is now 67 years old! The case and dial look great and the freshly oiled and adjusted movement is running strongly and keeping time.
The Futurematic is one of the most collectible and innovative models manufactured by this famous company and probably second only to the Reverso in their vintage model range . Even today it looks futuristic. It displays a chronograph style dial with two registers, a power reserve indicator and a seconds dial. The case houses an automatic “bumper” movement, especially designed for the Futurematic model. Jaeger LeCoultre was so confident about the quality of this new movement that the company decided not to spoil the aesthetics of the watch by adding a crown. Instead it has a disc on the back cover which slides inwards to set the time.
This Futurematic watch will most certainly be noticed when worn. Look at the photographs, showing off the elegant curved lugs and two tone dial. The movement is running strongly and keeping time. The power reserve is fully functional. The complicated movement also has a function which automatically stops the watch from winding when it is fully wound to reduce wear to the mechanism. And when the watch is nearly run down and is not being worn, it will hold a small power reserve so that when it is picked up it will run for a few hours without further winding.
A watch with a “bumper” movement is always in demand from collectors. Older Omegas’ had this type of movement. These two companies manufactured more bumper watches than any other watchmaker.
This fabulous timepiece has an outer minutes chapter with the power reserve indicator located at the 9 o'clock position, partially edged in red. The subsidiary seconds dial is located at 3 o'clock. Gold coloured batons and pyramid dots mark the hours, except for 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10, which show the numbers. The gold coloured hands are in excellent shape with very minor tarnishing (just a few specks). The crystal is clean and clear.
The case is in very good condition indeed, measuring approximately 35 mm across and 42 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case is hallmarked as 10 carat gold filled and signed LeCoultre. There are some (2-3) minor dings and surface scratches, but the watch has obviously been very carefully cared for through its 67 years so far.
The movement is a caliber 497, with 17 jewels, and automatic bumper movement, signed “LeCoultre Co”. The bumper unit is an early automatic movement, first seen in watches in the late 1940's, with many Jaeger LeCoultre and Omega watches housing them up to the mid 1950's. Unlike the modern rotors which sit on top of the mechanism and rotate through 360 degrees, the bumper rotor rotates through a little over 300 degrees, hits a sprung stop which cushions the impact of the hammer action and helps sends the rotor to swing back to a stop on the other side of the movement. It should be "kick started" when first used by shaking the watch back and forth gently. You will see the power reserve indicator moving out of the red as the watch winds. When it is fully wound the watch will automatically stop winding. Older automatics are not as efficient as modern day mechanisms, (and we tend to lead more sedentary lives than 65 years ago). Therefore, depending on how much use and movement the watch receives when worn, it may need manual winding from time to time by shaking the watch back and forth it for a couple of minutes or so .
Strap: Fitted with a genuine caramel brown leather strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole.