Up for grabs is an extremely rare and historically important Audemars Piguet
According to the Certificate of Authenticity provided by Audemars Piguet, the movement and dial were ordered and delivered to Japanese market in 1960 where a platinum case was made by Japanese suppliers. It is not known exactly why this watch was done this way, and we have seen some IWC watches come to market with these Japanese made cases, but I have only seen one other AP with Japanese made case and the case shape and lugs are different from this one. Perhaps these watches were used by Japanese market as tests or just ordered in very small quantity. The reason why is still be known, but it is for sure confirmed by Audemars that this movement and dial were indeed shipped to Japan where a Japanese-made platinum case was made for it.
The case is made out of 900 grade platinum where its 90% platinum and 10% iridium. It is unusual alloy as we usually see 950 Platinum used to make watch cases and bracelets. Inside the caseback we also see Japanese hallmarks, as well as “Cal. 2002” stamped. The case, not including the crown, is 35mm in diameter. The caseback also has a serial number on outside of it, which is also mentioned and confirmed by AP’s Certificate
The dial is original, silver with arrow tip-like markers and non-luminous hands. There is subtle signs of aging, but no scratches or significant wear. The crystal has some scratches.
The movement is an AP cal. 2002 which was made along with LeCoultre during this time.
The bracelet is a generic steel mesh type and was found on the watch originally. It is not platinum nor AP signed.
As mentioned before, the watch comes with Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity containing all the details about movement and case as well as pictures taken by AP while the watch was with them in Switzerland. It took about 5 months to get this certificate and watch verified. All paperwork from AP and the box will come with the watch.