Sunday Reads: Stopping Time with the Vintage Audemars Piguet Chronograph

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Audemars Piguet has been crafting exceptional chronograph watches since our origins in 1875. Accurately measuring the passage of time has been an essential tool in virtually all aspects of life: exploration, navigation, science, military, medicine, sports, racing and, recreation.

From 1930 through 1950, Audemars Piguet produced a very limited number of chronograph wristwatches – a total of only 286 examples were made during this 20 year period. Sold between 1934 and 1961, these 286 chronographs epitomize Audemars Piguet’s tremendous creative diversity with varying dimensions, stylized case and lug designs, beautiful dial finishes and exceptional column wheel chronograph movements.

Vintage Audemars Piguet chronograph watches have become highly sought after within the collecting community, and unusual, well preserved examples typically result in passionate bidding wars when they do appear at auction. They are also amongst the rarest of high end vintage chronographs of the period as they were produced in very limited quantities compared to chronographs from other principal watch manufactures.

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