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Auction Ended
11/16/22
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Lot #1743

Audemars Piguet Screwback Automatic Steel 5273

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Introduction

Understated in its design, the Audemars Piguet ref. 5273 is a round 34mm stainless steel timepiece with one of Audemars Piguet’s most historically important movements powering it. Working with fellow watchmakers Jaeger LeCoultre and Vacheron Constantin since 1966 to develop an ultra-thin automatic movement, Audemars Piguet was able to release one of the world’s thinnest automatic movements in 1967. Famed for featuring a peripheral winding rotor that rides a rail along the outside of the movement, the cal. 2120 was able to achieve a 2.45mm thickness which was a record that remained intact until the new millennium. Used in the Royal Oak in 1972, the cal. 2120 has proven to become one of Audemars Piguet’s most historically important movements and thus, by extension, the ref. 5273 remains incredibly valuable to the brand’s heritage.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$4,000 – $6,000

The Details

Brand

Audemars Piguet

Dimensions

34mm

Model

Vintage

Movement

Self-Winding Caliber 2120

Reference

5273

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

1970s

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Grey

THE DIAL

Boasting a wonderful grey dial, this example's aesthetic is entirely monochromatic as its stainless steel construction and dial blend into one.

THE MOVEMENT

Housed underneath the screw-down caseback is the legendary 2120. The very same ultra-slim movement that powers the Royal Oak 5402 and Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in excellent overall condition. There are light signs of wear on the surface of the lugs and caseback. Unusual grey dial with contrasting center is in excellent condition, showing light oxidation around a few of the indexes. The watch is fitted on a generic leather strap with generic buckle.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.

Our Perspective

An underappreciated alternative to a Patek Philippe Calatrava, the AP 5273 houses arguably one of the most important movements of the 20th century. Its slim profile and screwback case design make it perfect daily wear watch.

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