In 1991, Audemars Piguet released the "Star Wheel", a watch that displays time via three sapphire disks. The minutes are displayed on a separate linear track in the upper portion of the dial. Produced solely in precious metals and in extremely limited quantities, the Star Wheel has served as inspiration to the likes of Urwerk, amongst other independent watchmakers.
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Est. value range
$15,000 – $25,000
The overall condition of the watch is superb. Case and bezel show mild signs of wear, with only a few hairline scratches primarily. The hallmarks and case engravings are strong, with no indication of deterioration. Overall, the dial is very nice. There are a couple of small marks that can be found on the left edge of the minute track and on the far outer edge of the gold bezel, at approximately eight o' clock respectively. However, these are only visible under 10x magnification. The leather strap and gold-plated buckle are custom made and not original to the watch.
The Star Wheel is an AP model I've always much admired. Perfectly unconventional, it was truly advanced for its time. It took other brands, such as Urwerk, several years to incorporate sapphire disks in their watches to display time. This particular model would appeal to both vintage and modern collectors alike. It is a solid example of the style, and would be a highly prized addition to any collection.