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John,older Audemars watches numbered under 22,000
Well, we have a bit under 500 names of people who worked for the company in some capacity or other between 1844 and around 1880.they assigned the watch to their best workers and let them do what they pleased.
There was a family anecdote - possibly apochryphal - that the founder, Louis Audemars, insisted that all screws be polished to a mirror finish, including those which wouldn't be seen.The finish the attention to even the smallest detail...............are the best I have seen.
Well it's possible I suppose, but it would need a LOT of minute analysis to get there and at 76 I'm not sure I have enough time......Could the numbering be just for complicated movements like this? Separate numbering sequences for different complications?
Well, like I said, that bit was only an apochryphal family anecdote. I agree with John, you couldn't do it without variable torques and however good they were we are still talking about the 19thC..............one could conceivably accomplish this with equal torque on each screw head. It would, in my opinion, be a colossal waste of effort.