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Need help identifying L Audemars minute repeater

jabregana

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Hi All,

I've very recently joined NAWCC as I've gotten. more involved in collecting pocket watches. I've recently purchased what I believe to be a Louis Audemars minute repeater. I was hoping to ask if members of this group could help me get more information on this. The movement is engraved with "L. Audemars Brassus & Geneve" with serial no. 21542.

I was recently looking through a site I found, louisaudemars.weebly.com, and I can see that this serial number falls between examples they cataloged from 1880-1881 (No. 21280) and 1883-1884 (No. 21781). I'm hopeful this pinpoints the age of this, but I'm uncertain.

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jabregana

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It is probably in the range you surmise. The form opened an office in Geneva at about that time and went under in 1885.
Thank you, appreciate the confirmation. Also as I’ve looked through other threads related to Louis Audemars watches I’ve noted that some had 3 finger bridges while those that didn’t were mentioned as for US or UK markets. Am I incorrect in assuming that any design closer to a 3/4 bridge was indicative of particular market?
 

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I don't know about the "weebly" thing.

21542 appears in my archive. It is described as an open-face minute repeater, stem-wound, anchor escapement. Diameter 19 "lignes" (about 43mm)
It was one of a batch of 22 watches and movements shipped to F Eugène Robert (Louis Audemars' USA agents, based in New York) on 10th March 1883.
Generally such pieces were up to 2 - 3 years in the making so the production start date of your watch can be estimated around 1880-1.

The invoice price of the piece is recorded as SFr 650.00, discounted to SFr 500.00 in lieu of commission. Although not immediately obvious from the ledger entry, this price leads me to suppose that it was shipped complete, in a Swiss-made gold case. The punch marks will be better interpreted by others on this site.

As far as I am aware their movement configurations had little to do with particular markets, other than what might have been fashionable at any particular moment. My ancestors seem to have made whatever anyone wanted.

I have wrestled with the Audemars serial numbering for about fifteen years now, and I am no nearer discerning an intelligible system than I was at the start. Their serial numbers are - generally - no indication of any particular period.

For more about the history of the company I invite you to visit www.audemars.co.uk.

Paul
 
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Audemars

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Further to my last post,
I've now taken a very brief look at the "weebly" site you mention. There is no immediately apparent way to contact the compiler so I am unable to correct the glaring inaccuracy of at least one of the captions.

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jabregana

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I don't know about the "weebly" thing.

21542 appears in my archive. It is described as an open-face minute repeater, stem-wound, anchor escapement. Diameter 19 "lignes" (about 43mm)
It was one of a batch of 22 watches and movements shipped to F Eugène Robert (Louis Audemars' USA agents, based in New York) on 10th March 1883.
Generally such pieces were up to 2 - 3 years in the making so the production start date of your watch can be estimated around 1880-1.

The invoice price of the piece is recorded as SFr 650.00, discounted to SFr 500.00 in lieu of commission. Although not immediately obvious from the ledger entry, this price leads me to suppose that it was shipped complete, in a Swiss-made gold case. The punch marks will be better interpreted by others on this site.

As far as I am aware their movement configurations had little to do with particular markets, other than what might have been fashionable at any particular moment. My ancestors seem to have made whatever anyone wanted.

I have wrestled with the Audemars serial numbering for about fifteen years now, and I am no nearer discerning an intelligible system than I was at the start. Their serial numbers are - generally - no indication of any particular period.

For more about the history of the company I invite you to visit www.audemars.co.uk.

Paul
Thank you Paul for the great information! This is exactly the type of information I was seeking about the history of this watch. Also I hadn’t realized it but I’ve already visited the site you noted above had already requested to purchase the certificate that it offers. Glad to have been able to connect on this site.
 

jabregana

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Would anybody be able to recommend or highlight a watchmaker that would have some experience working on this type of watch. I’d considering getting it properly serviced.
 

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Hi jabregana,

Would anybody be able to recommend or highlight a watchmaker that would have some experience working on this type of watch. I’d considering getting it properly serviced.
One that immediately springs to mind is Doug Shuman, (dshumans on this board), who specialises in complicated watches.

Regards,

Graham
 

jabregana

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Hi jabregana,



One that immediately springs to mind is Doug Shuman, (dshumans on this board), who specialises in complicated watches.

Regards,

Graham
Thank you Graham, I will reach to Doug. I’ve also received direct messages from others that he is the goto person to connect on this. Appreciate the lead.

Regards,
Jerome
 

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