Audemars Piguet is a Swiss watchmaking company that has produced luxury watches since 1875. The Audemars watch, considered one of the finest in the world, is associated with bold innovation in mechanics and design and has been a perennial favourite of movie and sports celebrities. Audemars watches often sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and the date of manufacture can affect the price. However, since Audemars watches are famous for their cutting-edge design, even antique models can look startlingly modern, making the exact age hard to pin down.
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Identify your watch. Audemars has inspired many counterfeits, so you must first establish that you have the genuine article. According to the Audemars website, each Audemars watch comes with a warranty booklet that must be filled out by the retailer at the time of purchase. A valid booklet contains the case number from the back of the watch, the retailer's stamp and signature and the date of purchase.
Estimate the age of an undocumented watch. This is necessary because Audemars itself does not provide age estimates, as a general rule. If you think the watch is antique (which the company defines as being over 25 years old), you can fill out a form on the Audemars website.The information will be evaluated by Audemars experts who will reply as to whether the watch might be an Audemars, though the site stresses that only way to get a certificate of authenticity is to send the watch in for appraisal.
Inspect the watch case. Even though Interwatches.com states bluntly, "there is no certain way to tell the age of an Audemars Piguet," it suggests how to make an educated guess. According to the site, each Audemars has a sequential serial number on its case, starting with a letter. It claims that production of the F series started in 2004, and that the letter of the serial number advances approximately every five years, giving a general indication of the watch's date of manufacture. However, even this rough formula can only be applied to recently manufactured watches, since production has varied widely over the years.
Consult a watch expert. Some high-end retailers have experts in-house who may be able to estimate the age of your watch. Choose one that sells, and has experience of, Audemars watches. If you suspect your watch is antique, consult an antiques dealer specialising in luxury watches. Some online companies also claim to have information matching watch serial numbers to the year of manufacture. The website Joseph-watches.com states that it provides estimated production dates for important watch brands, including Audemars, by the movement serial number. The site charges a fee for access to this information.
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