NWA! Finally Going Vintage!

Feb 09, 2020,08:21 AM

I’m so happy to announce my latest acquisition and it’s been something I’ve been contemplating getting for quite some time and now that I’ve pulled the trigger, I wondered why I waited so Long !

This ap perpetual calendar calibre was launched way back in 1978 at the peak of the quartz crisis and was such a hit that it practically saved them. AP had since made many different iterations using this same calibre and I especially love this openworked skeleton QP as it showcases all the technical expertise and innovation that they have to offer at a time when it seemed like the industry would cease to exist.

They not only made a mesmerising work of Art but also the slimmest QP at the time and even though it didn’t have a leap year indicator in the first iteration of their calibre, AP found a way to set it to Ensure that the calibre would know when it was the leap year and factor in the extra day in February (just learnt that the other day too from an AP watchmaker at singspore svc cntre ! Kudos to AP svc Cntre Singapore! )

All in all, for the price in the secondary market for such a timeless complication , the precious metal case, and the level of finishing on the movement , it was a no brainer really !

Thanks for reading!

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Marvellous and congrats !

 By: karim3 : February 9th, 2020-08:48
Can you tell us what is the model and reference of this beauty ? Best regards, K

Thank you 🙏

 By: mrnoppy : February 9th, 2020-09:23
The model reference is 25668BA. From what I’m told this model was produced between 1988 to 1992 and about 98 pieces were made in yellow gold. It’s a 36mm case and uses the same 2120 movement that is being used today in the modern QPs but of course the new... 

Yup !

 By: mrnoppy : February 9th, 2020-09:52
Yes ! It’s 36mm !

I had one of these very briefly

 By: cazalea : February 9th, 2020-17:46
It was non-skeleton but same era and yellow gold. That’s a very nice piece you have picked up. Cheers, Cazalea

Beautiful and elegant

 By: watch-er : February 10th, 2020-13:01
Great find.

Great watch, big congrats

 By: doubleup : February 10th, 2020-14:09
Can you tell me more on how you know which cycle you are in for the leap year please with out an indicator? Fascinating and am curious.

As I see watch is not set corectly...

 By: edo.k : February 11th, 2020-01:47
It is on the third year and not on the leap one... and congrats... insanse piece...

Here is the explanation...

 By: edo.k : February 13th, 2020-00:23

The very BEST part of this watch

 By: PPJames : February 11th, 2020-08:18


 By: logotype : February 12th, 2020-18:59
hey. Didn’t know you’re on this forum. I follow you on IG I’m @openworked cheers

There are some fabulous vintage APs to be had.

 By: MichaelC : February 15th, 2020-18:07
I should be looking too.