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Leap Year question of Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar

  1. qboa Aug 23, 2020

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    Dear all,
    I am curious about some AP models (e.g., Ref.5548 & Ref.25657 ) that, without a leap indicator, can these models handle leap year?
    Or the user needs to manually adjust it every four years?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Marsimaxam Aug 23, 2020

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  3. Evitzee Aug 23, 2020

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    Many early perpetual calendar wristwatches, including Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, did not have a leap year indicator but that has no effect on their ability to handle the Feb 29 issue every four years.

    Here is my AP perpetual calendar (Ref. 25682) from 1992.....full perpetual calendar as indicated on the back of the case. Just keep it wound and it'll do its thing month after month, year after year.
     
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  4. pongster Aug 23, 2020

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    ^ nice

    but without the leap year indicator, it’s a trial and error on feb 29/mar 2 when setting it?
     
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  5. Evitzee Aug 23, 2020

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    I had it last overhauled about three years ago, and assumed the AP Service Center set the correct year. They did, it showed Feb 29th this year. As long as it is in your possession there is no need to fret about the correct year.
     
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  6. qboa Aug 23, 2020

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    Do you mind revealing the range of service fees of a perpetual calendar in the AP Service Center?
    Just would like to have a rough idea about the maintenance cost ;)

     
  7. Evitzee Aug 23, 2020

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    About $1,500 for a basic overhaul, extra if any significant parts are needed. Case refinishing not included.
     
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  8. Marsimaxam Aug 24, 2020

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    A bargain compared to Patek’s $2,500.00. Of course, JP Morgan once said, “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.”
     
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  9. pongster Aug 29, 2020

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    once set properly i agree.

    but if somebody messes up the settings. :)
     
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  10. slwoodster Sep 4, 2020

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    Beautiful. Great to see something other than Royal Oaks.
     
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  11. Walrus Sep 4, 2020

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    That truly is very nice looking.
     
  12. MtnMarine Nov 16, 2020

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    Im not usually a fan of square/rectangle watches, but that one is very nice!