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Any information about this watch is welcome.It works fairly accurate, physically well enough, will pass through the hands of a watchmaker and will look better.An inscription below the medals is interesting. "CONFERE PAR SM L'EMP D'AUTRICHE".What time does this clock?
The crown might be gold?The dial is made ​​of metal, and gold can be?With thanks,Mihai!
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Audemars Freres (Audemars Brothers) was a trademark of a Swiss company LIPPETZ J. Cie (Cie= Companie).
Not to mix with the famous Haute Orlogerie Audemars Piguet, these are rather generic, probably ebauche Swiss lever movements.
I estimate this watch from the early 20th century.

The crown is definitely not made of gold, possibly gold filled.
In general it makes no sense to produce a crown out of gold as gold is a soft material and the crown is a part engaged with manual friction over a long period and would worn out easily.
If made at all, that would be done with all gold contents watches and certainly it is not a custom made with gun metal cases.

The inscription or insignia you mentioned simply means it is 'favored' (Confirmed) by the Emperor/Empress of Austria. It does not explain to which extent;
It may well be that the Empress of Austria received a sample and liked it and sent them a thank you letter;
That teaches us above all that the watch was made before WW1 was over.
But those inscriptions are also found on many Danish cookies with reference to the Danish court and various British products with reference to HM the queen.
That does not set any quality standard of course and is used primarily for PR purposes.
 

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Thanks for the info!Of course that has nothing to do with Audemars Piguet, already had learned that,our friend "google" is helpful.Crown intrigue me because he tried to find out if someone is golden, intervention is seen in the picture.L'inscription question about the EMP D'AUTRICHE was referring to the production period.Austrian Empre is distinct from the Austro-Hungarian Empire,from what I know.However it is an interesting watch,that will look better after servicing specialty.All the best!
 
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