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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1999
    Reference No: 25770ST.OO.D009XX.04
    Movement No: 461'767
    Case No: E16110.747
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2226/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet fitted presention box, outer packaging and Certificate of Origin.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Inspired by Gerald Genta's Royal Oak model, Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Offshore provides a modern and robust update to the iconic model. Made to withstand the elements, the "Offshore" is durable, sporty and incredibly compact. First unveiled at Basel Fair in 1993, the Offshore was different from anything else that was offered on the market. Indeed, industry insiders at the time playfully, and aplty, dubbed the watch “The Beast”. While large wristwatches are commonplace today, Audemars Piguet arguably set the precedent for producing now-ubiquitous oversized wristwatches, inspiring a trend that is very much in-vogue today.

    The present watch, featuring a "Ferrari" red tapisserie dial, is an incredibly striking example of the Royal Oak Offshore. The watch is furthermore accompanied with a matching "Ferrari" red leather strap. Boasting a robust 42.5 millimeter case diameter, the watch has so much presence on the wrist. It is interesting to note that this watch is a relatively early Royal Oak Offshore. It without a doubt set the standard for the model's successors. Complete with its original guarantee and fitted presentation box, the present watch is an attractive and conspicuous alternative to the classic Royal Oak wristwatch.

  • Artist Biography

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.

    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Ref. 25770ST.OO.D009XX.04
A fine, rare and large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, red dial, fitted presentation box and original certificate

42.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF23,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017