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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1973
    Reference No: 5402ST
    Movement No: 127'082
    Case No: 67840 and caseback further stamped A840
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp stamped 1.72
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming sale of the present watch in 1973 to Switzerland and the movement 127082 was originally fitted in case number 67038, Royal Oak A38. It was changed to the current case sometimes before year 2000.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Audemars Piguet's introduction of the Royal Oak marked the beginning of the luxury sports watch market we know today. Launched in 1972 at Basel Fair, it caused an immediate sensation as the watch industry had never seen anything comparable before. It was at the time the most expensive steel wristwatch available. It most notably housed the extra slim caliber 2121 based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre cal. 920, that would later be found in the Nautilus wristwatch. Today, the Royal Oak remains as iconic as ever, with early examples being exceedingly popular and collectible.

    Known as the "A Series", the present watch is the original Royal Oak model produced in the 1970s. According to Audemars Piguet Archives, the movement 127082 was originally fitted in case number 67038, Royal Oak A38. It was changed to the current case sometimes before year 2000.

    Preserved in excellent condition, it displays thick bevels, crisp finishes and even its original Gay Frères bracelet stamped for 1972.

  • 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. 5402ST
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet

1973
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€27,300-45,500
$32,900-54,800

Sold for CHF69,300

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021