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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1993
    Reference No: 14813BC.ZZ.0789BC.06
    Movement No: 387'354
    Case No: D16'988
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2225, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k white gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 220mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp stamped "012"
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract de Registre confirming sale on 2nd January 1993,Timepiece life & Care booklet, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Royal Oak was a breakthrough from what the creations of traditional Swiss watch manufacturers looked like up until the early 1970s, it was instrumental in paving the way to luxury steel watches.

    However, through the past (almost) 50 years of its existence the Royal Oak has was made in more luxurious versions like the present example. Audemars Piguet didn’t take any short cuts in designing this watch as an incredibly glamorous version of its iconic sports/luxury watch.

    The hefty white gold case is in absolutely superb condition with strong crisp bevels and deep hallmarks on the caseback. The bezel is delicately set with diamonds but the star of the show, so to speak, is the drop dead gorgeous aventurine dial, a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that make the dial resemble a starry night sky giving the watch a theatrical and sophisticated appearance.

    According to Audemars Piguet reference 14813's was made with 12 different dials, the most common being the version with lapis lazuli.

  • 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. 14813BC.ZZ.0789BC.06
A very rare and uncommon white gold and diamond set wristwatch with bracelet, date and aventurine dial

1993
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 45,000 
€23,200-41,700
$27,200-49,000

Sold for CHF75,600

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020