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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 15002
    Movement No: 405'912
    Case No: D-67'705 further engraved 084
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extrait de Registre confirming registration of the watch on 26 February 1997, service invoice dated 25 October 2019, credit card receipt and guaranty card.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Royal Oak reference 15002 is an extremely elusive piece that has graced the auction market on only a handful of occasions in the past years.

    Launched in 1996, it is in many manners similar to the original Royal Oak reference 5402 with its 39mm case, slim profile, tapisserie dial. It houses the extra thin automatic cal 2121 and even has a closed caseback with the case number on the back. Due to these similarities, reference 15002 could even be mistaken for a reference 5402 D series as both have the same dial configuration.

    According to scholarship, only 186 pieces in stainless steel were ever made (as well as 27 in yellow gold) making the present example number 084 one of the earliest models.

    Preserved in overall excellent condition with sharp bevels and angles to the case and bezel and a very clean crisp dial, the present reference 15002 offers an incredible opportunity to own one of the rarest steel “Jumbo” Royal Oak models ever made.

  • 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. 15002
A very rare and superbly preserved stainless steel wristwatch with bracelet

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF30,000 - 60,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021