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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: 14802BA
    Movement No: 391'289
    Case No: D35541 and 497/1000
    Model Name: Royal Oak Jubilee
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin, product literature, numbered hang tag, numbered "Jubilee" presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made for the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, reference 14802 was made in 1000 examples in yellow gold as a tribute to the original Royal Oak model. With a case of 39 millimeters, it was a faithful homage to the original reference 5402BA, with the biggest change being the sapphire case back which shows the movement and rotor engraved to commemorate this special edition.

    The present watch is notable for its extraordinary condition - the case has never seen polishing in its lifetime and all hallmarks remain crisp and visible. It is our understanding that the first owner in Japan had worn it sparingly before he decided to part with the watch. He had preserved all the original accessories such as the original certificate, and even the original Royal Oak Jubilee box numbered 497. The timepiece is even accompanied by its original hang tag stating it was sold for 3,490,000 Japanese Yen. Already an incredibly rare model, the timepiece is even more remarkable due to its state of preservation. With the advent of the Royal Oak Anniversary in 2022, "Jubilee" pieces will only become more and more collectible over time, representing another milestone moment in the storied history of the Royal Oak model.

    According to the Audemars Piguet archives, the present watch was sold in 1994 in Japan.

  • 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. 14802BA
An extremely rare and unpolished limited edition yellow gold wristwatch with certificate of origin, hang tag and presentation box, made for the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak, numbered 497 of a 1000 pieces limited edition

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF176,400

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Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021