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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2007
    Reference No: 267137ST
    Movement No: 647'817
    Case No: F98044, caseback further engraved Eurocopter
    Model Name: Royal Oak Chronograph "Eurocopter"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 2385, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet 175mm max
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming that the watch was made in 2007, 3 extra links, two rubber straps, an extra deployant clasp for the rubber strap, travel pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Whereas the Royal Oak was launched in 1972 and saw a wide array of complications added to it over time, it wasn’t until 1997 that one of the most popular complications was developed in the now iconic design.

    In the first half of the 2000s, Audemars Piguet presented an elusive limited edition 39mm Royal Oak chronograph with a “panda” dial and blue accents reserved for owners of an Eurocopter Helicopter (now Airbus Helicopter). The watch was never officially released and not available in boutiques. It is unclear how many were made but only a handful have come to the auction market in the past decade.

    The caseback of this particular example is further engraved M-KOGO which corresponds to the registration number of an Eurocopter EC135T2+ as well as a remarkable 72m super yacht leading us to believe that the three belonged to the same owner.

    Other than its mysterious provenance, the present Eurocopter is a very elegant chronograph and as far as research shows, the only other 39mm Royal Oak chronograph with a “panda” (white background and black sub-counters) dial, the other being the “Tour Auto” which has red accents as opposed to the blue accents on the present piece.

    Furthermore, originally the Eurocopter chronograph was available only with a rubber strap, the current owner had a steel bracelet added.

    A rare and attractive watch surrounded by a shroud of mystery, the present Royal Oak Eurocopter Chronograph is sure to delight collectors of rare Royal Oak models.

  • 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. 267137ST
An elusive limited edition stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, made for Eurocopter

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF63,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021