Audemars Piguet - The Royal Oak 50th Geneva Friday, May 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1978
    Reference No: 4100SA
    Movement No: 187'908
    Case No: B21317.599
    Model Name: Royal Oak Khanjar
    Material: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 2123, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet extract from the register and original box with the Khanjar emblem. Furthermore accompanied by Audemars Piguet and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo co-signed Royal Oak 50th Anniversary Attestation.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1977 and in production until 1985 (but still available until 2002) reference 4100 is also called the Royal Oak III as it was the third model launched after the original reference 5402 and reference 8638.

    With a more restrained 35mm diameter, this reference was the first Royal Oak to be equipped with centre seconds, it was available in steel, yellow gold, white gold and two-tone versions. The majority of the models were equipped with calibre 2123, but some of the later creations were powered by calibre 2125 and others by calibre 2124. From 1982 onwards, at least 96 watches had their mechanical calibre replaced by quartz calibre 2506, which was originally fitted in at least 36 watches.

    This watch stands out of normal production thanks to the elegant and highly prized Khanjar emblem which stands just below the brand’s logo, at 12 o'clock. Very interestingly, we see that the name of the brand and the inscription “Automatic” have been moved down to 6 o'clock to make room for the logo of the Sultanate of Oman. The watch is presented today in its original condition, it has most certainly never been polished and the patina that the yellow gold bezel has developed attests to the fact that it has not been worn for a long period of time. Produced in 1978, this steel and yellow gold watch transmits the aesthetic codes of the 80s. It represents a rare opportunity to own a piece typical of its generation, underlining the importance on this model for the greatest collectors.

  • 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. 4100SA
A rare and very attractive stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with date, bracelet and original box made for the Sultanate of Oman

35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF88,200

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The Royal Oak 50th

Geneva Auction 6 May 2022