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

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1996
    Reference No: 56431BC
    Movement No: 345'288
    Case No: C81257.002
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18K white gold, emeralds and diamonds
    Calibre: Quartz, cal. 2612
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold and diamond-set Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate d'Origine et de Garantie confirming the present watch is set with 74 Baguette diamonds with IF purity totaling 10.04 carats and 508 brilliant diamonds with IF purity totaling 4.7 carats and presentation box. Further accompanied by Audemars Piguet and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo co-signed Royal Oak 50th Anniversary Attestation.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Impressive, lavish and heavy, the present watch is fitted with baguette and brilliant diamonds as well as baguette emerald markers. The Original Certificate confirms that the present watch is set with 74 baguette diamonds with IF purity totaling 10.04 carats and 508 brilliant diamonds with IF purity totaling 4.7 carats and presentation box. Given the incredibly precious nature of the watch, one can only imagine that very few examples were made by Audemars Piguet and only reserved for their very best clients. One can also imagine the astronomical retail price when the timepiece was first offered by the retailers.

  • 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. 56431BC
A lavish and impressive diamond and emerald-set wristwatch with date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

33mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF88,200

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The Royal Oak 50th

Geneva Auction 6 May 2022