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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: BA25721
    Movement No: 449'699
    Case No: D91691, 053
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore
    Material: 18k Yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2126/2840, 51 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet double deployant clasp stamped "W4"
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated/unstamped Audemars Piguet Certificat d'Origine et de Garantie, numbered sale tag, octagonal leather presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Royal Oak was already disruptive in 1972 when it was launched but in the early 1990s, Audemars Piguet tasked its in-house designer Emmanuel Gueit to push the boundaries and reinvent the classic Royal Oak and infuse it with new life and power. By keeping the signature case/bezel shape and tapisserie dial, Gueit managed to create a timepiece that would inspire sports watches that would follow, projected into the new millennium, but also true to its roots. The model was presented in 1993: the Royal Oak Offshore, a watch whose design and attitude were so rambunctious that it caused controversy even within Audemars Piguet.

    The first generation of Royal Oak Offshores were shortly thereafter nicknamed “The Beast” due to what was, at the time, its astonishing 42mm case size. The Offshore was revolutionary, and arguably, it established the trend for large-sized watches, becoming the norm in today’s modern production watches.

    The present example of the model is a fascinating testament to the charm and attractiveness a watch can achieve if not bothered with cosmetic interventions. Indeed, this is a timepiece unpolished but thoroughly, although respectfully, enjoyed for its entire lifetime.

    Offered completed with not only its certificate and box, but also with its numbered sale tag (showing the full reference number with 01 at the end, identifying the golden dial), this is without a doubt one of the most striking examples of the model to appear on the market.

  • 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. BA25721
An impressive, important and unusual yellow gold oversize chronograph wristwatch with date, champagne dial, bracelet and certificate

Circa 1995
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 100,000 
€51,200-102,000
$49,800-99,700

Sold for CHF81,900

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022