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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2022
    Reference No: 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01
    Movement No: BE7690
    Case No: GX1871C
    Model Name: Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin "50th Anniversary"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7121, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Royal Oak 50th Anniversary certificate of origin dated February 1st, 2022 in Paris, Audemars Piguet warranty card, instruction manual, product literature, hang tag, traveling leather box, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was the world’s first stainless steel luxury sports watch with a fully integrated bracelet. Designed overnight in response to an urgent request for an ‘unprecedented steel watch’, it was at the same time the most expensive stainless steel wristwatch ever made.

    The brand sought out famed designer Gerald Genta for the task, who developed a brilliantly engineered, monoblock case, with a distinctively maritime feel, featuring an octagonal bezel secured by eight hexagonal screws, and a dial with tapisserie motif. While today the Royal Oak is a legend, at the beginning it was more than a bet. It was truly revolutionary, the first appearance of what is today's most successful kind of wristwatch: the luxury sports watch in steel.

    The Royal Oak Jumbo reference 16202ST, descendant of the original 1972 model was released this year 2022 to mark the highly anticipated 50th anniversary of the icon.

    From a quick look, the watch seems fairly similar to its predecessor the reference 15202ST. Yet, one should not be fooled! Powered by the brand new ultra-thin self-winding calibre 7121, the movement of the reference 16202ST features an upgraded power reserve of 55 hours and is fitted with a new rhodium-toned pink gold "50-years" oscillating weight, which will set the foundation for the new in-house calibres to come. For this watch, Audemars Piguet also patented a new quick-set date mechanism that will delight the new owners for a simple and easy wear. Gone are the days of painful fingers from turning the crown back and forth for endless minutes every time you wished to set the date.

    Unworn, in steel and displaying the most desirable special anniversary Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50 “Petite Tapisserie” dial, the present example from 2022 is offered by the original owner and complete with its full set of accessories. This present example and reference is perhaps the perfect timepiece for collectors to acquire and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Royal Oak.

    All proceeds exceeding the cost for the consignor will be donated to charities supporting access to medical care for families in need and orphanages.

  • 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. 16202ST.OO.1240ST.01
A brand new, never worn stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, warranty and presentation box, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Oak

Circa 2022
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

CHF40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for CHF113,400

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022