Audemars Piguet - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR Hong Kong Monday, May 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 5402ST
    Movement No: 128'042
    Case No: A548
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, 165 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet concealed folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Audemars Piguet service receipt dated 2 February 2013.
    Literature: For another example of an A-series Royal Oak, please see Audemars Piguet by Flammarion, page 217.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1972, Audemars Piguet released what many consider one of the most iconic designs from the last 40 years. The Royal Oak, designed by Gerald Genta, is still in production today and accounts for 70% of Audemars Piguet's sales. The Royal Oak, first cased in stainless steel, cost more to manufacture than their white gold dress watches. It is also interesting to note that the Royal Oak was introduced 4 years prior to Patek Philippe's Nautilus. The present example is numbered 548, indicating that it is the 548th Royal Oak ever produced and has been retained in completely original condition with sharp lines and facets to the case and bezel. The dial has also turned a very charismatic brown, giving this Royal Oak Jumbo enormous character and presence on the wrist.

  • 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. 5402ST
A very fine and rare stainless steel bracelet watch with date and colour changed dial

Circa 1972
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$350,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

Hong Kong Auction 30 May 2017