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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1972
    Reference No: 5402 ST
    Case No: A 1611
    Model Name: Royal Oak 'A Series'
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet, max. length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Audemars Piguet green leather octagonal presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 1970s was a decade of turbulence in politics, culture, fashion, and even horology. The traditional role of watchmaking was giving way to quartz powered movements, and haute horologie needed new avenues to attract old customers as well as new. Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak was a model, which was masculine, sporty and fit with a growing recreational lifestyle. While sales were sluggish in the beginning, the Royal Oak today is an icon amongst so many others. The stainless steel monoblock case, with integrated bracelet and octagonal bezel has a maritime feel, and is a pleasure to behold when wearing.

    This Royal Oak is in excellent original condition, with sharp lug bevels and original factory finish. The dial with the ‘AP’ logo at the six position denotes its early ‘A Series’ designation. The dial is beginning to go ‘tropical’ with a warm brownish hue appearing in the upper quadrant. A well preserved example, this timepiece makes an excellent addition to collection based on icons.

  • 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. 5402 ST
A rare and highly attractive stainless steel wristwatch with 'tropical dial', date and integrated bracelet

1972
39mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 
€21,800-32,600
$25,000-38,000

Sold for HK$325,000

Contact Specialist
Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FIVE

Hong Kong Auction 28 November 2017