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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 5402BA
    Movement No: 173'959
    Case No: No. 160
    Model Name: Royal Oak
    Material: 18k gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max. length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Audemars Piguet creme leather fitted presentation box, Audemars Piguet Extrait de Registre, polish cloth and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The name Royal Oak will draw any watch collectors attention because it has over the last 45 years been associated with one of the most sought after watches known. Audemars Piguet along with their competitors in the 1970s sought to attract new and old business with a more modern updated watch that was rugged, masculine and looked as stylish in the boardroom, as it did outside on a hunt. Introduced in 1972, the first ‘A’ series Royal Oak were made in stainless steel and featured a massive 39mm diameter case. While the initial response was lackluster, the model soon became a modern master, and the firm introduced successive series. In 1977, Audemars Piguet introduced the first gold model, the reference 5402BA. Production continued until the early 1980s, and the watch featured a heavy gold case and bracelet with a sporty air. The present example is nicely preserved, and a lovely example of this signature watches.

  • 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. 5402BA
A fine and rare gold wristwatch with date and bracelet

Circa 1978
39mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 400,000 
€21,800-43,500
$25,000-50,000

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