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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 1985
    Reference No: 25594/477BA
    Movement No: 289’721
    Case No: 879
    Model Name: Royal Oak Day-Date Moonphase
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2224/2825, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Audemars Piguet folding clasp
    Dimensions: 36mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Audemars Piguet guarantee stamped Desco (HK) LTD., leather passport holder, hang tag, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Having already launched the Royal Oak in 1972, being the first luxury stainless steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet by the firm, the Royal Oak was developed into a diverse series of timepieces offering collectors a series of complications to adopt. In 1985, the firm released the ref. 25594 featuring a sleek 36mm diameter case with a calendar function indicating the day, date and moon phases.

    An extremely handsome timepiece, collectors in recent times have been striving to get their hands on early and interesting Royal Oaks, and this is with no exception a hidden gem. Practical yet retaining its iconic traits further enhanced with its vintage appeal, the dial is finished with its signature petite tapisserie patterns as witnessed on their early Royal Oak models as well as featuring its original unsigned crown. Fitted with an elegant integrated bracelet, the folding clasp is of the early “blade” style featured in Royal Oak timepieces manufactured approximately from 1972 to the mid-1980s.

    The present example Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 25594BA fitted with a cream dial is a sight to behold as it is accompanied by its original guarantee and fitted presentation box as well as its original numbered hangtag. Preserved in excellent overall condition with no signs of polishing from the past, this is truly a specimen of the reference for collectors to acquire and admire.

  • 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. 25594/477BA
A fine and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with bracelet, day and date registers, moonphase, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1985
36mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$200,000 - 400,000 

Sold for HK$378,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021