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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 25820.SP.OO.0944SP.02
    Movement No: 549’885
    Case No: F77’714, No. 344
    Model Name: Quantieme Perpetual Automatique
    Material: Stainless steel and platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Two tone stainless steel and platinum Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Audemars Piguet warranty stamped Via Col Tempo Gioelleria Orologeria, instruction manual, service invoice, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The perpetual calendar has long been an admirable asset to horology and even more so for Audemars Piguet which have been producing some of the finest over the decades. In 1972, the firm released the Royal Oak, the world’s first luxury sports wristwatch encased in stainless steel with an integrated bracelet amidst the quartz crisis, eventually saving the firm from it. With that said, it was inevitable for the two most valued assets of the manufacture to merge into one, and in 1984 that happened with Audemars Piguet releasing their first Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ref. 5554 powered by the cal. 2120/2800. Marking a new era for the coveted model, the first reference was released in small quantities with just 279 examples in total, 229 of them in yellow gold, 49 pieces in stainless steel and just 1 example in platinum.

    In 1998, Audemars Piguet released the ref. 25820 series fitted with the firm’s cal. 2120/2802 with an additional leap year indication. The calibre was first fitted in the limited edition ref. 25810 launched to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the manufacturer. The ref. 25820 was the first serially produced reference to feature the calibre. Launched in various metals and dial colors, the 39mm diameter case was also produced with two-toned examples such as stainless steel and platinum with three dial variants, including arguably the most attractive example featuring a deep black grande tapisserie dial with brushed silver registers contrasting beautifully against its mirror-polished platinum bezel. These early Royal Oak perpetual calendars are rare and highly sought after in the market today.

    The present example Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual Automatique ref. 25820.SP.OO.0944SP.02 from circa 2003 is simply a stunner. Boasting an attractive contrast between the two-tone case and bracelet against its mesmerising black dial, the slim 39mm diameter case is a trait adored by the community. Offered in excellent overall condition and recently serviced at Audemars Piguet and complete with its full set of accessories, this is truly a fantastic opportunity for collectors to acquire a rare, highly demanded and attractive Royal Oak perpetual calendar wristwatch.

  • 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. 25820.SP.OO.0944SP.02
A very rare, attractive and fine two tone stainless steel and platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, leap year indication, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2003
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$750,000 - 1,500,000 

Sold for HK$1,449,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021