An early and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, tachymeter scale, and blue tapisserie dial

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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1994
    Reference No: 25721ST
    Movement No: 36'9452
    Case No: D 23899 and No. 156
    Model Name: Royal Oak Offshore “The Beast”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2126/2840, 54 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp, stamped S9
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Extract from the Archives confirming registration date on September 30th, 1992 and factory service box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are times when a nickname is given, intended to be derogatory, but is then fully embraced by the bearer of that nickname. Such is the case with the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993, whose first iteration was given the moniker “The Beast”. Research shows that as usual, the Italians, stylistic pioneers, were the first to really embrace the masculine proportions of The Beast, which in the course of a few short years, became a huge seller for the brand.

    In November 2018, Phillips Geneva had the privilege of offering one of the earliest Royal Oak Offshores to appear in public, bearing the number 39, and with the additional distinction of being owned by the designer of the Offshore itself, Emmanuel Gueit. He began development of the Offshore in 1989 and after overcoming many hurdles, it was finally released at Basel in 1993. At first derided because of its size and stature, it has since come to be widely acknowledged as revolutionary, establishing the trend for larger sports watches that has become the status quo today.

    The Beast at hand, bearing number 156 on the caseback, belongs to the second batch of Royal Oak Offshores to be produced and notably bears the Offshore designation on the caseback. With the original and extremely rare folding blade deployant clasp, which was almost always replaced during service, the present lot is a rare opportunity to find a pristine and original example of this elusive and subversive reference.

  • Maker Bio

    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. 25721ST
An early and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, tachymeter scale, and blue tapisserie dial

1994
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$15,000 - 30,000 
CHF14,900-29,900
€13,600-27,200
HK$117,000-235,000

sold for $33,750

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas & International Strategy Advisor
Senior Vice President
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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New York Auction 10 December 2019