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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 1974
    Reference No: 5402ST
    Movement No: 145’771
    Case No: No. A1745
    Model Name: Royal Oak “A Series”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet, stamped AP, bracelet max length 185mm
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity confirming manufacture of the watch on 8 February, 1974. Further accompanied by one extra bracelet link.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1972, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak was the world’s first stainless steel luxury sports watch with a fully integrated bracelet. Designed overnight in response to an urgent request for an ‘unprecedented steel watch’, it was at the same time the most expensive stainless steel watch ever made. Today the Royal Oak is a legend, accounting for over 70% of the brand’s sales. Audemars Piguet sought famed designer Gerald Genta, who developed a brilliantly engineered, monobloc case, with a distinctively maritime feel, featuring an octagonal bezel secured by eight hexagonal, white gold screws, and a dial with tapisserie motif. It most notably housed the extra slim caliber 2121 based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920, that would later be found in Patek Philippe’s Nautilus wristwatch. Today, the Royal Oak remains as iconic as ever with early examples being exceedingly popular and collectible.

    Production of the reference 5402 spanned 25 years, with a total of 6,050 examples manufactured, in four different batches: A, B, C and D with small design details that made each slightly different.

    The ‘A’ series Royal Oak models feature the distinctive ‘AP’ logo positioned at 6 o’clock, with later “Jumbo” models having the brand logo at the 12 o’clock position. This superb A-series Royal Oak wristwatch from 1974, number A1745, is a charismatic example. Its 39 mm case diameter provides outstanding wrist presence, whilst its original Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet remains taut and wonderfully preserved. The case is well-preserved, and is most probably unpolished, while the original dial is beautifully aged with the hands and luminous hour markers having acquired an attractive, light yellowish hue.

    The Royal Oak is an icon within the world of horology. Its history as the first modern luxury sports watch, along with its timeless aesthetic, makes it a superb choice for the connoisseur.

  • 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. 5402ST
An early and well-preserved stainless steel “A Series” wristwatch with bracelet and Certificate of Authenticity

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for $151,200

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022