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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2013
    Reference No: 26320ST
    Movement No: 809’451
    Case No: No. 1999; H 96091
    Model Name: Royal Oak Chronograph “Khanjar”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2385, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet, overall max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed. Caseback additionally engraved with Khanjar emblem of the Sultanate of Oman.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Warranty, Authentication, and Registration Certificate dated September 22nd 2013 and stamped with the country code for Oman, instruction manual, inner presentation box, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2016, Audemars Piguet released the ref. 26320ST retaining signature traits such as the grand tapisserie dial and three register chronograph layout with an enhanced 41mm diameter case. While various dial colors were released, the blue edition was exclusive only to Audemars Piguet boutiques around the world. Executed to perfection, the reference is with no doubt admired by many collectors as the “go to” sports chronograph wristwatch by the firm.

    Now discontinued, the present example is part of the early production to bear screw down pushers and a mono-coloured dial, later generation is fitted with pump pushers and a two-tone dial. But the most striking part is the engraved Khanjar emblem on the caseback. Furthermore, the original guarantee is stamped with the country code for Oman, confirming the originality of the engraving.

    The Khanjar is part of the Omani national emblem, depicting a curved dagger (the Khanjar itself) in its sheath against two crossed swords, with the traditional waistbelt suspended across the dagger. Historically, the Khanjar would be crafted in gold or silver, as well as copper and brass, while the handle was traditionally wrought in ivory until the international ivory ban caused craftsmen to make the handles out of other materials. The Khanjar is highly ornamental and personal to the wearer; it now carries a mostly ceremonial role at important functions, worn underneath a waist belt at the front of the body. In the modern era, the Khanjar is rarely unsheathed. The emblem is ubiquitous in Oman, where it is the Omani national symbol, and can be found on Omani currency and postage stamps.

    The present “Khanjar”-engraved reference 26320ST is beautifully preserved and accompanied by all its original accessories. It is unlikely to find one offered publicly, as these watches are offered only to the rare few.

  • 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. 26320ST
An extremely rare and interesting stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with date, bracelet, certificate, and box, with Khanjar engraving for the Sultanate of Oman

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed. Caseback additionally engraved with Khanjar emblem of the Sultanate of Oman.

$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $88,200

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022