An early and well-preserved stainless steel “A Series” wristwatch
Model: Royal Oak “A Series”
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
Material: Stainless steel
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet
Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
Dial: Grey “Tapisserie” dial
Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
Diameter: 39 mm
Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificate of Authenticity confirming manufacture of the watch on July 1975, virgin certificate of origin and original presented box
Condition: Very well preserved, 100% original, like new.
ID SWT: 77026051
Notes: 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 1975, is a charismatic example.
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