Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402ST Jumbo Série C

CHF 86'000.00


A well-preserved and iconic stainless steel wristwatch Audemars Piguet 5402 Jumbo

Reference: 5402ST
Model: Jumbo Royal Oak, “C Series”
Material: Stainless steel
Caliber: Automatic, cal. 2121C, 36 jewels
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet link bracelet
Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
Dial: Blue
Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
Diameter: 39 mm
Circa: 1979
Accessories: Accompanied by Audemars Piguet certificate of authenticity confirming registration of the present watch in February 8th, 1979, original octagon Royal Oak presentation box and Audemars Piguet service invoice for an amount of 6’203.- dated June 10th, 2021.
Condition: Very good condition, under warranty until October 2023
Specificity: Discontinued

ID SWT: 77026025

Notes: Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is without a doubt the brand’s most recognizable timepiece. Along with Patek Philippe’s Nautilus model, and the reference 222 by Vacheron Constantin, these Swiss manufacturers sought to respond to the quartz crisis of the 1970s by redefining what a luxury watch can be, setting the world on fire with these creations over the last four decades. Released in 1972, the Royal Oak was the most expensive stainless steel watch ever produced at the time, costing more money to produce than their white gold dress wristwatches due to the difficulty in finishing stainless steel to their exceptional standard. 

Audemars Piguet commissioned famed designer Gerald Genta for the Royal Oak’s creation, 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. So ground-breaking was the concept, the brand’s competitors believed the watch would bankrupt the company, however the Royal Oak went on to become a design icon, and today accounts for over 70% of the brand’s sales. The Royal Oak housed the extra slim caliber 2121, and also used by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin in their Nautilus and 222 models.

When first released, the Royal Oak reference 5402 featured the “AP” logo at 6 o’clock, compared with later examples with the “AP” logo positioned at 12 o’clock. Collectors today denote the “series” of the watch by the case number prominently seen on the case back with the earliest models referred to as “A-Series”. This présent watch is part of the original “C” series. The watch became known amongst collectors as “Jumbo” due to the 39mm diameter case, which at the time was considered large compared to gentlemen’s dress watches of the time, most of which measured between 33 and 35 mm in diameter. 

Presented in excellent like new overall condition, and with Certificate of Authenticity , this Royal Oak is a wonderful example of the now iconic model. Its history as the first modern luxury sports watch, along with its timeless aesthetic, makes it a superb choice for the collector.

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