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Audemars Piguet
ROYAL OAK, REF 5402 STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1980
Dial: service, anthracite Tapisserie
Calibre:
cal. 2121 automatic, 36 jewels
Movement number:
197'189
Case:
stainless steel Royal Oak, bezel and back secured by 8 screws
Case number:
C1712 / B3712
Closure:
stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 39mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Audemars Piguet extract from the archives and presentation case
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Catalogue Note

Developed during the quartz crisis which strongly hit the Swiss watch industry in the late 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, the Royal Oak revolutionised the industry and created a new category: "stainless steel sports watches". The novelty, designed by Gérald Genta, coincided with the tendency for less ostentatious watches as the focus had shifted towards understatement and quality. The Royal Oak was an all-purpose watch that was the perfect fit for different occasions ranging from daily use to formal occasions.  

Inspired by the look of a diving-suit helmet, the monobloc case along with the octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet create an aesthetically appealing design that makes this watch such an emblematic model which is sought after by collectors everywhere. 

The reference 5402 can be divided up into four series, distinguished by the letters A, B, C and D before the case numbers. The present lot is from the "C-Series", carrying the number C1712 on the back. 

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