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AUDEMARS PIGUET | 'A-SERIES' ROYAL OAK, REF 5402STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETCIRCA 1972

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 CHF
Sold
62,500 CHF
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Description

  • Audemars Piguet
  • 'A-SERIES' ROYAL OAK, REF 5402STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETCIRCA 1972
Dial: grey tapisserie Calibre: cal. 2121 automatic, 36 jewels Movement number: 127'694 Case: stainless steel, bezel and back secured by 8 screws Case number: A462, 67'462 Closure: stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak bracelet and Gay Frères folding clasp Dimensions: 39 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185 mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: none

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, perhaps erroneously, 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 into four series, distinguished by the letters A, B, C and D in front of the case numbers and, not surprisingly, the 'A-Series' is the most sought-after by collectors. The present example has the low case number A462 engraved on the back and comes with a rare Royal Oak bracelet made by the famed manufacturer Gay Frères. According to our research, the present movement number 127'694 was originally sold with the case A459 and was later put into the present watch with case number A462.

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