Gérald Genta

Vintage Reference G2801.2, a yellow gold quartz wristwatch

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Gérald Genta was born in Geneva on May 1, 1931 to a Swiss mother and Italian father. After concluding his studies as a goldsmith and jeweler, earning a Swiss federal diploma, he was recruited by Universal Geneve, one of the most renowned watchmaking manufacturers, particularly respected for its chronographs. It was here, at the young age of 23, that he designed the SAS Polerouter, a watch which commemorated the polar flights of the Scandinavian airline and which became one of the brand’s greatest successes. Following his work with Universal Geneve, which lasted into the mid-sixties, several Swiss watchmaking firms called upon the young designer. Firstly, Omega, for whom Gerald Genta renewed the Constellation collection, which was a huge success. In 1970, Maison Audemars Piguet approached him to design the Royal Oak, which obviously went on to become their most iconic model. Genta got his inspiration for the piece after seeing a diver in a helmet attached to his suit with 8 screws. The octagonal shape was revolutionary and it was the first luxury watch to be made from steel, remaining a signature of the Audemars Piguet brand to this day.

This vintage reference G2801.2 is a yellow gold quartz wristwatch, quartz movement, 18K yellow gold case in diameter 31 mm. 18K yellow gold bracelet with folding clasp. Vintage style white dial with Roman numerals.

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The watch is in overall fair condition. Case is in overall fair condition with moderate surface wear. Bracelet has signs of stretch, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Buckle has signs of scratches. Crystal has signs of scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Case back has signs of scratches. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time. The battery may need replacing at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.

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Dial Color(s)

White/Off White

Dial Numerals


Movement Type


Case Material(s)

Yellow Gold

Case Number


Case Size (mm)


Case Back


Band Material

Yellow Gold

Dimension Notes

Fits a wrist size of 6 inches or smaller.

Clasp Type

Fold clasp

Clasp Material(s)

Yellow Gold


Case, Dial

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