Royal Oak, Reference 26022BC | A white gold chronograph wristwatch with date and salmon dial, Circa 2008 | 愛彼 | 皇家橡樹系列 型號26022BC | 白金計時腕錶，備日期顯示及鮭魚色錶盤，約2008年製
October 13, 12:47 PM GMT
320,000 - 480,000 HKD
Royal Oak, Reference 26022BC
A white gold chronograph wristwatch with date and salmon dial, Circa 2008
Calibre: cal. 2385 automatic, 37 jewels
Case: 18k white gold, case back secured by 8 screws
Case number: 0588 and F 45313
Closure: brown Audemars Piguet alligator strap and 18k white gold folding clasp
Size: 39 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Audemars Piguet Garantie, instruction manual and presentation box
The legendary Royal Oak was designed by Gérald Genta in 1972 to establish the market for high-end steel sports watches as a status symbol rather than a professional tool. While the Royal Oak has remained to be one of the most symbolic icon in the horology world, it was not only until the 1990s before Audemars Piguet decided to include the chronograph complication in their Royal Oak collection, it was the Royal Oak Offshore in 1993 and the Royal Oak “Jumbo” chronograph in 1997-1998.
Although it may be confusing, the present watch reference 26022BC is in fact the same reference as the 26300, but instead differentiating with a different reference as the 26022 is made of precious metal while 26300 is constructed in steel. Both references introduced in 2008 featured many similar characteristics, introducing with many new colour dials and as well as case, however when looked upon closely one would realized that the 26022 in semi-precious metal would feature an applied square numerals while 26300 in steel would feature an applied batton numeral.
The present watch is one of the rarest iterations of the 26022 available in the market today. Highly popular for its salmon dial, screw down pusher and well-balanced case size, the watch is retained in excellent overall condition.