Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref 15202 stee
'Jumbo' Extra-Thin Royal Oak, Ref. 15202
Stainless steel wristwatch with date and bracelet
Calibre: cal. 2121 automatic, 36 jewels
Movement number: AS9'528
Case: stainless steel, sapphire crystal display back secured by 8 screws
Case number: C'K34'26J
Closure: stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet and double-folding clasp
Dimensions: 39 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Audemars Piguet warranty card, instruction manual and presentation case with outer packaging
MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing.
CASE: in very good and attractive condition. There is sharpness remaining to the edges and nice metal-brushed finishing to the lugs and bezel. There is some very fine surface wear only. The bracelet is in very good and attractive condition with minimal signs of wear.
DIAL: is in great condition.
Please note: Condition 16 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
Developed during the quartz crisis which strongly hit the Swiss watch industry in the late 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, the Royal Oak revolutionized 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 case along with the octagonal bezel and integrated bracelet, create an aesthetically appealing design that makes this watch such an emblematic model. Just this year Audemars Piguet announced to discontinue the present reference and therefore this lot has instantly gained even more attractiveness for collectors.
Since its introduction in 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak, the Reference 15202 has been one of the most sought-after pieces on the planet. The present example stands out by its very good condition and the presence of its original accessories.