Audemars Piguet

Retailed by Bulgari: Royal Oak 'Jumbo', Reference 5402SA A stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 1978 | 零售商為寶格麗:愛彼 | Royal Oak 'Jumbo' 型號 5402SA 精鋼及黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,製作年份約 1978

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Audemars Piguet

Retailed by Bulgari: 

Royal Oak 'Jumbo', Reference 5402SA

A stainless steel and yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet 

Circa 1978


Royal Oak 'Jumbo' 型號 5402SA 精鋼及黃金鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示,製作年份約 1978

Dial: grey tapisserie

Calibre: cal. 2121/1 automatic, 36 jewels 

Movement number: 172'054

Case: stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, back secured by 8 screws

Case number: 84, B14'718

Closure: stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet bracelet and folding clasp 

Size: 39 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 195 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement 

Box: no

Papers: no

Accessories: none

Debuted in 1972, the Audemars Piguet reference 5402 is nothing short of a masterpiece. The forefather of iconic bracelet watches, it is a watch every collector aspires to obtain and arguably the best bracelet watch ever produced. Upon its release, the Royal Oak was the most expensive stainless-steel watch ever made, costing more to manufacture than their gold dress wristwatches due to the incredible amount of work put into the finishing. Bearing the nickname “Jumbo”, the case is 39 mm in diameter which is colossal in comparison to the dress watches of the 70s. We can attribute this new, larger size to why it notably got off a slow start in sales. Not to mention Audemars Piguet’s signature Petite Tapisserie dial that was perfectly executed by a precision metalwork chisel, forming the futuristic, and most unprecedented watch across the industry. This particular dial is signed Bulgari. Even more impressive is that the legendary caliber 2121 was once the thinnest automatic movement with a central rotor and date function, making the watch sit comfortably on the wrist. Audemars Piguet used the same caliber for nearly 50 years including the recently discontinued successor, the reference 15202.