The A-Series Royal Oak ref. 5402
Extraordinary example of A-Series steel Royal Oak ref. 5402 manufactured in 1972.
Launched in 1972, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak was the world’s first stainless steel luxury sports watch with a fully integrated bracelet.
Designed overnight in response to an urgent request for an “unprecedented steel watch”, it was at the same time the most expensive stainless steel watch ever made.
Audemars Piguet sought famed designer Gerald Genta, who developed a brilliantly engineered monobloc case, with a distinctively maritime feel, featuring an octagonal bezel secured by eight hexagonal white gold screws, and a dial with a tapisserie motif.
It most notably housed the extra slim caliber 2121 based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 920, that would later be found also in Patek Philippe’s Nautilus wristwatch.
Today the Royal Oak has become one of the most iconic and legendary watch ever made.
The production of reference 5402 spanned 25 years, with a total of 6.050 examples manufactured in four different batches: A, B, C and D with small design details that made each slightly different.
The ‘A’ Series Royal Oak - which features the distinctive ‘AP’ logo positioned at 6 o’clock - is the most rare and has become the most sought after.
The present A-series example is a superb and extremely charismatic specimen.
Its 39 mm case diameter provides an outstanding wrist presence, with its original Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet taut and wonderfully preserved.
The case is unpolished and the original dial has beautifully aged with amazing iridescent gilt reflexes that spin around the dial surface depending of the angle of the light.
Also the hands and luminous hour markers have acquired an attractive deep yellowish hue.
Moreover this specific example is the one published in the book “ Royal Oak: 39 The Book ” edited by Rizzoli, which represents the world’ most important book dedicated to Royal Oak, and it will be available in all Rizzoli’s bookshops by October 2022.
Case n.: A 1xxx
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 2121
Diameter: 39 mm
Box & Papers: none
Manufactured in: 1972
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