Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402BASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402BA
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Gerald Genta is well represented in our store with this fantastic piece!Arguably, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is Genta's most important and iconic masterpiece. This watch dates back to circa '79 and belongs to the earliest reference of this model, namely, 5402BA. This watch was introduced in 1972 by Audemars Piguet and it was an outrageous timepiece at the time but it is a true classic nowadays. It was produced in 18K yellow gold and has the original case size of 39mm. It runs on the famous caliber 2121, which was based on Jaeger-LeCoultre's ultrathin caliber 920. This Royal Oak is just how it was supposed to be according to Genta’s design. It has the original, industrial shape and details and the beautiful, dark grey tapisserie dial.A royal Royal Oak!
Audemars Piguet Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an “unprecedented steel watch.” As the story goes, he found inspiration whilst seeing a diver at work with an old-fashioned diver’s helmet near Lake Geneva. Staying up all night, Genta drew the design for a circular case with an angular, octagonal bezel, eight visible screws, and an integrated bracelet. The Royal Oak was presented in 1972 as the most expensive steel watch available and it caused an uproar: why was a distinguished maison d’horlogerie putting out a sports watch, let alone in such a pedestrian material? Some experts even predicted that the Royal Oak would put Audemars Piguet out of business. Though it took a while to catch on, the Royal Oak is now one of the most iconic and long-lasting watch designs, and has spawned an entire product line. It wouldn’t be the first time that Genta would prove a brand’s owners, customers, and industry experts wrong.