Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14486SASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14486SA
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Who doesn’t love the Royal Oak? Unfortunately, for the small-wristed among us, the regular Royal Oak is just a tad too big. Thankfully, we can still get the full RO experience with the more modestly sized ref. 14486!The mid-size ref. 14486 Royal Oak was launched by Audemars Piguet in 1988. At 36 mm, the mid-size Royal Oak is more wearable than the full-size ‘Jumbo’. Don’t be fooled by its dimensions though, it wears a bit larger due to the Royal Oak’s iconic angular case design.This 14486SA dates back to 1991 and is a two tone execution, with a stainless steel case, 18k yellow gold octagonal bezel, and stainless steel and 18k yellow gold integrated bracelet. The slate grey dial features Audemars Piguet’s iconic ‘Petite Tapisserie’ engraved pattern and long applied 18k yellow stick markers with tritium luminous filling.This 14486SA is in excellent condition and has just returned from a full service at our trusted Audemars Piguet service center. The watch is accompanied by Audemars Piguet service papers and a service box as well as the original sale papers.
Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet is among the holy trinity Swiss maisons d’horlogerie alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Audemars Piguet has a storied history of producing high-complication watches. It all started in 1875, when Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet founded the company in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, Le Brassus, Switzerland. This pure, rough and wild landscape, with deep, dark forests, ice-cold waters and the omnipresence of rocks and hills, provided inspiration and raw materials for the Swiss watch manufacture to develop the finest watches. Since its inception, Audemars Piguet has specialized in rare, valuable and highly-complicated watches like perpetual calendars, chronographs and chiming watches. Nowadays, the emphasis of Audemars Piguet lies on the iconic Royal Oak line.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 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.
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