Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15000SASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15000SA
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Who doesn’t love the Royal Oak? Unfortunately, for the small-wristed among us, the regular Royal Oak is just too big. Thankfully, there’s plenty of modestly sized Royal Oak alternatives.The reference 15000 is one the mid-size options. At 33.5 mm it is much more wearable for women and men with smaller wrists. But the 15000 is by no means a small watch! Due to the Royal Oak’s angular design, the watch wears a bit larger than the dimensions would suggest.This 15000SA two-tone execution from 1996 features a grey dial with the iconic ‘Petite Tapisserie’ pattern and characteristic long hour 18k yellow-gold hour markers with tritium luminous compound. The stainless steel case, 18k yellow-gold octagonal bezel, and two-tone integrated bracelet are in wonderful condition, with beautiful bevels and sharp edges. This 15000 has just been serviced at our trusted Audemars Piguet service center and comes with service papers and an extract from the Audemars Piguet archives.
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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