Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300STSold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300ST
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The 15300 is a modern reinterpretation of the original ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak.The 15300 features the iconic stainless steel octagonal case in the ‘Jumbo’ 39 mm size as the original 5402 Royal Oak from 1972, but with a slightly thicker case (9.4 mm). The integrated stainless steel bracelet is decidedly modern, with a solid-link construction and sturdy butterfly clasp that give the watch some extra heft.This 15300 dates back to 2009 and features a navy-blue dial with Audemars Piguet’s iconic engraved ‘Grande Tapisserie’ pattern, long applied 18k white-gold hour markers and a large applied ‘AP’ logo at the 12 o’clock position, as well as a printed ‘Audemars Piguet’ signature situated in a cartouche under the 12 o’clock positionThe stainless steel case, octagonal bezel, and integrated bracelet are in great condition, showing very few signs of wear. A sapphire case back yields a sneak peak at the ornately decorated 21k yellow-gold rotor. The watch comes with the original box and an extract of 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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