Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500

This year (2019), Audemars Piguet replaced the reference 15400, the base model Royal Oak, with the reference 15500.

Museum Piece
Audemars Piguet Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an unprecedented steel watch.

Introduction

This year (2019), Audemars Piguet replaced the reference 15400, the base model Royal Oak, with the reference 15500. The Swiss watch manufacturer from Le Brassus made some incremental adjustments to the design while still maintaining the classic Royal Oak look. An important change is the use of a new in-house movement.You might wonder: "What has been changed?". When it comes to aesthetics, the 15500 has a thicker case, the minute track is displayed on the outer edge of the dial, the date aperture is positioned farther away from the centre of the dial and the applied hour-markers are wider. The new movement is more precise and has a longer power reserve. The 15500 comes in five different versions: three in steel with either a black, blue or grey dial and two in rose gold with both a black dial and either a bracelet or a leather strap. The one we have on offer is from steel, has a grey dial and is brandnew. It comes with the inner and outer box and the international warranty paper and card.

Description

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.