Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25730STSold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25730ST
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There’s absolutely no need to take your beloved Royal Oak off the wrist when travelling with this amazing Dual-Time.
This first-series ref. 25730ST is housed in a classic 36 mm stainless steel case with the original unsigned crown and features a bevy of handy complications. For the travellers and business people amongst us, the sub-register at the 6 o’clock position displays a handy second time zone so that you know exactly what time you’re calling your business/romantic partner on the other side of the world.
The dual-time complication is complemented by a date indication in a sub-register at 2/3 o’clock position and a handy power reserve indicator between the 8 and 11 o’clock positions. An interesting, and rather handy, detail on these first-series 25730s is that the power reserve was marked with hours whereas later iterations would include a stylized indicator without the numbers.
The useful complications on this ref. 25730ST are set against a snowy white dial with Audemars Piguet’s classic Petite Tappisserie’ engraved pattern and applied 18K white gold hour markers with luminescent coating. The watch, of course, comes on the iconic stainless steel integrated Royal Oak.
The watch dates back to the 1990s and is in excellent condition with sharp lines, wonderful bevels, and a tight bracelet.
Audemars 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 Oak In 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.