Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 25930PT

Amsterdam Vintage Watches Singel 414 1016 AK Amsterdam The Netherlands 3 September 2019Dear John Mayer,First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Audemars Piguet Royal OakSwitzerland, 1969.

Amsterdam Vintage Watches Singel 414 1016 AK Amsterdam The Netherlands

3 September 2019Dear John Mayer,First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this. It came to our attention that you have an exquisite taste of luxury watches. Furthermore, it has not gone unnoticed that you are knowledgeable and well-informed about the most exclusive timepieces and that you have built up an extraordinary collection yourself. We are writing this message to present you, Mr. Mayer, a watch that might interest you.The watch that is referred to is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Needless to say, you are familiar with this model and even in possession of several fine examples. However, we are sure that you have not come across this specimen yet. The reference belonging to this Audemars Piguet watch is 25930PT.ZZ.0944PT.01. Please, feel free to look up this reference while reading this message. There is a high probability – actually, we are pretty sure - that you will not find this watch anywhere else because it is one of a kind. Besides the rarity of this timepiece, there are some other aspects that make this watch unique. The reference 25930PT.ZZ.0944PT.01, unlike the 25930SP that is from steel and platinum, is completely from platinum (0944PT stands for platinum). What is more, the bezel and index both have factory-set diamonds (ZZ stands for factory diamonds). The dial is from sapphire crystal which exposes the beautifully finished automatic movement. Obviously, it has a perpetual calendar complication, or quantième perpétuel as Audemars Piguet calls it, which means it displays the day, date, month and automatically adjusts for leap year. If that is not good enough, the watch also has a moon phase indicator. The platinum case back is open worked and signed ‘No 020’, which probably means that this piece was specially made for a customer from Amsterdam as 020 is the area code of our beloved city. Just joking, it is the 20th piece out of an unknown range. Still, we believe that it is a unique piece and there is no other specimen with a diamond bezel around as Audemars Piguet numbered the platinum cases before the bezel was assembled. The watch has just been serviced by Audemars Piguet and comes with the papers of this revision and the Extract from the Archives. It was sealed but we have unboxed it for a video, which you can find on our YouTube channel (Dutch only).Concluded, this watch is bizarre and we think, it indispensable to your collection. For further information, please, check the ‘Specifications’ below. Also, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.Yours sincerely,Amsterdam Vintage Watches
Audemars Piguet Royal OakSwitzerland, 1969. The quartz crisis was in full swing. Audemars Piguet, facing financial troubles, asked Gérald Genta to design a new watch. The managing director did not have many requirements. The watch had to be:
  • From steel;
  • Waterproof;
  • Sportive;
  • And oh yeah, the design had to be finished the following morning!
That night, Mr. Genta was drawing designs as if his life depended on it. Little did he knew that during that particular night the watch that he had drawn, would become one of his most iconic creations. He got inspired by an old-fashioned divers helmet; the octagonal steel case, the screws in the bezel and the tapestry motive in the dial gave the watch this unique, industrial look. The well-known name came from a battleship from the British Royal Navy. A work of art was born!However, it was not a success from the start. The watch was back then, in ’72, considered as too big (39 mm) and too expensive (3,300 Swiss francs). It received fierce criticism and the watch was considered out of place. Nevertheless, the quality and charm could not be denied by collectors and trendsetters. One year later, after AP had sold 1000 pieces, sales truly took off and the AP Royal Oak became – as Genta himself said – a masterpiece.