Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 26330STSold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 26330ST
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This watch combines the classic looks of the Royal Oak with a bonafide complication from one the Grand Maisons d’Horlogerie! The 26330ST takes the classic 39 mm stainless steel ‘Jumbo’ Royal Oak case and incorporates a lovely day and date complication. The day and date function are displayed on two large cream-colored recessed sub-dials with black engraved center discs at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. Due to the resemblance to the eyes of an owl, these Royal Oak Day-Dates are known to collectors as “The Owl”. The black dial features Audemars Piguet’s well-known ‘Grande Tappisserie’ engraved pattern as well as 18k white-gold hour markers and hands filled with super luminova luminous compound.The famous Gerald Genta-designed steel octagonal case and integrated steel bracelet are in like-new condition. This watch dates back to 2010 and comes as a full set, with the original box and papers. The watch has just been serviced by Audemars Piguet and comes with a two-year service warranty.
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 main 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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