Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 4100SASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 4100SA
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We love the Royal Oak. It's one of the most important and iconic watch designs. But not everyone can pull off the 39mm Jumbo Royal Oak. The ref. 4100 presents a more modestly sized alternative.The ref. 4100 sports the same bold angular design as the original Jumbo Royal Oak, but its 34.5mm case size looks much better on those among us with smaller wrists. The watch, however, is far from diminutive as the integrated bracelet and the 7.5 mm thickness give it plenty of wrist presence. The steel and gold case and bracelet are in razor-sharp condition. The silvered dial dons Audemars Piguet’s classic ‘petite tapisserie’ graving with an applied AP logo, white text, and long 18k yellow-gold applied hour markers. The watch comes with service papers and an extract of the archives. The extract reveals that the watch dates back to 1980, the last year that this reference was produced.
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.
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