Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402ST 'D-series'Sold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402ST 'D-series'
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The design got inspired by an old-fashioned divers helmet; the octagonal steel case, the screws in the bezel and the tapisserie motive on the dial gave the watch this unique, industrial look. The well-known name came from a battleship from the British Royal Navy.Rarely, do we see a 5402ST in a condition as good as this one. The case and bezel have sharp edges and are free from scratches, the bracelet has no stretch and is also scratch free. Furthermore, the dial and crown have not been replaced and are in pristine condition. We dare to say that this might be the best 5402ST you can find nowadays. It's a D-series that dates back to 1982 according to the Extract of the Archives. It has the original case size of 39 mm and runs on the famous caliber 2121, which was based on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ultrathin caliber 920.
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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