Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402ST 'C-Series'

It’s a great honour to present our dear customers this beautiful Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Museum Piece
Audemars Piguet Royal OakIn 1970, Audemars Piguet instructed Genta to come up with an “unprecedented steel watch.

Introduction

It’s a great honour to present our dear customers this beautiful Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.This Royal oak with reference 5402 is, without doubt, allowed to wear the title ‘Super Thin’ with its limited case size of 7 millimeters. The watch dates back to 1978 and is in pristine condition.The watch has a case size of 39 millimeters, often referred to as AP’s original ‘Jumbo’ size. The Royal Oak is made from high-quality, laser polished stainless steel, including the famous stainless steel integrated bracelet. This piece runs on the ultra-thin (3.05 millimeter) caliber 2121 that was based on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s famous caliber 849. It just underwent full service over at the Audemars Piguet factory in Switzerland and so, it comes with service card and box plus Extract of the Archives.The previous owner took care of this treasure as it was kept in immaculate condition. Even the original box and guarantee are still included dating the sale back to 1980 (although produced 2 years earlier). By this time the production of the "C-series" began and therefore, we find the AP logo at the bottom of the dial. A beloved trademark that is also present on the very first "A-series". The tapisserie dial is showing beautiful patina with light discolouring creating a brownish/ tropical hue. 

Description

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.