Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 6005SASold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 6005SA
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There was a time when watchmakers would take their most popular models and rework them into uncommon shapes and sizes. This amazing and funky Royal Oak hybrid is the perfect example.The Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak is one of the most iconic watch designs. Its octagonal case and integrated bracelet have inspired countless designs from other brands. Yet, Audemars Piguet has produced some interesting Royal Oak branded spin offs as well.This lovely ref. 6005 takes the Royal Oak’s timeless octagonal shape and stretches it into a rectangular variety. This two tone model from the mid-1980s features a stainless steel case with 18k yellow gold ‘hinges’ on the side, as well as an 18k yellow gold bezel. The case attaches to Genta’s famous integrated Royal Oak bracelet, also executed in stainless steel and 18k yellow gold. The watch measures a classic 32.5 x 35.5 mm, making for the perfect midsize watch that is suitable for a lady as well as a classic gentleman. And, it runs on a reliable quartz movement.The slate grey dial features Audemars Piguet’s iconic ‘Petite Tappisserie’ pattern, applied 18k yellow gold thin stick markers as well as an applied 18k yellow gold AP logo at the 12 o’clock position.You’re unlikely to find many rare and forward-looking designs from one of the three grand maisons d’horlogerie, especially at this price!
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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