Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 25572STSold
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 25572ST
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Looking for a Day-Date in stainless steel? Rolex never made the Day-Date in steel except for six pieces (reference 6611) that were gifted to a watchmaker school for study purposes, and one reference 1800 that was used in 1977 to test the new quickset function. Audemars Piguet, however, made their version of the Royal Oak Day-Date not only in gold but also in steel. It's an unusual, pretty rare version of Audemars Piguet's iconic Royal Oak. The reference 25572 is a smaller-sized Royal Oak with a day- and date function. The day and date are displayed in two separate sub dials: the date on the right side and the day on the left side of the dial. Respectively, on the 3- and 9-hour position. Because of this the dial looks very well-balanced and clean. As a matter of fact, it even looks a bit more symmetrical than a regular Royal Oak's dial. The example we have on offer has a white dial that has patinated to a light-creamy colour. It dates back to '95 and is carried out in stainless steel.
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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