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Audemars Piguet A very elegant and tasteful midsize Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 18k yellow gold with date, bracelet, papers and tag

Estimation € 7,500 – 12,500

sold € 15,600

Model: Royal Oak Mid Size
Material: yellow gold
Reference N°: BA 14470/708
Year: Circa 1990
Case N°: 229
Caliber: 2130
Movement N°: 314517/C-77048
Bracelet: yellow gold
Dimensions: 33 mm
Accessories: papers + tag

The Royal Oak is undoubtedly the most iconic watch ever produced by Audemars Piguet, and is the result of the studies and projects of the great watchmaker Gerald Genta, also designer of the Patek Philippe Nautilus and of the Cartier Pasha. Presented at Baselworld in 1972, it represented a real novelty in the Audemars universe as it was the brand’s first true sporting pride. The origin of the name has distant origins, namely from the tree under which King Charles of England was hid to save his life, which was called Royal Oak. It was so important that it gave the name to several British military ships whose portholes had the shape that inspired Gerald Genta and Audemars Piguet in the creation of the watch, and took the name Royal Oak. In addition to the historical origins of the name, this timepiece came and is still produced in various materials, complications and dimensions. The present example is a beautiful, automatic, midsize model with a 18k yellow-gold case in excellent condition integrated with the original bracelet. A sapphire crystal protects the splendid champagne square with tapisserie decoration with hands and stick indexes while a date window opens at 3 o’clock and attracts our attention. The watch is also accompanied by the Audemars Piguet Certificate of Origin and guarantee and the original tag.