Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

84 Audemars Piguet Very Elegant and Tasteful Royal Oak Quantieme Perpetual Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 25820ST, Tapisserie Dial, Date and Bracelet

Estimate: € 28,000 –⁠ 50,000

Sold € 42,900

Lot Description

Model: Royal Oak
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 25820ST0009445T03
Year: 2000s
Case N°: F38155
Caliber: 21C
Movement type: Automatic
Movement N°: 549490
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

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. Launched 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 roots, 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 example of the ref. 25820ST.O.0944.ST.01 with Perpetual Calendar. The stainless steel version was available in five different dial variants: smooth silvered dial, three different hues of blue with tapisserie and, such as the present lot, white tapisserie. This lot is really eautufl in all its aspect, from the stainless steel bracelet with original AP deployant, passing to the case with the octagonal bezel and 8 gold screws, till finish with the white dial with the beautiful configuration with applied baton numerals, Royal Oak hands and with indication of day, date, moon phases, month and leap years. The distinctive design of this watch has now become extremely sought after and recognizable and the present lot with its sporty look is perfect for every occasion.