The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
203 Audemars Piguet Highly Rare and Extremely Well Preserved, Royal Oak, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, Grey Dial, Retailed by Fred, Reference 5402 SA
Estimate: € 35,000 – 70,000
Model: Royal Oak
Case Material: Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel
Case N°: B27426, N°348
Movement N°: 175 393
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives
The Royal Oak represented a real novelty in the Audemars universe as it was the brand’s first true sporting pride. It was the first luxury watch in steel with integrated bracelet and since its inception was produced in a variety of materials including full gold, platinum, tantalum, and often embellished with precious stones, the versatility of the Royal Oak helped make it a model adored by the brand’s elite clientele. The present watch is a very rare example of the two-tone reference 5402 in stainless steel and yellow gold. Its remarkable conservation strikes at a first glance with no evident sign on both the bracelet and on the case with the iconic octagonal bezel. The grey dial with applied baton indexes and hands is beautiful and further special quality of this lot since it’s one of the most rare variants to be found. On the case back to the serial number 348 and the unusual inscription “OR—ACIER” and “FRED”. Fred Joaillier, more commonly known as Fred, is a French jewelry and watch brand founded in 1936 by Fred Samuel in Paris and operated by the company “Fred Paris”. The company has more than fifty of its own shops worldwide and various retail outlets in some thirty countries and signed orders for various dynasties around the world, such as the royal family of Nepal in the 1950s, the royal family in Monaco in the 1960s as well as Middle Eastern princes between 1970 and 1990.