Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

227 Audemars Piguet Highly Rare and Extremely Well Preserved, Royal Oak, Automatic Wristwatch in White-gold, Diamond-Set Dial, With Box, Service Receipt and Extract from the Archives, Reference 5402 BC

Estimate: € 120,000 –⁠ 240,000

Sold € 175,500

Model: Royal Oak
Reference: 5402BC
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: White Gold
Year: 1980
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 2121
Case N°: N° 114, B43451
Movement N°: 211 843
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Extract from the Archives, Service and Additional Link

Iconic as very few other models have been in the history of horology, the Royal Oak model is the umpteenth creation of the immortal designer Gerald Genta. Launched at Baselworld in 1972, it represented a real novelty in the Audemars universe as it was the brand’s first true sporting pride. Its name comes from the “Royal Oak” tree under which King Charles of England was hid to save his life. 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, calling it Royal Oak. It was the first luxury watch in steel with integrated bracelet and since its inception, Audemars Piguet would have made many of its variants and, in order to offer its customers a more precious but at the same time sporty alternative, it decided to launch a version of Royal Oak fully in gold. When Audemars introduced this first white-gold model, under the reference 5402 BC such as the present lot, wanted to realize few pieces just for selected people, in fact, this is one of only 149 believed to have been manufactured by the firm making this configuration the rarest variants of the original reference 5402. Compared to the same version in steel, this piece is extraordinary in terms of heaviness and luxuriousness. The present example is absolutely remarkable for its conservation: the whole bracelet and clasp are in excellent conditions and also the back still presents the case number engraved very crisp. The case and the immediately recognizable bezel are perfectly preserved still maintaining their original proportions. The black guilloché mini-“tapisserie” pattern, a texture dial found on all early Royal Oak dials, is still nice and well defined. It is, furthermore, embellished with applied diamond-set indexes for the hours markers and the AP logo at 12, while at 3 o’clock is located the date window. The present lot is a lavish example of one of the most appreciated models ever produced by the brand and, moreover, this watch is accompanied by lots of documentation: Box, Extract from the Archives, Service and an Additional Link