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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 296

    Audemars Piguet. A fine and large stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and a spare bracelet

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, AUTOMATIC, ROYAL OAK, NO. A 33, REF. 16 E 18069-27, MOVEMENT NO. 127065, CASE NO. 67033, MANUFACTURED IN 1972

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    Audemars Piguet. A fine and large stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with date, bracelet, original certificate and a spare bracelet
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Automatic, Royal Oak, No. A 33, ref. 16 E 18069-27, movement no. 127065, case no. 67033, manufactured in 1972
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 37 jewels, the textured black dial with applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, window for date, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screwed octagonal bezel, screw down crown, the back secured by eight screws, stainless steel Audemars Piguet link bracelet and deployant clasp stamped GF for Gay Frères, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. wide


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    Accompanied by Audemars Piguet Certificat d'Origine et de Garantie made out by Gübelin SA, Zurich on 29 September 1972. Furthermore delivered with a later, spare Audemars Piguet stainless steel link bracelet and deployant clasp.

    The present watch is from the very first series of the legendary Royal Oak series, delivered to Gübelin in Zurich in 1972, the same year the model was introduced into the market.

    From its introduction to the present day, the Royal Oak, epitome of a luxury sports wristwatch with its unique octagonal screwed porthole bezel continues to captivate watch collectors and aficionados with undiminished power. The celebrated model sired a dynasty of timepieces ranging from basic time and date watches to the "Royal Oak Grande Complication" with more than 600 parts and numerous functions.