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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 36

    Audemars Piguet. A rarestainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet and box

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, AUTOMATIC, ROYAL OAK A-SERIES MODEL, NO. A 1455, MOVEMENT 171919, CASE 80455, CIRCA 1974

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    Audemars Piguet. A rarestainless steel automatic wristwatch with date, bracelet and box
    Signed Audemars Piguet, automatic, Royal Oak A-Series model, no. A 1455, movement 171919, case 80455, circa 1974
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 2121, 36 jewels
    DIAL: tapisserie slate, applied luminous baton numerals, outer minute divisions, aperture for date
    CASE: stainless steel tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type, octagonal bezel and case back secured by eight screws, 39 mm. diam.
    STRAP/BUCKLE: stainless steel Audemars Piguet link bracelet and deployant clasp, overall length of the bracelet approx. 175 mm
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with the Extract from the Archives confirming the sale of the present watch on 15.04.1974 and the replacement of the original movement in 2003


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    In 1972, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak model in stainless steel. Designed by Gerald Genta, the watch featured an octagonal screwed bezel which was initially inspired by a ship's porthole. Audemars Piguet produced the Royal Oak in a series of 1000 watches, hoping that the model would appeal to customers of luxurious and limited edition watches. A second series of 1000 Royal Oak "A" serial numbers was produced before they progressed on to the "B" series, "C" series, and so on. The "A-series" dials, such as the presently offered watch, featured the AP logo above the 6 o'clock, and reads "Swiss" below the 6 o'clock.

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