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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 23

    Audemars Piguet. An 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date

    SIGNED AUDEMARS PIGUET, AUTOMATIC, ROYAL OAK, NO. 476, MOVEMENT NO. 392'331, CASE NO. D 14296, CIRCA 1993

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    Audemars Piguet. An 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date
    Signed Audemars Piguet, Automatic, Royal Oak, No. 476, movement No. 392'331, case No. D 14296, circa 1993
    Cal. 2125 automatic movement, 33 jewels, textured gilt dial, applied luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw down octagonal bezel, screw down crown, back secured by eight screws, 18K gold Audemars Piguet deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. wide


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    According to the Archives of Audemars Piguet, the present watch was sold in France in 1993.
    The celebrated Royal Oak model was introduced into the market in 1972. Commissioned by Audemars Piguet with the development of a sport's watch never seen before, Gérald Genta designed a watch comprising a variety of new features. He conceived a system which, by compressing bezel, rubber ring and case via the bezel's eight screws, rendered it into a perfect waterproof design. The distinguished look of the Royal Oak, meant to resemble a diver fitted with a scaphander helmet on the shore of Lake Geneva, has never been equalled.

    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.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTOR