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 present watch is part of the first 2000 Royal Oaks ever created, with the serial number "A1440". It has an original "A-series" dial, with the AP logo above the 6 o'clock, and reads "Swiss" below the 6 o'clock. The present watch is a fine example of a Royal Oak "A-Series" which is in nearly mint condition and maintains all of its original charm and integrity.