Royal Oak « Salmon dial »
Ref. 14700st FULL SET
The Royal Oak was not a blast commercially back in 1972/73. Its proportions were unusual (39mm diameter / 7mm tickness) and its design very iconoclast. It took two years before they could sell the first 1000 pieces. In 1976 Audemars asked Jacqueline Dimier to rethink for ladies the 5402 and the little sisters 4100 (36mm) & 8638 (29mm) were born. It was decided in the late 80s’ to do a newer and better version of the 36mm with the 14700st (1990/91) quickly replaced by the 14790st (1992-2005) and even a 14800st in 1993 (leather bracelet).
The current timepiece comes from its first German owner. It features a rare dial with a « Salmon » color which is among collectors’ favourite today. Known as « the other dial color » as it brings a novelty to the eye usually looking at black, blue, grey, gold or white dials. Size = 36mm.
The overall condition of this timepiece is remarkable. Very thick case with some distance between the hole and the edge on both side. Immaculate dial. Almost no visible evidence it has been worn. The crown was replaced during a service by WEMPE in 2009.
Serial: C 94XXX N° 164 from 1990, sold in may 1996.
Movement: AP caliber 2125
Box & papers: full set with original certificate, box, coverbox and extract from the register.