Royal Oak « série A » full set ref. 5402st
Thanks to the iconoclast Gerald Genta who had this genius stroke of pen in early 70s Audemars Piguet got its icon and most innovative watch design ever made which became and still is its best-seller. It was 52 years ago!
The most expensive steel diving watch at the time (more than 3x a Submariner!) and certainly very far from the period’s fashionable criterias.
Only 2000 pieces of the A series were produced. Imagine how many are still remaining in great condition given how thin the case is!
Serial: N• A16xx from 1974
Dial & case: small tapisserie 32 lines dial with SWISS only at 6 o´clock (not replacement dial SWISS MADE). This matches the generation of A series in the N°1200-2000 range (type 2 dial). Sharp case with minimal polishing history. Original crown with no brand logo. Size = 39mm.
Bracelet: original with engraved AP on one link, double attached hinge, correct clasp and rebate generation for this range of A series number. The bracelet no longer stands up as it is a bit loose.
Movement: AP 2121 caliber
Box & papers: comes with its purchase invoice paper from 1974, certificate of origin & guarantee booklet, extremelly rare aluminum box and an extract from the register from AP.
Rare in this condition and with this wonderful set, this iconic watch should belong to any curated collection.
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