SOLD – AP Royal Oak Yellow Gold Ref. 15000BA
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15000BA circa late 1990s. This example remains it excellent original condition with unpolished case and tight bracelet. This model has a 33mm diameter case housing the automatic cal. 2140 movement. It features its original tapisserie dial and hands both in excellent condition. Not many examples remain in such condition with this piece most likely worn occasionally over the past 20 years. It is accompanied by its original Royal Oak box and booklet. The demand & appreciation for these iconic original models ever increasing, the prices have followed suit with no signs of slowing down.
Audemars Piguet History
Founded by childhood friends Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875, Audemars Piguet began life as Audemars Piguet & Cie and has been family-owned since its inception. Both talented watchmakers, AP quickly rose through the ranks of watchmaking brands and became quite a highly respected brand. In 1892 they created the world’s first minute-repeated movement for a wristwatch, truly putting themselves on the map. From there, they continued to develop their watchmaking renown with various complications such as Grande Complication timepieces, novel finishing techniques and introducing things like openworking and so on.
One of the truly great Swiss watchmakers, AP has since climbed to the top of their game and exists as one of the three “Holy Trinity” brands alongside Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, whereby their work is seen as truly exceptional and deserving of its own category. Of all the innovations AP has introduced over the years, few are as important as the Royal Oak. While new complications are undoubtedly interesting, the Royal Oak was a calculated decision that single-handedly saved AP from financial ruin and created the luxury sports watch market that we have today.
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