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    About Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    The Royal Oak watch brand is one of the most emblematic and iconic models of modern watchmaking. At the prestigious Basel annual fair in 1972, Audemars Piguet presented this revolutionary design to address its severe crisis caused by the advent of quartz watches, which also affected the foundations of the sector.

     

    This new sporty and elegant model broke with all established aesthetic canons. With its unusual case of 39 mm diameter (Jumbo) and a striking octagonal bezel fixed by eight hexagonal screws in white gold, this Gerald Genta design received its deserved recognition years later. The collection’s name was given because of its unique bezel, inspired by the portholes of the contemporary HMS Royal Oak. However, to truly understand the history of its name, we need to go back in time. In 1651, at the end of the English Civil War, King Charles II fled to France to save his life. During his escape in the forest of Boscobel, the monarch had to hide in the branches of a large oak to avoid being discovered, thereby unable to carry out the monarchical restoration. The famous oak, popularly called “Royal Oak,” ended up becoming a real symbol, which even Charles II paid tribute to. Since then, and to this day, eight ships of the Royal Navy have borne this same name. Due to this, Audemars took this historic name and used it for its novel model.

     

    But the biggest surprise this sector experienced was not only in the design, but also in the fact that the watch was made entirely in stainless steel, with a price similar to many watches made of precious metals. For the first time, what made a watch valuable was its design and the precision of its execution, as well as the quality and performance of its movement. The first reference of the Royal Oak was the 5402 ST (39 mm) and it had the caliber AP 2121 (based on the caliber 920 of Jaeger-LeCoultre). It was characterized by a thin movement and it integrated an extra bracelet with its legendary Guillochè dial. The first editions of the “Jumbo” did not receive the hoped-for response from the general public, and the prestigious Swiss watchmaker took more than a year to sell the 1,000 copies that made up the first edition. In 1973, Audemars Piguet produced another identical edition of the original “Jumbo” (Series A), named for the vowel that accompanied the serial number. In the following years, the series B and C appeared but with small changes. There are four references of Royal Oak that allude to the different variants of the original model.

     

    The iconic reference 5402ST was followed by the 14802ST, the 15002ST, and the current 15202ST. It should be noted that during the 80s, the birth of multiple versions kept intact the most prominent visual elements of the model while introducing new materials, colors, straps, and all kinds of complications. Thus, the Royal Oak is not only one of the most famous sports watches of all time, but it was also important for the luxury watch retailer. Today, it is still one of the most sought-after models by the general public.

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