Audemars Piguet. A stainless steel and gold self-winding calendar bracelet watch  Early series Royal Oak, No. 68, Late 1970's
Lot 189
Audemars Piguet. A stainless steel and gold self-winding calendar bracelet watch
Early series Royal Oak, No. 68, Late 1970's
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,119) inc. premium

Lot Details
Audemars Piguet. A stainless steel and gold self-winding calendar bracelet watch
Early series Royal Oak, No. 68, Late 1970's
37-jewel Cal.2121 rhodium plated automatic movement adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, 21ct gold edged rotor, grid-pattern anthracite dial with applied gold luminescent baton hour markers, gold baton hands, centre seconds, date aperture at 3, sapphire crystal, steel octagonal one-piece case with octagonal gold bezel secured by 8 white gold bolts, screw-down crown, fitted stainless steel and gold Audemars Piguet bracelet with concealed flip-lock clasp, case, dial and movement signed
36mm.

Footnotes

  • In April 1972 at the annual Swiss Watch Show, later renamed Baselworld, Audemars Piguet introduced a luxury steel watch with integrated bracelet characterised by a unusual case designed by Gerald Genta. After some initial reservations about the style and price (it was one of the most expensive steel watches on the market at the time), the watch went on to become a huge international success and one of the most iconic watches ever. The automatic Calibre 2121 movement was later also used by Patek Philippe for the Nautilus, another steel sport watch designed by Gerald Genta in 1976.

    Audemars Piguet built a first series of just 1000 pieces, known by collectors as the 'A-series', recognisable by the AP initials placed above 6 o'clock rather than at 12 o'clock used in the successive series.
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