AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Jumbo Ref 5402SA... - Lot 71 - Osenat

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AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Jumbo Ref 5402SA... - Lot 71 - Osenat
AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Jumbo Ref 5402SA About 1976. Exceptional and rare watch extremely well preserved in yellow gold and steel, champagne dial applied baton index. Case stainless steel and yellow gold 750/1000 Bracelet stainless steel and yellow gold 750/1000. Mechanical movement with automatic winding caliber 2121. All parts of the watch are signed and numbered. Sold with additional original links. Diameter: 39 mm. Length: 21cm. The history of the Royal Oak goes back almost 500 years. The "Royal Oak" is the name of a tree that the British know well. It is a tree in which King Charles II of England hid for a day to escape from the Roundheads after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. This battle pitted the royalists, who supported the monarchy and the monarchical system, against the "Te^te-Rondes", who represented the supporters of the Parliament of England. This day has remained in the British tradition and is celebrated every May 29. However, the clock house did not choose this date for the game of hide-and-seek but mainly because many British warships have been named "Royal Oak". In history, 8 warships of the Royal Navy have been named "HMS Royal Oak". Ref. 5402 is the original Royal Oak design, as intended by legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. The all-steel version was first presented in 1972 at Baselworld and shocked the world as the first watch to be marketed as a luxury sports watch. The idea of a luxury sports watch was a completely new idea. A few years later, in the mid to late 1970s, the two-tone version and the all-gold version were launched. Until then, the concepts of "luxury watch" and "sports watch" were diametrically opposed, but Mr. Genta merged the two concepts effortlessly, and the rest is history. This original Royal Oak design is called "Jumbo" because of its large 39 mm diameter case. Alternatively, the slim 7mm profile allowed for an easy transition between the city watch and sports watch realms. Mr. Genta mastered the balance between the bezel, case, dial and bracelet for this watch. The three-body case has an interesting octagonal angular shape that reflects the spirit of the 1970s. In order not to break the leak, the case and bracelet are directly integrated into each other. The two-tone version is particularly beautiful, as the two rows of links on the bracelet are gold and contrast with the rest of the steel bracelet. The bezel is octagonal in shape, secured by the eight hexagonal white gold screws, to mimic the geometric theme and similar colors found in the case and bracelet design. On closer inspection, the champagne dial is adorned with the "tapestry" pattern. These raised rectangular patterns add a subtle but noticeable dimension to the whole. The luminous hour markers and hands are gold for a touch of elegance. The date calendar base is also gold to keep with the theme. The movement is the self-winding caliber 2121, which is only 3.05mm thick to accommodate the slim case. At the time, this was a technical feat. This extra-thin movement was made by Jaeger-LeCoultre (caliber 920) and derivatives were used by Patek Philippe for the Nautilus (ref. 3700, caliber 28-255C) and Vacheron Constantin "222" (caliber 1121), which were made at the same time. This example is in beautiful condition. The dial has developed a nice patina that blends well with the gold and gray colors. The textured "tapestry" dial fascinates when looking directly at the watch and gives it a unique style that is undoubtedly Audemars Piguet. An exceptional gold and stainless steel self-winding wristwatch by Audemars Piguet, from 1976. Self-winding mechanical movement Calibre 2121. All parts of the watch are signed and numbered case. Sold with all these links. The champagne dial developed a beautiful patina that goes well with the golden and gray colors. The textured "tapestry" dial fascinates when you look directly at the watch and gives it a unique style that is undoubtedly that of Audemars Piguet.
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